His piece Under the Narrows was highly commended and described by judges as ‘an art piece that comes together beautifully in capturing a mood’.
‘The strength of the lines in an obviously well recognisable location show artistic and visual skills put together,’ judges said.
Following his success, Gear will exhibit a new collection of paintings, drawings and etchings that have been completed over the past year.
‘The works in my next show are representational,’ Gear said.
‘Many reference different aspects of the landscapes in and around Perth.
‘The Swan River, Perth, the Narrows and Albany are some of the places that are connected to my formative years.’
The Hills artist said he saw painting as a means to portray his view of the world in a new light, constructing and weaving elements together to satisfy aesthetic and emotional intentions.
‘I like to create works that have a sense of emotion about them,’ he said.
‘Painting enables me to address some of the big issues of life.
‘I like to use a restricted palette and manipulate compositions through strong contrast of light and shadow.’