Fosse Gallery - British Contemporary Artists

William Gear, painter of abstracts in oil, watercolour and gouache, was born in Fife, Scotland, on 2nd August 1915, the son of Janet Gear and Porteous Gear, a coal miner. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1932 - 6, gaining a postgraduate scholarship that enabled him to study art at Edinburgh University from 1936 -7. Winning a travelling scholarship enabled him to visit Italy, Greece, and the Balkans and to study in Paris with Fernand Leger.

After serving throughout the Second World War as an officer in the Royal Corps of Signals he settled in Paris where he met many of the leading post-war Parisian artists. After meeting Appel, Constant, Corneille and Jorn, he joined the COBRA group, Europe's most important avant-garde movement of the mid - twentieth century. COBRA is an acronym based on Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam in acknowledgement of the founders' nationalities and to emphasise the internationalism of their attitude.

The COBRA painters emphasised spontaneity - an image, they felt, should appear on the canvas as naturally and quickly as a sudden change of weather in the world beyond the window. And it ought to be as impersonal as a thunderstorm.
William Gear exhibited with the group in Amsterdam and Copenhagen in 1949; however, beyond his association with COBRA he had a long and successful career in his own right. For example, he was awarded a Festival of Britain Purchase Prize in 1951 and his work appeared at the 1954 Venice Biennale. He became a Senior Royal Academician in 1995 and his work is held in many major public and private collections around the world.

From quite early in his career Gear demonstrated a fondness for heavy black line as a division of colour - predominantly reds, yellows and oranges. He acknowledged that this probably derived in part from his childhood - subconscious memories of the pit-head winding gear and the engineering marvel of the Forth Bridge. He regarded structure - the architecture, like a building, the scaffolding as the most essential basis of his painting. William Gear, RA is essential viewing for all those interested in twentieth-century British art.

William Gear Red/Green/Yellow 1966

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Red/Green/Yellow 1966
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 26 inches
£2500

William Gear Metamorphosis - May 1977

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Metamorphosis - May 1977
Acrylic
15 x 23 inches
sold

William Gear Evolving Structure - Jan 1980

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Evolving Structure - Jan 1980
Acrylic
20 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Facade Yellow/Orange - Oct 1990

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Facade Yellow/Orange - Oct 1990
Mixed Media
15 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Standing Structure - Oct 1990

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Standing Structure - Oct 1990
Mixed Media
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Encounter - Aug 1968

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Encounter - Aug 1968
Mixed media on paper-Unframed
31 x 23 inches
sold

William Gear Structure Blue Ground - Aug 1977

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Structure Blue Ground - Aug 1977
Mixed media on paper-Unframed
31 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Ruins, Poggibonsi - January 1945

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Ruins, Poggibonsi - January 1945
gouache
13 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Head - June 1947

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Head - June 1947
pencil & watercolour
14x11 inches
sold

William Gear St Ives - June 1948

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
St Ives - June 1948
mixed media
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Parisian Landscape  - August 1948

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Parisian Landscape - August 1948
mixed media
19x12 inches
sold

William Gear Paysage Rouge - October 1948

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Paysage Rouge - October 1948
gouache
12x19 inches
sold

William Gear Black/Pink/Ochre - January 1949

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Black/Pink/Ochre - January 1949
mixed media
18x14 inches
sold

William Gear Marine Elements - August 1950

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Marine Elements - August 1950
pencil & watercolour
25x18 inches
sold

William Gear Construction Study - December 1953

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Construction Study - December 1953
mixed media
24x18 inches
sold

William Gear Figures Meeting - 1953

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Figures Meeting - 1953
gouache
22x15 inches
sold

William Gear Dark Verticals - 1953

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Dark Verticals - 1953
gouache
22x15 inches
sold

William Gear Illus 1 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Illus 1 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954
indian ink
10x9 inches
sold

William Gear Illus 2 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Illus 2 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954
indian ink
8x6 inches
sold

William Gear Study - September 1957

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Study - September 1957
ink
10x12 inches
sold

William Gear Dark Agitation - January 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Dark Agitation - January 1959
mixed media
12x19 inches
sold

William Gear Deluge No 1 - March 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Deluge No 1 - March 1959
mixed media
41x27 inches
sold

William Gear Red/Yellow/Blue - May 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Red/Yellow/Blue - May 1959
mixed media
9x12 inches
sold

William Gear Fluid Cascade - 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Fluid Cascade - 1959
mixed media
41x27 inches
sold

William Gear Vertical Blue/Green - November 1961

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Vertical Blue/Green - November 1961
acrylic & ink
31x22 inches
sold

William Gear Paysage - October 1962

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Paysage - October 1962
acrylic
31x23 inches
sold

William Gear Highland Landscape - May 1963

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Highland Landscape - May 1963
mixed media
22x29 inches
sold

William Gear Black/Brown Vertical - March 1964

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Black/Brown Vertical - March 1964
mixed media
22x14 inches
sold

William Gear Ambush 1948

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Ambush 1948
Indian Ink on Paper
19 x 25 inches
sold

William Gear Sombre Rhythm 1951

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Sombre Rhythm 1951
Indian Ink on Paper
13 x 10 inches
sold

William Gear Illustration 5 for Three Cornered Hat 1954

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Illustration 5 for Three Cornered Hat 1954
Indian Ink on Paper
6 x 8 inches
sold

William Gear Illustration 6 for Three Cornered Hat 1954

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Illustration 6 for Three Cornered Hat 1954
Indian Ink on Paper
6 x 8 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Encounter Aug 1967

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Yellow Encounter Aug 1967
Mixed Media on Paper
23 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Grey Structure Aug 1968

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Grey Structure Aug 1968
Mixed Media on Paper
23 x 30 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Flash Sept 1968

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Yellow Flash Sept 1968
Mixed Media on Paper
23 x 30 inches
sold

William Gear Red Feature Oct 1961

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Red Feature Oct 1961
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Red Green Landscape Nov 1961

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Red Green Landscape Nov 1961
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Intricate Landscape 1947

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Intricate Landscape 1947
Paris
12 x 18 inches
sold

William Gear Linear Study 1948

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Linear Study 1948
Paris
19 x 24 inches
sold

William Gear Boulders 1947

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Boulders 1947
Paris
10 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Self Portrait 1949

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Self Portrait 1949
Paris
24 x 19 inches
sold

William Gear Barrier 1949

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Barrier 1949
Paris
15 x 20 inches
sold

William Gear Tree Study 1952

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Tree Study 1952
Speen Farm, Buckinghamshire
15 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Black/Green Verticals 1953

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Black/Green Verticals 1953
Speen Farm, Buckinghamshire
15 x 23 inches
sold

William Gear Frantic Feature 1986

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Frantic Feature 1986
Edgbaston, Birmingham
29 x 20 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Fantasy 1989

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Yellow Fantasy 1989
Edgbaston, Birmingham
20 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Blue and Ochre 1991

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Blue and Ochre 1991
Edgbaston, Birmingham
21 x 30 inches
sold

William Gear Spanish Dwellings I 1954

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Spanish Dwellings I 1954
Littlebourne, Kent
6 x 9 inches
sold

William Gear Spanish Dwellings II 1954

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Spanish Dwellings II 1954
Littlebourne, Kent
6 x 8 inches
sold

William Gear Dancing Figure 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Dancing Figure 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
40 x 27 inches
sold

William Gear Marine Encounter 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Marine Encounter 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
27 x 20 inches
sold

William Gear Marine Impact 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Marine Impact 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
23 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Dark Movement 1959

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Dark Movement 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
40 x 27 inches
sold

William Gear Meeting Forms 1961

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Meeting Forms 1961
Eastbourne, Sussex
31 x 23 inches
sold

William Gear Vertical Feature 1961

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Vertical Feature 1961
Eastbourne, Sussex
15 x 11 inches
sold

William Gear Contained Figures 1962

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Contained Figures 1962
Eastbourne, Sussex
31 x 23 inches
sold

William Gear Burnt Feature 1963

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Burnt Feature 1963
Eastbourne, Sussex
10 x 7 inches
sold

William Gear Summer Cascade 1963

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Summer Cascade 1963
Eastbourne, Sussex
15 x 11 inches
sold

William Gear Triumvirate 1953

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Triumvirate 1953
Speen Farm, Buckinghamshire
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Sweeping Feature 1966

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Sweeping Feature 1966
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Blue Vertical 1967

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Blue Vertical 1967
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Contained Heat 1968

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Contained Heat 1968
Edgbaston, Birmingham
20 x 25 inches
sold

William Gear Study 1968

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Study 1968
Edgbaston, Birmingham
12 x 18 inches
sold

William Gear Red Form 1970

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Red Form 1970
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 28 inches
sold

William Gear Twig Structure 1970

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Twig Structure 1970
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x17 inches
sold

William Gear Fragmenting Feature 1974

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Fragmenting Feature 1974
Edgbaston, Birmingham
30 x 21 inches
sold

William Gear Black Verticals on Blue 1974

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Black Verticals on Blue 1974
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Tulip Form No 2 1974

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Tulip Form No 2 1974
Edgbaston, Birmingham
30 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Emerging Diamonds 1975

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Emerging Diamonds 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
20 x 12 inches
sold

William Gear Flying Biomorph 1975

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Flying Biomorph 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
14 x18 inches
sold

William Gear Punctured Element 1975

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Punctured Element 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
12 x 10 inches
sold

William Gear Jostling Shards 1975

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Jostling Shards 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Heraklion 1981

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Heraklion 1981
Crete
12 x 14 inches
sold

William Gear Escaping Feature 1983

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Escaping Feature 1983
Edgbaston, Birmingham
11 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Fracturing Structure 1983

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Fracturing Structure 1983
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Blue Structure 1984

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Blue Structure 1984
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Fine Structure on Green 1953

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Fine Structure on Green 1953
Littlebourne, Kent
15 x 11 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Swerve 1987

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Yellow Swerve 1987
Edgbaston, Birmingham
21 x 14 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Movement 1989

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Yellow Movement 1989
Edgbaston, Birmingham
15 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Fine Structure on Orange 1953

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Fine Structure on Orange 1953
Littlebourne, Kent
20 x 12 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Monument 1990

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Yellow Monument 1990
Edgbaston, Birmingham
19 x 27 inches
sold

William Gear Sculpture Yellow/Orange 1990

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Sculpture Yellow/Orange 1990
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Black Trap No 1 1990

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Black Trap No 1 1990
Edgbaston, Birmingham
14 x 20 inches
sold

William Gear Red Base 1996

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Red Base 1996
Edgbaston, Birmingham
12 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Eye 1996

William Gear RA (d. 1997)
Yellow Eye 1996
Edgbaston, Birmingham
16 x 20 inches
sold

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