Jean Spencer (1942-1998)
Born in Hampshire in 1942, Jean Spencer attended Bath Academy of Art, Corsham (1960-63). Here she was taught by Malcolm Hughes who later became her husband. To begin with Spencer used mathematics to explore issues of rhythm and sequence, working through the possible permutations of very simple elements through repetition. This method is evident in her earliest works, particularly her white reliefs. In 1968 she became part of the Systems Group and exhibited in a number of shows with them, including the Arts Council touring exhibition (1968) and the Systems exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (1972). By the late 1970s she became increasingly interested in colour, combining numerical and colour sequences. Her work is held in numerous public collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, The Tate Gallery, Southampton City Gallery and Mondriaanhuis Amersfoort, Netherlands.