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WILLIAM GEAR RA RBSA FRSA 1915-1997

Boat Form

Mixed media, signed & dated  1970

19½ x 25 in.

 

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.

He first exhibited in 1934 with the Royal Scottish Academy and Society of Scottish Artists, He was  awarded a travelling scholarship and  visited France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece and Turkey. This trip included a stay in Paris studying with Fernand Léger. At summer school in Arbroath (1938) he met Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. A brief interest in Surrealism led him to exhibit with the New Era Group in Edinburgh in 1939.