signed and dated ‘Gear/48’ (lower right); signed again, inscribed and dated again ‘ST IVES/GEAR/JUNE 1948’ (on the reverse)
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St Ives, 1948
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Skyscapes, 10 May – 22 June 2014;
Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, Drawing On, 21 March – 7 June 2015
This watercolour of St Ives, Cornwall, was painted when William Gear was mostly living and working in Paris, and typifies the more lyrical form of abstraction that he was developing at that time, having moved away from the hard-edged influences of Mondrian and DeStijl. Back in Britain in the 1950s, Gear became Curator of the Tower Art Gallery, Eastbourne from 1958 to 1964, where he established a strong collection of contemporary art.