Join a special talk on life and art of William Gear this Saturday

Posted on 27/08/2015

Photo by Ida Kar, quarter-plate film negative, July 1954

We are delighted to host a special talk, Remembering William Gear, this Saturday 29 August at 3pm about the life, work and art of British abstract artist William Gear. We will be joined by David Gear, William Gear’s son, John McEwen, author of the first monograph on William Gear (2003) and James Coxson, musician, curator and friend of William Gear.

The talk has been organised to coincide with Towner’s major summer exhibition, William Gear 1915-1997: The painter that Britain forgot, a large-scale retrospective that aims to position Gear in his rightful place as one of the most advanced abstract painters in Britain on the centenary of his birth.

Born in Scotland, Gear enjoyed a long and prolific career: he studied with Leger in Paris in the 1930, served time with the Monument Men during World War II, exhibited in Europe with the avant-garde CoBrA group and alongside Jackson Pollock in New York in the 1940s, was awarded a Festival of Britain Purchase Prize in 1951 and had work in the 1954 Venice Biennale. He also served as Towner’s Curator from 1958 to 1964. And yet his contribution to British art has largely been forgotten, until now.

The event will be hosted by exhibition Co-Curator Nathaniel Hepburn.

Remembering William Gear
Saturday 29 August, 3pm
£6 / £5 conc. & members

Tickets are available from our website or by phoning our reception on 01323 434670.