Landscape by William Gear A5 postcard

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14.8 x 21 cm

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A5 (14.8 x 21 cm) single postcard featuring the vibrant abstract artwork Landscape by William Gear from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Although apparently abstract, Gear's works are normally based on landscape or interior motifs, as the title of this painting suggests.

The plant-like forms emerging out of a web of black lines imply organic growth. The use of warm oranges and reds and the irregular black grid are typical of Gear's work of the period.

The lines are reminiscent of calligraphy or stained glass. Gear himself stated that they were influenced by the structure of the Forth Bridge and the pitheads from the mining town in which he grew up.

William Gear RA RBSA (2 August 1915 – 27 February 1997) was a Scottish painter, most notable for his abstract compositions.