William Gear

1915–1997 

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William Gear (1915–1997) was a painter, born on 2 August 1915 in Methil in the south-east of Fife, Scotland. Born into a mining family, he studied at Edinburgh College of Art before travelling to Paris to study with Fernand Léger.[1]

Following the Second World War he worked with the Allied Control Commission, with responsibility for securing art works. In 1949 he exhibited with the CoBrA art group.[1]

He was curator of the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne from 1958 to 1964, after which he became head of the Faculty of Fine Art at Birmingham College of Art,[2] a post from which he retired in 1975.

William Gear became a member of the Royal Birmingham society of artists in 1966. He died on 27 February 1997 in Birmingham