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William Gear RA (1915 - 1997)
Mixed media, signed & dated 1974, 23 x 32½ in.
Price: £ 6500
Artist biography:
Gear was born in Methil in the south-east of Fife, Scotland, the son of Janet Gear (1886-1955) and Porteous Gear (1881-1965), a coal miner. At Buckhaven High School he won the Dux Arts Medal (1932), and studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1932 to 1936, where fellow students included Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Margaret Mellis.
Between 1947 and 1950 Gear lived and worked in Paris,where he met Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Davie, Stephen Gilbert and many of the leading post-war generation of Parisian artists including Atlan, Da Silva, De Stael, Dubuffet, Hartung, Mathieu, Pignon, Poliakoff, Schoffer, Singier, Soulages and Zadkine. In 1948 he held his first Paris and London solo exhibitions, and visited Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon and Bryan Winter in St Ives.