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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Portrait Heads 1982–2007

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




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Farquhar in His Cowboy Hat

Artists CR 297

1974

Kinkell

Bronze (Edition of 10)

7.5x8x11inches/19x20x28cm

Collection: Private Collection

Exhibitions: Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1976; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; dir. Murray Grigor, Steel upon the Sward, 16mm film, dir. Murray Grigor, 1976, 1976.

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Portrait of Antonia Fraser

Artists CR 316

December 1974

Kinkell, Scotland

No media information

5x4inches/13x10cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Malcolm Morley

Artists CR 351

1976

Amagansett, N.Y.

Bronze (Edition of 10)

13.25x11x10inches/34x28x25cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, Chisenbury Priory, East Chisenbury, 2002; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Space, Speed, Sex: Prints and Multiples 1965–1976, Sims Reed Gallery, London, 2006

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Space, Speed & Sex: Prints & Multiples 1965–1976, 2006; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002.

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Portait of Jon Leon

Artists CR 354

April 1976

Bronze (Edition of 10)

11.5x8.75x8inches/29x22x20cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: 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: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002.

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Portrait of Malcolm Morley I (Relief Carving)

Artists CR 357

September 1976

Albuquerque, New Mexico

African wonderstone

7x5x1.25inches/18x13x3cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Portrait of Malcolm Morley II (etched glass)

Artists CR 362

1976

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Three etched glass sheets, mounted in frame. (Edition of 20)

18x18x3inches/46x46x8cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Space, Speed, Sex: Prints and Multiples 1965–1976, Sims Reed Gallery, London, 2006

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Space, Speed & Sex: Prints & Multiples 1965–1976, 2006; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Portrait of Malcolm Morley II (etched glass and lithography)

Artists CR 362a

1976

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Etched Glass over lithography (lithography by Robert Arber) (Edition of 15)

19.2x15.2inches/49x39cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983; Space, Speed, Sex: Prints and Multiples 1965–1976, Sims Reed Gallery, London, 2006

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Space, Speed & Sex: Prints & Multiples 1965–1976, 2006; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Sam (Alexander Ogilvie-Laing)

Artists CR 364

December 1976

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Plaster

9x11x11.5inches/23x28x29cm

Provenance: .

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FPOL with forelock

Artists CR 365a

January 1977

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Plaster

Lost

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Portrait of Malcolm Morley II (lithograph and engraved glass)

Artists CR 366

1977

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Lithograph and engraved glass (Edition of 20)

20x15inches/51x38cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Ceramic Head

Artists CR 367

1977

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ceramic

15.5x11x16inches/39x28x41cm

Lost

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Space Wanderer

Artists CR 369

1977

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bronze

12x14x17.75inches/30x36x45cm

Lost

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Portrait of Alexander’s Teddy

Artists CR 372

November 1977

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 9, plus 1 artist's proof)

17x12x7inches/43x30x18cm

Exhibitions: An Exhibition of Sculpture by Gerald Laing at the Edinburgh Festival 1978, Gladstone Court, Edinburgh, 1978

Literature: An Exhibition of Sculpture by Gerald Laing at the Edinburgh Festival 1978, 1978.

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Hijacker

Artists CR 377

Early Summer 1978

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 10)

13x6.5x9inches/33x17x23cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: An Exhibition of Sculpture by Gerald Laing at the Edinburgh Festival 1978, Gladstone Court, Edinburgh, 1978; Gerald Laing: Bronze Sculpture, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1979; Gerald Laing: Sculpture, Bacardi Art Gallery, Miami, 1982; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; 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: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; An Exhibition of Sculpture by Gerald Laing at the Edinburgh Festival 1978, 1978; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Portrait of Farquhar Aged 10

Artists CR 394

Christmas 1980

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 10)

11.5x7x9.5inches/29x18x24cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1982; Gerald Laing: Paintings and Sculpture 1963–1983, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 1983; Barbican Art Fair, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1984; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1984; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: Portraits, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 1993; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, Chisenbury Priory, East Chisenbury, 2002

Literature: Gerald Laing, Gerald Laing: An Autobiography, 2011; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; Gerald Laing: Portraits, 1993, p.39.

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Barbara Conviser

Artists CR 409

May 1983

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 6)

12x7x8.5inches/30x18x22cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Collection of Michael and Barbara Conviser.;.

Exhibitions: Joanne Lyon Gallery, Aspen, 1983; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, Chisenbury Priory, East Chisenbury, 2002

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Joshua Conviser, Aged 9

Artists CR 410

May 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze (Edition of 2)

12x7x8.5inches/30x18x22cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Collection of Michael and Barbara Conviser.;.

Exhibitions: Joanne Lyon Gallery, Aspen, 1983

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Martine Conviser, Aged 7

Artists CR 411

May 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze (Edition of 2)

11x8x8.5inches/28x20x22cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Collection of Michael and Barbara Conviser.;.

Exhibitions: Joanne Lyon Gallery, Aspen, 1983

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Michael Conviser (Relief Medallion)

Artists CR 412

May 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze (Edition of 1)

5inches/13cm, diameter

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Private Collection;.

Exhibitions: Joanne Lyon Gallery, Aspen, 1983

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Laura Barker, Aged 2

Artists CR 413

May 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze (Edition of 2)

10x9x8inches/25x23x20cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Joanne Lyon Gallery, Aspen, 1983

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Eliza Flug

Artists CR 414

May 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze (Edition of 1)

, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Joanne Lyon Gallery, Aspen, 1983

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Portrait of Tina (Mrs Anthony Knight, Ardullie)

Artists CR 416

July 1983

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1984

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Portrait of Susan (Mrs Ford Schumann, Aspen)

Artists CR 417

August 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze

12x8.5x9inches/30x22x23cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Relief Portrait of Joshua Conviser

Artists CR 418

August 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze (Edition of 6)

14.25x15.25inches/36x39cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Collection of Michael and Barbara Conviser.;.

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Relief Portrait of Martine Conviser

Artists CR 419

August 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze (Edition of 6)

15.5x14.75inches/39x37cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Collection of Michael and Barbara Conviser.;.

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Portrait of Jack and Wendy Barker

Artists CR 420

October 1983

Aspen, Colorado

Bronze

, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Harry Winston (Posthumous)

Artists CR 421

January - February 1984

New York City

Bronze (Edition of 5)

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Christophe Bochatay, Aged 9

Artists CR 422

March 1984

Gstaad, Switzerland

Bronze (Edition of 6)

, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Mlle Bochatay, Aged 5

Artists CR 423

March 1984

Gstaad, Switzerland

Bronze (Edition of 6)

, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Alexander Ogilvie-Laing

Artists CR 424

January 1984

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 9)

, Life-size

Collection: Artist's estate

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Portrait of Emma Hoskyn

Artists CR 425

April 1984

London

Bronze (Edition of 6)

10x6x9.5inches/25x15x24cm

Collection: Private Collection

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Jane (Torso)

Artists CR 426

May - August 1984

Kinkell, Scotland

Plaster

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Bettina Adler

Artists CR 427

June 1984

London

Plaster

Lost

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Portrait of Yseult Ogilvie-Laing (Mrs Mark Hughes)

Artists CR 428

July 1984

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 9)

, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Pauline Richey at the Age of 2

Artists CR 429

July 1984

Alderton Hall, Salop

Bronze

, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Medallion Portrait of Farquhar

Artists CR 431

August 1984

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 3)

8.5inches/22cm, diameter

Collection: Artist's estate

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Relief Portrait of Tina Knight

Artists CR 432

August / September 1984

Kinkell, Scotland

Aluminium (Edition of 9)

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Portrait of Adaline Frelinghuysen I

Artists CR 433

November 1984

Kinkell

Bronze (Edition of 9)

12.5inches/32cm, Life-size

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Albert Totah Gallery, New York, 1987; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993

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Portrait of Adaline Frelinghuysen II

Artists CR 436

January 1985

New York

Bronze (Edition of 10)

11.25inches/29cm, Life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Albert Totah Gallery, New York, 1987; Gerald Laing: Portraits, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 1993

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: Portraits, 1993, p.39.

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Portrait of Jack Mitchell

Artists CR 437

February 1985

New York

Bronze (Edition of 9)

11.25inches/29cm, Life-size

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Albert Totah Gallery, New York, 1987; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1987; Gerald Laing: Portraits, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 1993

Literature: Gerald Laing, Notes for the 1993 Retrospective Exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: Portraits, 1993, p.39.

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