Archive for July 8, 2014

Artist of the moment……Beryl Cook



Beryl Cook was a British painter and illustrator renown for his comical drawings of women in funny social situations. Beryl Cook was born in Engham, Surrey, England in the year 1926.

Cook was self taught as an artist, only beginning her art career in her middle age. She began to sell her art in the 1970s, when she was nearly fifty years of age. The artist was an introvert, and painted characters she wished she could be.

The artist was influenced by Sir Stanley Spencer, who painted wonderful scenes often of biblical stories, with many characters and actions involved.

Beryl Cook passed away in 2008 at the age of 81 years of age.

Price range information:  Cook was an outstanding and prolific printmaker and prints can be found for less than one thousand dollars. Original oils can reach as high as $50,000.

In this clip a great selection of works by Beryl Cook set to jazz music by Ella Fitzgerald, a great combo!:




Artist of the moment………Mark Farand


Mark Farand is wonderful artist who paints in a very unique style, he twists and contorts architectural forms in his landscape paintings. Farand is renown for his fantastic use of colour and perspective.

Farand hails from Canada. Farand was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. The artist remains based out of Calgary.

For his collegiate education Farand studied graphic design at the Art Academy of Cincinati, Ohio and also the Alberta College of Art and Design.

The artist paints in oils and watercolour.

Farand is found in many public and private collections. Also look for his work at the annual Calgary Stampede.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of Mark Farand: