The Major Periods

1962 – 1965: Early Pop Paintings

As one of the original wave of Pop artists Gerald Laing produced some of the most significant works of the British Pop movement. His paintings reproduced images of popular heroes such as starlets, film stars, drag racers, astronauts and skydivers. His 1962 portrait of Brigitte Bardot is an iconic work of the period and regularly features in major Pop retrospectives alongside Lincoln Convertible from 1964, a commemoration of the assassination of JFK.

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1965 – 1970: Utopian Abstract Sculpture

From 1965 Gerald Laing's painting evolved into abstract sculptures using the techniques and materials of car customisation - lacquering, spray-painting and chrome-plating on metal.

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1970 – 1973: Sculpture In The Landscape

A move from New York to the Highlands of Scotland in 1970 saw Gerald Laing's sculpture respond to the beauty, roughness and power of the surrounding landscape.

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1972 – 2010: Public Sculpture

Public sculptures include the the Bank Station Dragons; the Rugby Sculptures at Twickenham Stadium; the Cricketer at Lords; the Highland Clearances Memorial in Helmsdale, Sutherland and Axis Mundi in Edinburgh.

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1973 – 1980: Galina Series

Inspired by the figurative sculpture of the First World War Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, in 1973 Gerald Laing began to model in clay and cast in bronze. The Galina Series and associated sculptures were his first works from this period.

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1982 – 2007: Portrait Heads

Gerald Laing's portrait work includes heads and reliefs of Luciano Pavarotti, Andy Warhol, Paul Getty and Sam Wanamaker.

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2002 – 2005: War Paintings

The Iraq war and the publication of images of torture at Abu Ghraib prison drew Gerald Laing back to painting for the first time in over three decades. The War Paintings series sees the starlets and all-American heroes of his early paintings take on new, more sinister roles.

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2004 – 2011: New Paintings

Returning to the style and subject matter of his early pop art paintings, Gerald Laing's latest paintings feature media images of contemporary celebrities including Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss.

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1Fan

1962

Oil on shaped canvas

20x35inches/51x89cm

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3Souvenir (of the Cuban Missile Crisis Oct 16–28 1962)

Artists CR 0

16–28 October 1962

Saint Martin's School of Art, London

Oil on wood and oil on canvas laid over board, in the artist’s painted frame

25x15inches/64x38cm

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4Lolita Through the Keyhole

Artists CR 001

1962

Saint Martin's School of Art, London

Oil on canvas

48x42inches/122x107cm

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5Cléo from 5 to 7

Artists CR 002

1962

London

Oil on canvas

48x25inches/122x64cm

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6Bedroom BB

Artists CR 003

1962

Saint Martin's School of Art, London

Oil on canvas

33x41inches/84x104cm

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7Roger & Annette Take Coffee

Artists CR 004

1962

Saint Martin's School of Art, London

Oil on canvases joined by aluminium

26x32inches/66x81cm

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8Brigitte Bardot

Artists CR 005

1963

Saint Martin's School of Art, London

Oil on canvas

72x45inches/183x114cm

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9Anna Karina

Artists CR 006

1963

Saint Martin's School of Art, London

Oil on canvas

144x84inches/366x213cm

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10Three Incidents from the Shock Film of the Year

Artists CR 007

1963

London (St. Martins)

Oil on canvas

68.5x54inches/174x137cm, Three panels

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11Navy Pilot

Artists CR 008

1963

New York City

Oil on canvas

36x30inches/91x76cm

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12Dragster I

Artists CR 009

1963

New York City

Oil on canvas

60x50inches/152x127cm

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13Starlet I

Artists CR 010

1963

New York City

Oil on canvas

50x20inches/127x51cm

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14Starlet II

Artists CR 011

1963

New York

Oil on canvas

50x20inches/127x51cm

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15Starlet 1a (Head)

Artists CR 012

1963

New York

Oil on canvas

20x16inches/51x41cm

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16Head

Artists CR 013

1963

New York City

Oil on canvas

18x14inches/46x36cm

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17Ursula of Coenties Slip

Artists CR 014

1963

New York City

Oil on canvas

60x50inches/152x127cm

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18Skydiver I

Artists CR 016

1963

New York City

Oil on canvas

36x40inches/91x102cm

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19Skydiver II

Artists CR 015

1963

New York

Oil on canvas

70x60inches/178x152cm

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20Four Events in the Experience of an Astronaut

Artists CR 017

1963

New York

Oil on canvas

48x40inches/122x102cm

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21Portrait of Robert Indiana

Artists CR 018

1963

New York City

Oil on canvas

24x16inches/61x41cm

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22Countdown

Artists CR 019

1963

London (St. Martins)

Oil on canvas

20x12inches/51x30cm

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23Welcome Back to Earth

Artists CR 020

1963

London

Acrylic and oil on canvas, in a 'diamond' orientation

60x60inches/152x152cm

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24G Force

Artists CR 021

1963

London

Oil on canvas

36x56inches/91x142cm

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25Astronaut I

Artists CR 022

1963

London

Oil and silver spray paint on canvas

72x64inches/183x163cm

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26Astronaut II

Artists CR 023

1963

London

Oil and silver spray paint on canvas

12x10inches/30x25cm

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27Astronaut III

Artists CR 024

1963

London

Oil on canvas

35x22inches/89x56cm

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28Lotus I

Artists CR 025

1963

New York

Oil on canvas

45x56inches/114x142cm

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29Dragster II

Artists CR 026

1963

London (St. Martins)

Oil on canvas

40x60inches/102x152cm

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30Astronaut IV

Artists CR 027

1963

London

Oil on irregular, shaped canvas

57x42inches/145x107cm

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31Dragster III

Artists CR 028

1963

London

Oil on fan shaped canvas

60x120inches/152x305cm

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32Lotus II

Artists CR 029

1963

London

Oil on canvas

25x32inches/64x81cm

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33Lincoln Convertible

Artists CR 030

1964

London

Oil on irregular, shaped canvas

73x111inches/185x282cm, irregular

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34Panoply

Artists CR 032

1964

London/New York

Oil on cellulose paint on irregular, shaped canvas

44x66inches/112x168cm, irregular

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35Skydiver III

Artists CR 033

1964

London

Oil and cellulose paint on canvas

54x66inches/137x168cm

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36Astronaut V

Artists CR 034

1964

London

Oil and cellulose paint on irregular, shaped canvas

17x20inches/43x51cm, irregular

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37Icon

Artists CR 035

1964

London

Oil on canvas

16x10inches/41x25cm

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38AA D

Artists CR 036

1964

London

Oil and cellulose paint on canvas

55x83inches/140x211cm

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39Skydiver IV

Artists CR 037

1964

London

Oil on canvas

67x54inches/170x137cm

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40Skydiver V

Artists CR 038

1964

London

Oil on canvas

62x75inches/157x191cm

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