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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.


Future Exhibition
William Gear RA 1915 - 1997
Centenary Exhibition of Works on Paper
From 1947 to 1996
In collaboration with the artist's estate

Private View: Sunday 1st February
11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
The Exhibition continues until: Saturday 21st February 2015

William Gear Yellow Eye 1996

William Gear
Yellow Eye 1996
Edgbaston, Birmingham
16 x 20 inches
£1500

William Gear Red Base 1996

William Gear
Red Base 1996
Edgbaston, Birmingham
12 x 16 inches
£1200

William Gear Blue and Ochre 1991

William Gear
Blue and Ochre 1991
Edgbaston, Birmingham
21 x 30 inches
£2800

William Gear Yellow Monument 1990

William Gear
Yellow Monument 1990
Edgbaston, Birmingham
19 x 27 inches
£2500

William Gear Yellow Fantasy 1989

William Gear
Yellow Fantasy 1989
Edgbaston, Birmingham
20 x 16 inches
£1500

William Gear Yellow Movement 1989

William Gear
Yellow Movement 1989
Edgbaston, Birmingham
15 x 22 inches
£1800

William Gear Yellow Swerve 1987

William Gear
Yellow Swerve 1987
Edgbaston, Birmingham
21 x 14 inches
£1500

William Gear Frantic Feature 1986

William Gear
Frantic Feature 1986
Edgbaston, Birmingham
29 x 20 inches
£2800

William Gear Blue Structure 1984

William Gear
Blue Structure 1984
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 16 inches
£1800

William Gear Escaping Feature 1983

William Gear
Escaping Feature 1983
Edgbaston, Birmingham
11 x 15 inches
£1200

William Gear Punctured Element 1975

William Gear
Punctured Element 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
12 x 10 inches
£1000

William Gear Emerging Diamonds 1975

William Gear
Emerging Diamonds 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
20 x 12 inches
£1300

William Gear Twig Structure 1970

William Gear
Twig Structure 1970
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x17 inches
£1800

William Gear Red Form 1970

William Gear
Red Form 1970
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 28 inches
£2800

William Gear Blue Vertical 1967

William Gear
Blue Vertical 1967
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 16 inches
£1800

William Gear Sweeping Feature 1966

William Gear
Sweeping Feature 1966
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 15 inches
£1800

William Gear Red/Green/Yellow 1966

William Gear
Red/Green/Yellow 1966
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 26 inches
£2500

William Gear Meeting Forms 1961

William Gear
Meeting Forms 1961
Eastbourne, Sussex
31 x 23 inches
£3000

William Gear Marine Encounter 1959

William Gear
Marine Encounter 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
27 x 20 inches
£2500

William Gear Fine Structure on Orange 1953

William Gear
Fine Structure on Orange 1953
Littlebourne, Kent
20 x 12 inches
£1200

William Gear Fine Structure on Green 1953

William Gear
Fine Structure on Green 1953
Littlebourne, Kent
15 x 11 inches
£1200

William Gear Black/Green Verticals 1953

William Gear
Black/Green Verticals 1953
Speen Farm, Buckinghamshire
15 x 23 inches
£2000

William Gear Self Portrait 1949

William Gear
Self Portrait 1949
Paris
19 x 24 inches
£2500

William Gear Black Trap No 1 1990

William Gear
Black Trap No 1 1990
Edgbaston, Birmingham
14 x 20 inches
sold

William Gear Sculpture Yellow/Orange 1990

William Gear
Sculpture Yellow/Orange 1990
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Fracturing Structure 1983

William Gear
Fracturing Structure 1983
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Heraklion 1981

William Gear
Heraklion 1981
Crete
12 x 14 inches
sold

William Gear Jostling Shards 1975

William Gear
Jostling Shards 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
22 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Flying Biomorph 1975

William Gear
Flying Biomorph 1975
Edgbaston, Birmingham
14 x18 inches
sold

William Gear Tulip Form No 2 1974

William Gear
Tulip Form No 2 1974
Edgbaston, Birmingham
30 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Black Verticals on Blue 1974

William Gear
Black Verticals on Blue 1974
Edgbaston, Birmingham
23 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Fragmenting Feature 1974

William Gear
Fragmenting Feature 1974
Edgbaston, Birmingham
30 x 21 inches
sold

William Gear Study 1968

William Gear
Study 1968
Edgbaston, Birmingham
12 x 18 inches
sold

William Gear Contained Heat 1968

William Gear
Contained Heat 1968
Edgbaston, Birmingham
20 x 25 inches
sold

William Gear Summer Cascade 1963

William Gear
Summer Cascade 1963
Eastbourne, Sussex
15 x 11 inches
sold

William Gear Burnt Feature 1963

William Gear
Burnt Feature 1963
Eastbourne, Sussex
10 x 7 inches
sold

William Gear Contained Figures 1962

William Gear
Contained Figures 1962
Eastbourne, Sussex
31 x 23 inches
sold

William Gear Vertical Feature 1961

William Gear
Vertical Feature 1961
Eastbourne, Sussex
15 x 11 inches
sold

William Gear Dark Movement 1959

William Gear
Dark Movement 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
40 x 27 inches
sold

William Gear Marine Impact 1959

William Gear
Marine Impact 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
23 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Dancing Figure 1959

William Gear
Dancing Figure 1959
Eastbourne, Sussex
40 x 27 inches
sold

William Gear Spanish Dwellings II 1954

William Gear
Spanish Dwellings II 1954
Littlebourne, Kent
6 x 8 inches
sold

William Gear Spanish Dwellings I 1954

William Gear
Spanish Dwellings I 1954
Littlebourne, Kent
6 x 9 inches
sold

William Gear Triumvirate 1953

William Gear
Triumvirate 1953
Speen Farm, Buckinghamshire
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Tree Study 1952

William Gear
Tree Study 1952
Speen Farm, Buckinghamshire
15 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Barrier 1949

William Gear
Barrier 1949
Paris
15 x 20 inches
sold

William Gear Boulders 1947

William Gear
Boulders 1947
Paris
10 x 16 inches
sold

William Gear Linear Study 1948

William Gear
Linear Study 1948
Paris
19 x 24 inches
sold

William Gear Intricate Landscape 1947

William Gear
Intricate Landscape 1947
Paris
12 x 18 inches
sold

William Gear Red Green Landscape Nov 1961

William Gear
Red Green Landscape Nov 1961
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Red Feature Oct 1961

William Gear
Red Feature Oct 1961
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Flash Sept 1968

William Gear
Yellow Flash Sept 1968
Mixed Media on Paper
23 x 30 inches
sold

William Gear Grey Structure Aug 1968

William Gear
Grey Structure Aug 1968
Mixed Media on Paper
23 x 30 inches
sold

William Gear Yellow Encounter Aug 1967

William Gear
Yellow Encounter Aug 1967
Mixed Media on Paper
23 x 31 inches
sold

William Gear Illustration 6 for Three Cornered Hat 1954

William Gear
Illustration 6 for Three Cornered Hat 1954
Indian Ink on Paper
6 x 8 inches
sold

William Gear Illustration 5 for Three Cornered Hat 1954

William Gear
Illustration 5 for Three Cornered Hat 1954
Indian Ink on Paper
6 x 8 inches
sold

William Gear Sombre Rhythm 1951

William Gear
Sombre Rhythm 1951
Indian Ink on Paper
13 x 10 inches
sold

William Gear Ambush 1948

William Gear
Ambush 1948
Indian Ink on Paper
19 x 25 inches
sold

William Gear Black/Brown Vertical - March 1964

William Gear
Black/Brown Vertical - March 1964
mixed media
22x14 inches
sold

William Gear Highland Landscape - May 1963

William Gear
Highland Landscape - May 1963
mixed media
22x29 inches
sold

William Gear Paysage - October 1962

William Gear
Paysage - October 1962
acrylic
31x23 inches
sold

William Gear Vertical Blue/Green - November 1961

William Gear
Vertical Blue/Green - November 1961
acrylic & ink
31x22 inches
sold

William Gear Fluid Cascade - 1959

William Gear
Fluid Cascade - 1959
mixed media
41x27 inches
sold

William Gear Red/Yellow/Blue - May 1959

William Gear
Red/Yellow/Blue - May 1959
mixed media
9x12 inches
sold

William Gear Deluge No 1 - March 1959

William Gear
Deluge No 1 - March 1959
mixed media
41x27 inches
sold

William Gear Dark Agitation - January 1959

William Gear
Dark Agitation - January 1959
mixed media
12x19 inches
sold

William Gear Study - September 1957

William Gear
Study - September 1957
ink
10x12 inches
sold

William Gear Illus 2 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954

William Gear
Illus 2 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954
indian ink
8x6 inches
sold

William Gear Illus 1 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954

William Gear
Illus 1 for 3- Cornered Hat - 1954
indian ink
10x9 inches
sold

William Gear Dark Verticals - 1953

William Gear
Dark Verticals - 1953
gouache
22x15 inches
sold

William Gear Figures Meeting - 1953

William Gear
Figures Meeting - 1953
gouache
22x15 inches
sold

William Gear Construction Study - December 1953

William Gear
Construction Study - December 1953
mixed media
24x18 inches
sold

William Gear Marine Elements - August 1950

William Gear
Marine Elements - August 1950
pencil & watercolour
25x18 inches
sold

William Gear Black/Pink/Ochre - January 1949

William Gear
Black/Pink/Ochre - January 1949
mixed media
18x14 inches
sold

William Gear Paysage Rouge - October 1948

William Gear
Paysage Rouge - October 1948
gouache
12x19 inches
sold

William Gear Parisian Landscape  - August 1948

William Gear
Parisian Landscape - August 1948
mixed media
19x12 inches
sold

William Gear St Ives - June 1948

William Gear
St Ives - June 1948
mixed media
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Head - June 1947

William Gear
Head - June 1947
pencil & watercolour
14x11 inches
sold

William Gear Ruins, Poggibonsi - January 1945

William Gear
Ruins, Poggibonsi - January 1945
gouache
13 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Structure Blue Ground - Aug 1977

William Gear
Structure Blue Ground - Aug 1977
Mixed media on paper-Unframed
31 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Encounter - Aug 1968

William Gear
Encounter - Aug 1968
Mixed media on paper-Unframed
31 x 23 inches
sold

William Gear Standing Structure - Oct 1990

William Gear
Standing Structure - Oct 1990
Mixed Media
22 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Facade Yellow/Orange - Oct 1990

William Gear
Facade Yellow/Orange - Oct 1990
Mixed Media
15 x 22 inches
sold

William Gear Evolving Structure - Jan 1980

William Gear
Evolving Structure - Jan 1980
Acrylic
20 x 15 inches
sold

William Gear Metamorphosis - May 1977

William Gear
Metamorphosis - May 1977
Acrylic
15 x 23 inches
sold

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