Gerald Laing

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Gerald Ogilvie Laing (11 February 1936 – 23 November 2011) was a British pop artist and sculptor.[1] He lived in the Scottish Highlands.[2]


Laing was born in Newcastle upon Tyne[3] in 1936. He grew up during World War II and experienced the Battle of Britain as young boy.

He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers as a lieutenant in Ireland and Germany. He soon realized that the military was not what he was looking for and attended Saint Martin's School of Art in London.[4]

At the beginning of the 1960s, while still at Saint Martin's, Laing was introduced to artists in New York City. He met Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Rosenquist and Robert Indiana. [5]After art school he moved there, and with his connections, his art career began to take off.


Laing's career took him from the avant-garde world of 1960s pop art, through minimalist sculpture, followed by representational sculpture and then back full circle to his pop art roots.

In 1993 the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh staged a retrospective exhibition of his work.[6]

In 2012 Sims Reed Gallery staged an exhibition of his prints and multiples, his most comprehensive show of work to date.

Laing did a series of anti-war paintings, based primarily on photographs from the atrocities at Abu Ghraib. These paintings were the beginning of his return to pop art. They were followed in 2004 by a series of Amy Winehouse paintings, as well as a painting of Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss.

On 19 February 2012 a bronze sculpture by Laing, Dreamer, was stolen from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.[7]

In February 2014, Laing's Brigitte Bardot painting from 1963 work sold for £902,500 in an auction at Christie’s in London, a record sum for the artist.[8]

Sims Reed Gallery represents the Estate of Gerald Laing.


Notable works include:


  1. ^ "BBC News - Pop artist and sculptor Gerald Laing dies aged 75". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  2. ^ "Gerald Laing". The Daily Telegraph. London. 2011-11-25.
  3. ^ "Gerald Laing". Globe. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  4. ^ Randall, Lee (19 April 2010). "Interview: Gerald Laing, artist". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Exhibition Archive 1993". Fruitmarket. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  6. ^ "Exhibition Archive 1993". Fruitmarket. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  7. ^ "Gerald Laing sculpture stolen from Kelvingrove Museum". BBC News. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
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