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 William Gear  (1915 - 1997)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: painting

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Biography from Peter Wilson:
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Born in Scotland in 1915, William Gear studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art, 1932 to 1937 and the Edinburgh University Fine Art Class 1936 to 1937, his teachers including William Gillies and John Maxwell.  After study in Paris with Fernand Leger in 1937 he traveled in Italy and the Balkans area on the strength of a scholarship. 

He was appointed head of the faculty of fine art in Birmingham College of Art in 1964; guest lecturer at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and University of Western Australia, Perth, in 1966; and in 1975 won the Lorne Fellowship and retired as head of the department of fine art at Birmingham Polytechnic.

Gear made a significant contribution to European painting through his association with the COBRA group in the immediate post-war years.  Fifty year retrospective at the Redfern Gallery, 1997 with another there in 2003. William Gear and COBRA toured from Aberdeen Art Gallery, 1997-98.  Tate Gallery and many provincial and foreign collections hold Gear`s work.

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