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.


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 Fragmenting Feature 1974

William Gear
Fragmenting Feature 1974
Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 21 inches
£POA

William Gear Green Centre May 1963

William Gear
Green Centre May 1963
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Yellow Pastoral 1962

William Gear
Yellow Pastoral 1962
Mixed Media on Paper
31 x 22 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Black and Grey Oct 1962

William Gear
Black and Grey Oct 1962
Mixed Media on Paper
31 x 22 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Blue Standard May 1961

William Gear
Blue Standard May 1961
Mixed Media on Paper
31 x 22 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Light Centre Dec 1958

William Gear
Light Centre Dec 1958
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Dark Sunset Jan 1959

William Gear
Dark Sunset Jan 1959
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Yellow Incident 1959

William Gear
Yellow Incident 1959
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Standing Forms

William Gear
Standing Forms
Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 23 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Triple Form Aug 1968

William Gear
Triple Form Aug 1968
Mixed Media on Paper
23 x 30 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Twin Form Yellow / Blue

William Gear
Twin Form Yellow / Blue
Mixed Media on Paper
31 x 23 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Yellow Vertical April 1966

William Gear
Yellow Vertical April 1966
Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 22 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Structure Red / Yellow 1964

William Gear
Structure Red / Yellow 1964
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Gray March 1966

William Gear
Gray March 1966
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 28 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Reflections May 1964

William Gear
Reflections May 1964
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Coast April 1964

William Gear
Coast April 1964
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 31 inches
£2300 [Unframed]

William Gear Dark Agitation - January 1959

William Gear
Dark Agitation - January 1959
mixed media
12x19 inches
£1300

William Gear Boulders - 1947

William Gear
Boulders - 1947
pencil & gouache
10x14 inches
£2500

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 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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