William Gear 1915-1997: The Painter That Britain Forgot
24 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
Around 100 works spanning the career of one of the most controversial artists of his day.
William Gear had a streak of stubbornness. This was evident from his studies at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1930s where, according to a fellow student, he was ‘alone amongst his peers in pursuing his own work to the point of pure abstraction’.
Despite being little known now, Gear was a controversial artist of his day. He was part of the avant-garde CoBrA art group and exhibited alongside Jackson Pollock in New York. He was the first abstract artist to be exhibited at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and won the 1951 Festival of Britain Purchase Prize with his Autumn Landscape, which was met with a public furore.
This exhibition explores at Gear’s career from early experiments in colour through to his radical abstractions and bold mature canvases.