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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Public Sculpture 1972–2010

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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Callanish (Steel Henge)

Artists CR 287

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

CORTEN steel on landscaped grass

192inches/488cm, (each), 16 parts

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

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: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Douglas Hall, [untitled], 1977; Divisive Sculptor on the Trail of the Great Detective, , Inverness Courier, 1990; Gerald Laing, The Artist’s Eye, , Art Review, 1996, p.22; Gerald Laing, From Here to Apostasy, , Art Review, 1999, pp.48–9; An Exhibition of Sculpture by Gerald Laing at the Edinburgh Festival 1978, 1978; Craig Richardson, Scottish Art Since 1960: Historical Reflections and Contemporary Overviews, 2011, pp.82, 190; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; Gerald Laing, Callanish, , unpublished manuscript, 1971; Objects and Constructions: Selected Scottish Sculpture, 1978, p.6; Gerald Laing: Portraits, 1993, p.39; Tam Dalyell, Gerald Laing: Artist whose work encompassed Sixties Pop Art and figurative sculpture, , Independent, 2011.

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Maquette for Frieze of the Wise and Foolish Virgins - Two Wise Virgins

Artists CR 379a

1978

Bronze (Edition of 6)

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Maquette for Frieze of the Wise and Foolish Virgins - Procrastination (Kathe Richter)

Artists CR 379b

1978

Bronze (Edition of 6)

Provenance: .

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

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Maquette for Frieze of the Wise and Foolish Virgins - Self-Absorption (Portrait of Galina)

Artists CR 379c

1978

No media information

27x19inches/69x48cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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

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Frieze of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

Artists CR 379x

1978

Bronze

48x840inches/122x2134cm, approximately

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; The Wise Virgins of George Street, , Cockburn Association Magazine, 1980, p.18; Divisive Sculptor on the Trail of the Great Detective, , Inverness Courier, 1990; Clare Henry, Fruitful Transformation, , Herald, 1993; The Michael Laird Partnership, The Wise and Foolish Virgins: A Sculpture Frieze by Gerald Laing, 1999; Exhibiting Close to Home, , Ross-shire Journal, 2002; An Exhibition of Sculpture by Gerald Laing at the Edinburgh Festival 1978, 1978; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing, Standard Life’s Wise and Foolish Virgins Sculptures, 1999; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; Gerald Laing: Portraits, 1993, p.39; Tam Dalyell, Gerald Laing: Artist whose work encompassed Sixties Pop Art and figurative sculpture, , Independent, 2011; Gerald Laing, Notes on ‘The Wise and Foolish Virgins’, 0; Gerald Laing, Standard Life’s Wise and Foolish Virgin Sculptures, 1999.

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Fountain of Sabrina

Artists CR 385

March - April 1980

Kinkell

Bronze (Edition of 3)

125x75x75inches/318x191x191cm, Lower bowl: 120" (305cm) diameter, 18" (50cm) height

Collection: Private Collection

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; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing, Gerald Laing: An Autobiography, 2011; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; After Years Underground, The Fire-Breathing Monsters are Back, , The Daily Mail, 1995, p.29; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; Gerald Laing: Portraits, 1993, p.39; Tam Dalyell, Gerald Laing: Artist whose work encompassed Sixties Pop Art and figurative sculpture, , Independent, 2011; Gerald Laing, The Fountain of Sabrina, 1980.

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Maquette for Fountain of Sabrina

Artists CR 385a

1980

Kinkell, Scotland

Mixed media

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Shell for Fountain of Sabrina

Artists CR 393

February 1980

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 3)

19.75x59x49.25inches/50x150x125cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Adam and Eve (Maquette for Frieze)

Artists CR 398

June - July 1981

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

11x25inches/28x64cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Bronze Maquette for Spiral Tower, Cutters Gardens, London

Artists CR 399

August / September 1981

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (Edition of 1)

27x19.25inches/69x49cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Hamburg Triptych

Artists CR 404

December - April 1981

Iron

76x44inches/193x112cm, each, 3 parts

Collection: Gerald Laing Foundation

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Hamburg Triptych (for the Edinburgh International Festival), Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh, 1982; An Exhibition of the Hamburg Triptych, 27–29 Blenheim Gardens, London, 1982; 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: A Selected Retrospective of 40 Years' Work, Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly, 2002

Literature: Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Gerald Laing, Exhibition of Sculpture by Gerald Laing, 1982.

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Standard Life Assurance Company Fire Mark

Artists CR 430

July 1984

Bronze (Edition of 50, plus 1 artist's proof)

8.5inches/22cm, diameter

Collection: Private Collection

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Judgement (Maquette for Glasgow Sheriff Court Sculpture Competition)

Artists CR 434

December - January 1984

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

14x27.5inches/36x70cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing, Notes for the 1993 Retrospective Exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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The Dance

Artists CR 465

February 1987

New York City

Bronze (Edition of 6)

28.5x21inches/72x53cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing, Notes for the 1993 Retrospective Exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993.

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First Boy for Baptism Fountain

Artists CR 473

Summer 1987

Kinkell, Scotland

Plaster

61inches/155cm, 1.25x life-size

Lost

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Second Boy for Baptism Fountain

Artists CR 474

Summer 1987

Kinkell, Scotland

Plaster

52.5inches/133cm, 1.25x life-size

Lost

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Sherlock Holmes - A Memorial to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Artists CR 493

1989

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze on sandstone plinth

90inches/229cm, height

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: 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; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Divisive Sculptor on the Trail of the Great Detective, , Inverness Courier, 1990; Clare Henry, Fruitful Transformation, , Herald, 1993; After Years Underground, The Fire-Breathing Monsters are Back, , The Daily Mail, 1995, p.29; Exhibiting Close to Home, , Ross-shire Journal, 2002; Jeremy Watson, ‘Immoral’ War Inspires Art Legend, , Scotland on Sunday, 2004; Susan Mansfield, Why I Said Goodbye to Warhol, , Scotsman, 2002; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; Gerald Laing: Portraits, 1993, p.39; Tam Dalyell, Gerald Laing: Artist whose work encompassed Sixties Pop Art and figurative sculpture, , Independent, 2011; Sculptor gets ahead with exhibition, , Press and Journal, 1994.

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Maquette for Conan Doyle Memorial, Picardy Place, Edinburgh

Artists CR 493a

June 1989

Kinkell, Scotland

Painted plaster

28x12x10inches/71x30x25cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Sun Motif for a Building in Glasgow

Artists CR 494

August - September 1989

Bronze

30inches/76cm, diameter

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Maquette for Criterion Horses

Artists CR 503

December 1989

Plaster and wood model, painted, with light box

18x18x9inches/46x46x23cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Literature: Gerald Laing, The Criterion Horses, 1989.

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The Kinkell Sundial

Artists CR 511

May 1990

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

74x12x12inches/188x30x30cm

Collection: Gerald Laing Foundation

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Axis Mundi

Artists CR 512

1990

Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze (five figures and three bowl sundials), granite-clad obelisk

420inches/1067cm, height; figures at 1.25 x life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: 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, Gerald Laing: An Autobiography, 2011; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Divisive Sculptor on the Trail of the Great Detective, , Inverness Courier, 1990; The Michael Laid Partnership, Axis Mundi: A Sculpture by Gerald Ogilvie Laing MCMXCI, 1991; Clare Henry, Fruitful Transformation, , Herald, 1993; Iain Gale, The Great Survivor, , Caledonia, 2002, pp.38-40; Exhibiting Close to Home, , Ross-shire Journal, 2002; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing, Axis Mundi or The Apotheosis of the Wise Virgins, 1991.

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Winged Figure - Uppermost figure of Axis Mundi

Artists CR 514

July 1991

Bronze (Edition of 10)

97x88x48inches/246x224x122cm

Collection: Gerald Laing Foundation

Exhibitions: 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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Maquette of Axis Mundi

Artists CR 523

1992

Mixed media

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Bank Station Dragons

Artists CR 544

November - January 1994

Kinkell, Scotland

Nickel-plated silver and champlevé enamel on patinated bronze

68x22x5inches/173x56x13cm

Collection: Private Collection

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: After Years Underground, The Fire-Breathing Monsters are Back, , The Daily Mail, 1995, p.29; Gerald Laing, Dragons at Bank, , Whistler, 1995, p.12; Commissions - The Sculpture Company, , Sculpture 108, 1996; Exhibiting Close to Home, , Ross-shire Journal, 2002; Susan Mansfield, Why I Said Goodbye to Warhol, , Scotsman, 2002; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999; Tam Dalyell, Gerald Laing: Artist whose work encompassed Sixties Pop Art and figurative sculpture, , Independent, 2011; Gerald Laing, Ten Dragons: Bank Underground Station, 1995; Philip Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, 2003.

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The Twickenham Winger, Small Maquette

Artists CR 546

June 1995

Bronze (Edition of 500)

7.5x5x3.5inches/19x13x9cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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The Twickenham Winger, Third-scale Maquette

Artists CR 546a

1996

Bronze (Edition of 10)

28.5x12x12inches/72x30x30cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Seven Panels on the Theme of St. George, the Dragon and the Maiden

Artists CR 547

1995

London

Metallic Resin

94.5x70.4inches/240x179cm, 7 panels, each

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: After Years Underground, The Fire-Breathing Monsters are Back, , The Daily Mail, 1995, p.29; John Rendall, Gerald Laing Sculpture Preview, , Hello!, 1996, p.26; Commissions - The Sculpture Company, , Sculpture 108, 1996; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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The Four Twickenham Rugby Players: The Kicker

Artists CR 548

September / October 1995

London / Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

, 1.25x life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing, The Artist’s Eye, , Art Review, 1996, p.22; Nicholas Usherwood, Gerald Laing, , Galleries UK, 1996, p.18; Jane Hall, Heroes Guard Arts of Rugby, , Journal, 1996; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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The Four Twickenham Rugby Players: The Winger

Artists CR 549

1995

London / Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

, 1.25x life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Nicholas Usherwood, Gerald Laing, , Galleries UK, 1996, p.18; Jane Hall, Heroes Guard Arts of Rugby, , Journal, 1996; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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The Four Twickenham Rugby Players: The Scrum Half

Artists CR 554

1995

London / Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

, 1.25x life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Nicholas Usherwood, Gerald Laing, , Galleries UK, 1996, p.18; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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The Four Twickenham Rugby Players: The Forward

Artists CR 555

1995

London / Kinkell, Scotland

Bronze

, 1.25x life-size

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Nicholas Usherwood, Gerald Laing, , Galleries UK, 1996, p.18; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Apollo

Artists CR 559

December - February 1996

Bronze on stone base

90inches/229cm, height

Collection: Private Collection

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Second Maquette for Cricketer

Artists CR 562

July - August 1997

Plaster and wood with base

64x11x13inches/163x28x33cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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The Wormsley Cricketer

Artists CR 563

Autumn 1997

Bronze figure, stone base with bronze bas relief narrative panels

168inches/427cm, height

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gordon Lennox (image), [untitled], , Herald, 1998; Exhibiting Close to Home, , Ross-shire Journal, 2002; Gerald Laing, Apostasy, , Northern Review, 1998; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Portrait of Kyle McNeil

Artists CR 564

1997

Bronze

16x8x9inches/41x20x23cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Two Maquettes for Wise and Foolish Virgins on Glass

Artists CR 572

August - September 1998

Etched glass with gold leaf and chrome-plated copper, wood frames

18x35inches/46x89cm, each

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Maquette for Fire Icon, Bluewater Centre, Dartford Kent

Artists CR 573

August 1998

Paint on plaster and wood

23x5x4inches/58x13x10cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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One-third Scale Model of Dragon for Bluewater Fire Icon

Artists CR 575

September 1998

Plaster

74x15.75x21.5inches/188x40x55cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Ceramic Claws for Bluewater Dragons

Artists CR 576

1998

Glazed ceramic (Edition of unlimited)

3.25x2.5x3inches/8x6x8cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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