Methil 1915, Birmingham 1997
William Gear was born in the United Kingdom on the 12th of August, 1915. He was active as a painter. Gear was educated from 1932 to 1937 in the arts education in Edinburgh. Since 1946, he was friends with the only German who intensively participated with CoBrA, Karl Otto Götz (1914). From 1947 to 1950 he lived in paris where he got to know many artists who became involved with CoBrA, for example Jean-Michel Atlan (1913 to 1960), Shinkichi Tajiri (1923-2009), Ejler Bille (1910-2004), Constant (1920- 2005), Corneille (1922-2010). In 1949 he was invited to participate in Høst (1942-1949). Gear probably came into contact with CoBrA was through Stephen Gilbert (1910-2007). Gear played no major role in the CoBrA movement. Still, there was one of his works in the exhibition in Amsterdam in 1949. Considering his works, style and thinking, CoBrA has hardly influenced it. Although his abstract expressionist works from the years 1949-1950, filled with free fantasy born improvisations that revealed influences from Paul Klee (1879-1940), conformed with the style of CoBrA. After 1950 he developed an almost geometric abstract painting style with large peaceful forms. The works of gear have been shown in several exhibitions in Europe and the United States.