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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81Untitled

Artists CR 079a

April 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic, aluminium,and formica box

6x8x3.5inches/15x20x9cm

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82Stab Two

Artists CR 081

April 1965

New York City

Plastic, acrylic and chrome on brass, irregular shape

20.75x13.75x2inches/53x35x5cm

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83Standing Double

Artists CR 082

April 1965

New York City

Acrylic and oil on lacquered plywood, and chrome on steel

64x48x31inches/163x122x79cm

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84Sudy Special

Artists CR 083

April 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic and chrome on aluminium

6x4x2.5inches/15x10x6cm

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85Slow Stab

Artists CR 084

May 1965

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on steel

113x17inches/287x43cm

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86Gyron II

Artists CR 085

May 1965

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on steel

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87Small Standing Double (edition)

Artists CR 086

May 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic and chrome on brass (Edition of 5)

5.75x4x3inches/15x10x8cm

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88Study for Loop (Hinged)

Artists CR 086b

1965

Watercolour and collage

13x8.5inches/33x22cm

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89Loop (Hinged)

Artists CR 086a

1965

New York City

Metalflake and acrylic on aluminium, and polished stainless steel

79x41x21inches/201x104x53cm

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90Glide

Artists CR 087

May 1965

New York City

Oil on aluminium and chrome on steel

120x36.5inches/305x93cm

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91Print (prototype)

Artists CR 088

May - June 1965

New York City

Oil on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged

6x17inches/15x43cm

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92Print

Artists CR 089

July - September 1965

London

Oil on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged and boxed (Edition of 46)

6x17inches/15x43cm

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93Little Red Loop

Artists CR 090

June 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass (Edition of 15)

12x6x3inches/30x15x8cm, irregular, hinged

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94Yellow Flame

Artists CR 091

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel, irregular, hinged

11x60x29inches/28x152x74cm

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95Red Needle

Artists CR 092

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel, irregular, hinged

113x17inches/287x43cm

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96Corner Piece

Artists CR 093

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel, irregular, hinged

78x28x16inches/198x71x41cm

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97Slide

Artists CR 094

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel

100x48inches/254x122cm

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98Purple Drop

Artists CR 095

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

57x47x2inches/145x119x5cm

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99Three Falls

Artists CR 096

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica box

12.5x22.5inches/32x57cm

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100Slot

Artists CR 097

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged

62.5x43x21inches/159x109x53cm

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101Small Backdrop

Artists CR 098

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica box

11.5x9.5x3.25inches/29x24x8cm

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102Stack

Artists CR 099

September 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica box

18x12x1inches/46x30x3cm

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103Quadrant

Artists CR 100

September 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

61x52x5inches/155x132x13cm

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104Small Slide

Artists CR 101

October 1965

New York City

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

20x24.5inches/51x62cm, (framed)

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105New Backdrop

Artists CR 102

October 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged

96x72inches/244x183cm

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106Red Glide

Artists CR 103

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

27x24.5inches/69x62cm, (framed)

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107Maquette No.1 for Twin

Artists CR 104

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

17.5x24.5inches/44x62cm, (framed)

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108Maquette No.2 for Twin

Artists CR 105

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

17.5x24.5inches/44x62cm, (framed)

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109Maquette for Trace

Artists CR 106

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

16x19inches/41x48cm, (framed)

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110Twin

Artists CR 107

December 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

96x94inches/244x239cm, 2 parts, 5 inches/ 12.5 cm apart at nearest point

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111Trace

Artists CR 107a

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

96x72inches/244x183cm

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112Maquette for Indenty

Artists CR 109

December 1965 – January 1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

16.5x26inches/42x66cm, (framed)

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113Indenty

Artists CR 108

December 1965 – January 1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

84x144inches/213x366cm

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114Wedding Painting for S and RF

Artists CR 110

January 1966

New York City

Enamel, polish and lacquered aluminium, Plexiglas frame

11.75x14inches/30x36cm

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115Hybrid Research Kit (with Peter Phillips)

Artists CR 110a

1965

New York City

Mixed media (Edition of 2)

12x69x52inches/30x175x132cm, (boxed)

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116Hybrid Blueprint (with Peter Phillips)

Artists CR 110b

1966

New York City

Blueprint

32.625x57.625inches/83x146cm

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117Hybrid Maquette (with Peter Phillips)

Artists CR 110c

1966

New York

Mixed media (Edition of 10)

7x9.5x2.5inches/18x24x6cm

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118Hybrid (with Peter Phillips)

Artists CR 110c

1966

New York City

Mixed media (Edition of 2)

20.5x27x6.5inches/52x69x17cm

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119Purple Trace

Artists CR 111

1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, Plexiglas base (Edition of 10)

12.5x5x2.5inches/32x13x6cm

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120Judder

Artists CR 112

1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

75x90inches/191x229cm

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