c.1943 - ?

Jenny Goater

As Jennifer Ann Speirs, she was born around 1943, eldest daughter of John Roger Spiers (21 December 1911-13 October 1990) and his wife Eileen Doris Spiers. Jennifer married at Frenze Parish Church, Norfolk on 12 April 1969, Michael John Robert Goater (born 1945), an antique dealer, and works under the name of Jenny Goater. Jenny trained at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire where several of her large works were hung in Corsham Court. She was a teacher at Millfield School in Somerset, but continued to paint and etch, being inspired by the Somerset Levels. In 1978, she and her family moved to Priory Road, Palgrave, Suffolk where she ran an art group and helped set up the Palgrave Gallery. Besides following her own development, Jenny produces works from small table sculptures to larger garden pieces and her commissions include a one-and-a-half metre high prancing horse for Ferrari. As a painter/sculptor using wire, she translates the drawn line into an exciting three-dimensional medium, a technique derived from armatures constructed to support works in clay or plaster. Wire gives the freedom of drawing in space and its shapes can suggest dynamic movement or static volume and weight, but some ingenuity is necessary to ensure that whatever size the work, the wire creates a sound structure which makes visual sense from all angles. She has exhibited at the East Anglian Open, Kings Lynn; Frederick Gallery, Raveningham both in Norfolk; Halesworth Gallery; Suffolk Open Studios; and Woodgates Gallery, East Bergholt, all in Suffolk and Downing College, Cambridge and at Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge. Her work can be seen at Pell Howell, Priory Road, Palgrave, Suffolk.

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