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William Gear monograph reviewed in Print Quarterly

March 1, 2017

The Redfern Gallery was pleased to read that Andrew Lambirth's monograph on William Gear was the subject of a review in Print Quarterly(Volume XXIV, Number 1). The book, which accompanied the exhibition William Gear 1915-1997: The painter that Britain forgot, is described by Martin Hopkinson as "by far the most ambitious book yet published on this notable Scottish painter". He adds: "the book rewards by revealing two forgotten prints executed in 1934 while Gear was a student at Edinburgh College of Art – a drypoint and an etching very much in keeping with contemporary Scottish adherents of the latter day Etching Revival." Though primarily concerned with his paintings, Lambirth discusses Gear’s printmaking, in particular the monotypes that Gear executed during the 1940s, and the lithographs printed by Jean Pons in Paris. In 1953, Gear was one of the first artists to exhibit a screenprint in Britain (as shown at the Redfern Gallery). He continued making screenprints and monotypes until his death. Examples of Gear's prints have been shown in museum exhibitions and biennales around the world, including The Graven Image at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1959, and are held in many public collections.