George Telfer Bear was born in Greenock. Trained in Glasgow College of Art under Fra Newberry before spending several years in Saskatchewan. In the early 1920s returned to Scotland and settled in Kirkcudbright. At this time resumed a friendship with James Kay as well as acquired new friends among his neigbours including E A Hornel and Charles Oppenheimer. In 1931 was one of six artists to exhibit as 'Les Peitres Ecossais' at the Galeries Georges Petit in Paris. Member of the Society of Eight and influenced by his contact there with Cadell. Exhibited regularly at Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow Institute and overseas. His work is represented in Paris (Louvre), Glasgow Art Gallery and Edinburgh City Collections.