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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Twin Blue

Artists CR 192

September 1967

London

No media information

Lost

Provenance: (Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich) Private Collection, 1967;.

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Split

Artists CR 193

September 1967

London

No media information

76x18x2inches/193x46x5cm

Lost

Provenance: (Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich) Private Collection, 1967;.

Exhibitions: Englische Kunst, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, 1967

Literature: Englische Kunst, 1967.

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Blue Drop

Artists CR 194

September 1967

London

No media information

84x54inches/213x137cm

Lost

Provenance: (Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich) Private Collection, 1967;.

Exhibitions: Englische Kunst, Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, 1967

Literature: Englische Kunst, 1967.

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Orange Free Fall

Artists CR 195

August 1967

London

Mixed media

72x18x9inches/183x46x23cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: (Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich) Private Collection, 1967;Private collection;.

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Small Arc (multiple)

Artists CR 196

September 1967

London

Lacquered aluminium attached to chrome supports, polished marble base (Edition of 2 editions of 10 each)

13.5x5x2inches/34x13x5cm

Lost

Provenance: (Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich) Private Collection, 1967;.

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Orange Trace

Artists CR 198

September 1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

49x73inches/124x185cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Sequel to Wedding Jump

Artists CR 199

September 1967

London

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

26.5x38.5inches/67x98cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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White Tunnels in the Distance

Artists CR 200

September 1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chromed brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

49x70inches/124x178cm

Unknown

Provenance: Private collection, 1967/68;Collection of A. D. Museum of Art, Cornell University., 1969-1973;Collection of Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University., 1973-1982;Private collection;Collection of Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, New York., 1982-2003;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Follow Me

Artists CR 201

August / September 1967

London / New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes, 3 parts

unit 1: 24 x 33.5 x 11.5;xunit 2: 24 x 44;xunit 3: 24 x 33.5 x 11.5inches/xxcm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968; Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983

Literature: Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; R.S., Gerald Laing, , Arts Magazine, 1969.

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Red Axes

Artists CR 202

September 1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

49x68inches/124x173cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: Collection of Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY., 1968-; (Sotheby’s, London) Private Collection, 5 July 1973;Private collection, 1973-; (Christie’s King Street, London) Private Collection, 11 July 2013;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Pink Axes

Artists CR 203

September 1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

29x40.5inches/74x103cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Banners for La Beale Isoude

Artists CR 204

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

78x125inches/198x318cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1968;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971.

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Little White Tunnels

Artists CR 205

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

9x12inches/23x30cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1968;Collection of McCrory Corporation., 1968-;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Little Banners

Artists CR 206

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

11.75x15.75inches/30x40cm

Unknown

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1968;Collection of McCrory Corporation., 1968-;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Pins Against Hills

Artists CR 207

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

22x37inches/56x94cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Large Arch Screen

Artists CR 208

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

49x65inches/124x165cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1968;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Small Arch Screen

Artists CR 209

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

28x36.5inches/71x93cm

Unknown

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1968;Collection of McCrory Corporation., 1968-;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Explanation of Arch Screen

Artists CR 210

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

11.25x10x4inches/29x25x10cm

Unknown

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1968;Collection of McCrory Corporation., 1968-;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Gromer Somer Jour

Artists CR 211

1967

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, formica-veneered plywood boxes

70x33inches/178x84cm, 4 parts (each)

Unknown

Provenance: Collection of McCrory Corporation.;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1968

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Rhodium Trace

Artists CR 212

January 1968

New York City

Rhodium-plated brass with Plexiglas, polished slate base (Edition of 10)

12.6x5x2.5inches/32x13x6cm

Collection: Private Collection

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006.

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Purple Trace II

Artists CR 212a

1968

New York City

Lacquered aluminium and chrome-covered brass support, polished marble base (Edition of 10)

12.6x5x2.5inches/32x13x6cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Red Trace

Artists CR 212c_dk

1968

Paint on steel and chrome, polished black marble base

50x27x9inches/127x69x23cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: (The Fine Art Society, London) Private Collection, 2008;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008.

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Pied Plunge

Artists CR 213

February 1968

New York City

Lacquered aluminium and stainless steel, polished black marble base (Edition of 10)

16x7x3inches/41x18x8cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971.

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Yellow Trace

Artists CR 214

February 1968

New York City

Lacquered aluminium and chrome-covered brass, polished black marble base (Edition of 10)

24.5x10x3.5inches/62x25x9cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Clare Henry, Fruitful Transformation, , Herald, 1993; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Baby Doe

Artists CR 215

June 1968

New York City

Aluminium and lacquer and chrome on brass, marble base

86x29x8inches/218x74x20cm

Lost

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Nebuly

Artists CR 216

June 1968

New York City

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

39x9x4inches/99x23x10cm

Lost

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Vermont

Artists CR 217

June 1968

New York City

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

85x54x10inches/216x137x25cm

Collection: Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

Provenance: Collection of Joseph H. Hirschhorn., 1968-1981;.

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Aeroplane II

Artists CR 218

May - June 1968

New York City

Brush-aluminium

48x144x6inches/122x366x15cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

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Gold Standard

Artists CR 219

1968

New York

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

9x22x17inches/23x56x43cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: Private collection, 1968-2009;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Space, Speed & Sex: Prints & Multiples 1965–1976, 2006; R.S., Gerald Laing, , Arts Magazine, 1969; Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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Pink Cloud

Artists CR 220

Summer 1968

London

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

12x6x29inches/30x15x74cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969

Literature: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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Yellow Undercut

Artists CR 220a

1968

No media information

75x24x10inches/191x61x25cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008.

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Cloud Base

Artists CR 221

Summer 1968

New York City

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

43x21.5x8inches/109x55x20cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969

Literature: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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Small Trace

Artists CR 222

Summer 1968

London

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

36.5x21x8inches/93x53x20cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969

Literature: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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Grey Vermont

Artists CR 223

Summer 1968

London

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

88.5x33.5x10inches/225x85x25cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: R.S., Gerald Laing, , Arts Magazine, 1969; Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008.

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Undercut

Artists CR 224

Summer 1968

London

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

20x7x73.5inches/51x18x187cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969

Literature: R.S., Gerald Laing, , Arts Magazine, 1969; Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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Green Fall

Artists CR 225

Summer 1968

London

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

71x22.5x8inches/180x57x20cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969

Literature: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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Loop

Artists CR 226

Summer 1968

London

Aluminium / lacquer, brass / chrome, marble base

33.5x15x6.75inches/85x38x17cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Aspects of British Abstract Art (1959–1966), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, 2005–6

Literature: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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Fold

Artists CR 227

Summer 1968

London

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

24.5x2.75x33.5inches/62x7x85cm

Lost

Provenance: (Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen) Private Collection, 1968;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, Galerie M.E. Thelen, Essen, 1969

Literature: Gerald Laing - Solo Exhibition, 1969.

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European Gold Standard

Artists CR 228

Summer 1968

London (made to artist's specifications in Germany)

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass

80x120x40inches/203x305x102cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Prospect 68, Konrad Fischer Gallery, Düsseldorf, 1968

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Gold Standard III

Artists CR 231

1968

New York City

Lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

48x47x14inches/122x119x36cm

Unknown

Provenance: Collection of Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY., 1968-;.

Exhibitions: 1968 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1968–9

Literature: 1968 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture, 1969.

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