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Famous Coventry Sculptor Dies at 81

We are sad to report the recent death of Jean Parker, the Coventry sculptor who created The Enfolding, outside the Herbert Gallery. 

Jean Parker

The following letter has been received from her son James.

"It's lovely to hear about your interest in my mother's work. She was very talented and creative as i'm sure you're aware.

"She grew up in liverpool the youngest of four with three older brothers. She was born 30.03.36. Having married Ron in Liverpool they moved to Birmingham then to Coventry in 1978 when he got a consultant surgeon job at Walsgrave. Mum initially trained to be a teacher in Matlock but had always had artistic flair and once the children were older she did a foundation in art at the 'lanch' at cov poly. She went on to do both a degree in art and masters in fine art there. She has had many commissions nationally for her art, with her bald statements series of heads on grief is still being exhibited for free on request by the westhill foundation. She has also made prints, written poetry. She has always been an active member of the united reformed church, being an elder in Brinklow.

"She moved from Brinklow four years ago for a quieter life in Bude, close to her eldest daughter Rachel. Inevitably she didn't have a quiet life as she quickly made many friends, many through university of the third age, where she was part of the poetry group, book group and ukelele group. She died quite unexpectedly on Sunday 23rd April at home having had a lovely day and having played in her ukulele band's first concert that afternoon.

"She's having a funeral in Bude on 6th May and a memorial in Brinklow URC on 10th may at 11am."

The enfolding by Jean Parker

Reader Comments (2)

So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. I met her on a Coventry diocesan pilgrimage to Santiago. She was a remarkable woman. I was lucky enough to be able to buy a maquette of The Enfolding which I cherish.

By Janis Raishbrook on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Have treasured memories of spending a day art course at her home in Coventry

By Gloria Arnett on Thursday, October 28, 2021

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