Artist biography

William GEAR b. 1915

Painter of abstract compositions, structural in character and strong in colour. Born 2 August 1915 in Methil, Fife, Scotland. Studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1932–7 and the Edinburgh University Fine Art Class 1936–7, under Gillies, Maxwell and McTaggart. Won Travelling Scholarship 1937–8. Worked in Paris under Léger 1937. Travelled in Italy, Greece and the Balkans. War service in the Middle East and Italy 1940–5; and with the Monuments and Fine Art Section in Germany 1945–7. First one-man exhibition in Siena, September 1944. Lived in Paris 1947–50; then settled in England. Exhibited at Gimpel Fils 1951 and subsequently. Member of the London Group 1953. Visited New York 1957 and 1959. Curator of the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 1958–64; Head of the Fine Arts Department, Birmingham College of Arts and Crafts, 1964. Retrospective exhibition at Gimpel Fils 1961.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I