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William Gear (1915-1997)

Biography of artist William Gear (1915-1997)

William Gear (1915-1997) was born in Methil in south east Fife, Scotland. He studied art at Edinburgh College of Art and travelled to Paris to study under Fernand Leger.

Gear served in Egypt, Palestine, Cyprus and Italy during the war. In 1947, he lived again in Paris. Gear exhibited at the Cobra in Amsterdam in 1949 and in the same year had a one-man show at Gimpel Fils in London, the first of eight exhibitions there and exhibited extensively from 1949-1997.

Gear was curator of the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne from 1958-1964 after which he became head of the Faculty of Art at Birmingham College of Art.

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Lot FS30/273

Lot FS30/273: William Gear [1915-1997] - Yellow Vertical

William Gear [1915-1997] - Yellow Vertical - signed and dated Gear '70 bottom right acrylic 54 x 33.5cm.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £500

Lot FS30/272

Lot FS30/272: William Gear [1915-1997] - Untitled

William Gear [1915-1997] - Untitled - signed and dated Gear '79 bottom right acrylic 64 x 43.5cm.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £700

Lot FS30/274

Lot FS30/274: William Gear [1915-1997] - Dark Souvenir

William Gear [1915-1997] - Dark Souvenir - signed and dated Gear '74 bottom right mixed media 46 x 70.5cm.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £600