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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Galina Series 1973–1980

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.

In 1973 I had an epiphany while looking at Charles Sargeant Jagger’s great First World War Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner. its powerful, narrative and humanistic content made me realise that in order to produce more significant work I required an infinite vocabulary of forms which the limitations of sheet metal did not allow.

As a result of this experience I change my entire method of working. I modelled my sculpture in clay and learned how to cast it into bronze. Galina I was the first in this new body of work. The rest of the series (Galina II to X) was made over the ensuing three years. Overall it represents a progression towards greater figuration, but all of the figures are treated formally. They are emotionally expressive and convey essential elements of the sitter with whom I had at the time an obsessive relationship. She was an excellent model with a high degree of body awareness with which she could transmit powerful emotional and sexual feeling.

This period of my work represents a search for a figurative language. The Galina Series was made concurrently with various other sculpture, such as Reclining Figure, Woman with Long Hair and Torso. They were all figurative sources which I developed towards a greater or lesser degree of formal abstraction.

Both subject matter and medium (modelling in clay, casting into bronze) were very unfashionable in the avant garde of that time and resulted in my being ostracised by my peers. I realised the risk I was taking but felt that I had no alternative. It led to a few very harsh years during which I could not get my new work accepted.

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Galina I

Artists CR 290

1973

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 10)

18.75x14x10.5inches/48x36x27cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, 1973; Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1976; Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, 1976; Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston, 1979; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: The Galina Series, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, 1994; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, Chisenbury Priory, East Chisenbury, 2002; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing, Gerald Laing: An Autobiography, 2011; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; William Peterson, Gerald Laing, , Artspace, 1976, pp.6–13; Modern and Post-War British Art, 2013; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008; dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Galina II

Artists CR 291

1973

Ednburgh, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 10)

11.75x8x9inches/30x20x23cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1976; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Independent Gallery, London, 1993; Gerald Laing: The Galina Series, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, 1994; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, Chisenbury Priory, East Chisenbury, 2002; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Gerald Laing, From Here to Apostasy, , Art Review, 1999, pp.48–9; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Galina IV

Artists CR 293

1973

Bronze (Edition of 10 bronze, plus 1 fibreglass)

18x20x10inches/46x51x25cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1976; 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: The Galina Series, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, 1994; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, Chisenbury Priory, East Chisenbury, 2002; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Galina III

Artists CR 294

1973

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 10)

10.75x11x8.5inches/27x28x22cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; Virtue and Vision: Sculpture and Scotland, 1540–1990, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1991; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: The Galina Series, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, 1994; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, Chisenbury Priory, East Chisenbury, 2002; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004

Literature: Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; Timothy Clifford and Fiona Pearson, Virtue and Vision: Sculpture and Scotland 1540–1990, 1991; dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Runaway

Artists CR 295

1973

Bronze (Edition of 10)

19.75x17x17inches/50x43x43cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Massive Bust

Artists CR 298

1974

Kinkell

Bronze (Edition of 10)

25x19x15inches/64x48x38cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1976; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Iain Gale, The Great Survivor, , Caledonia, 2002, pp.38-40; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Woman With Long Hair I

Artists CR 302

1974

Kinkell

Aluminium (Edition of 4)

9x9x9.5inches/23x23x24cm

Collection: Private Collection

Exhibitions: Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, 1973; Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1976

Literature: Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Woman with Long Hair II

Artists CR 306

September 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Carved oak (from Kinkell beam)

5x4.75x3inches/13x12x8cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Reclining Figure I

Artists CR 307

1974

Kinkell

Plaster

5.25x20.5x7inches/13x52x18cm

Lost

Literature: dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Woman with Long Hair III

Artists CR 308

October 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Carved oak (from MacDuff)

10x10.25x10inches/25x26x25cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Carving in Britain from 1910 to Now, The Fine Art Society, London, 2012–3

Literature: Carving in Britain from 1910 to Now, 2012, pp.60–1.

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting I

Artists CR 309

November 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Acrylic on cardboard and plywood

6.5x10.5inches/17x27cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Galina (Relief Painting)

Artists CR 310

November 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Acrylic on cardboard and plywood

16x14inches/41x36cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting II

Artists CR 311

November 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Acrylic on cardboard and plywood

5.5x10inches/14x25cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting III

Artists CR 312

November 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Acrylic on cardboard and plywood

5.875x10.375inches/15x26cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting IV

Artists CR 313

November 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Acrylic on cardboard and plywood

5.875x10.375inches/15x26cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Galina in Bed (Stoned #1)

Artists CR 314

December 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Acrylic on cardboard and plywood

8.5x7.75inches/22x20cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting V

Artists CR 315

December 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Acrylic on cardboard and plywood

24.375x39inches/62x99cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Galina in Sutton Place

Artists CR 317

December 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Mixed media

6.25x4.25inches/16x11cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting VI

Artists CR 318

January 1975

Kinkell, Scotland

Painted plywood on cardboard

7.125x9.5inches/18x24cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting VII

Artists CR 319

January 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Painted plywood on cardboard

7.125x9.5inches/18x24cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting VIII

Artists CR 320

January 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

Oil on plywood

21.25x28.5inches/54x72cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure Relief Painting IX

Artists CR 321

January 1975

Kinkell, Scotland

Oil on plywood

21.25x28.5inches/54x72cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure II (Oak)

Artists CR 322

January 1975

Kinkell, Scotland

Laminated oak

7.5x21x5.125inches/19x53x13cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Reclining Figure II (Bronze)

Artists CR 323

1975

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze from laminated oak sculpture (Edition of 10)

7.5x21x5.125inches/19x53x13cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1976; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004

Literature: Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004.

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Reclining Figure III (Laminated Oak)

Artists CR 325

April 1975

Kinkell, Scotland

Laminated oak

5x17.5x8inches/13x44x20cm

Collection: Gerald Laing Foundation

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983

Literature: Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Reclining Figure III (Bronze)

Artists CR 325a

1992

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze from laminated oak sculpture

5x17.5x8inches/13x44x20cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004

Literature: Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Reclining Figure IV (Walnut)

Artists CR 326

1975

Kinkell, Scotland

Brazilian walnut

12.5x15x8.5inches/32x38x22cm

Collection: Gerald Laing Foundation

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Carving in Britain from 1910 to Now, The Fine Art Society, London, 2012–3

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Carving in Britain from 1910 to Now, 2012, pp.60–1; dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Reclining Figure IV (Bronze)

Artists CR 326a

1992

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

12.5x15x8.5inches/32x38x22cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004

Literature: Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Reclining Figure, Back Splash (Laminated ply relief)

Artists CR 328

September 1975

Amagansett

Oil and gesso on plywood

48x80inches/122x203cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure, Blue Room (Relief Painting)

Artists CR 329

1975

Amagansett

Oil and gesso on plywood

18x24inches/46x61cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure, Black & White Butterfly (Relief Painting)

Artists CR 330

1975

Amagansett

Oil and gesso on plywood

14x19inches/36x48cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure, Red & Yellow Butterfly (Relief Painting)

Artists CR 331

1975

Amagansett

Oil and gesso on plywood

14x19inches/36x48cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure, Pyramid A

Artists CR 332

1975

Amagansett

Acrylic and gesso on plywood

24x30inches/61x76cm

Lost

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Reclining Figure, Pyramid B

Artists CR 333

1975

Amagansett

Acrylic and gesso on plywood

18x18inches/46x46cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Reclining Figure, Pyramid C 1

Artists CR 334

1975

Amagansett

Acrylic and gesso on plywood

6x6.75inches/15x17cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Reclining Figure, Pyramid C 2

Artists CR 335

1975

Amagansett

Acrylic and gesso on plywood

6.75x6inches/17x15cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Woman with Long Hair IV

Artists CR 336

November 1975

Amagansett

African wonderstone

4.25x6.25x5.25inches/11x16x13cm

Lost

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Woman with Long Hair V

Artists CR 337

November 1975

Amagansett

African wonderstone

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Legs

Artists CR 338

1975

Am

African wonderstone

6x10.25x2.5inches/15x26x6cm

Lost

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Woman with Long Hair VI

Artists CR 339

1975

Amagansett

African wonderstone

4.5x5x2.5inches/11x13x6cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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