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William Gear: The painter Britain forgot

— August 2015

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William Gear, Paysage, 1948. © the Artist's Estate. Image courtesy Goodman Fine Art

William Gear was the first artist to have a work of art widely condemned in the popular press for 'wasting public money'. He was ahead of his time – but has his legacy been forgotten?


William Gear (1915–97) was from 1958 until 1964 Curator of Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery, and for much of this time was embattled with the Borough’s councillors, largely because of his determined belief that modern and contemporary works of art should be acquired for the Towner’s collection. One of several begged questions in Towner’s excellent centenary...

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