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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Sculpture In The Landscape 1970–1973

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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Water Sculpture

Artists CR 143

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium

Lost

Provenance: .

Literature: Dean Sobel, One Hour Ahead: The Avant-Garde in Aspen, 1945–2004, 2004, p.40, figs.30–1; Michael FIndlay, [untitled], , Aspen Times, 1966.

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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

Collection: Private Collection

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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Conon

Artists CR 254

1969

Scotland

Steel

240x60x36inches/610x152x91cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970

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Big Trace

Artists CR 255

1969

Scotland

Steel

168x35x24inches/427x89x61cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Private collection;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970

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Torgorm

Artists CR 256

1969

Scotland

Steel

120x34x4inches/305x86x10cm, each unit, two units 15 inches/38 cm apart

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Private collection;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970

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Milbuie

Artists CR 257

1969

Kinkell, Scotland

Painted Steel

33x36x144inches/84x91x366cm, each unit, six units

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Private collection;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970; Monumental American Sculpture, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, 1970

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Monumental Art, 1970.

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Scatwell

Artists CR 258

1970

Scotland

Painted steel

66x288x24inches/168x732x61cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Private collection;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970; Monumental American Sculpture, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, 1970

Literature: Harold Haydon, Galleries - Imperfect Finish Can Be Beautiful, , Chicago Sun-Times, 1970; Monumental Art, 1970.

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Double Freestanding Pin

Artists CR 259

1970

Kinkell, Scotland

Painted Steel

108x36x18inches/274x91x46cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Private collection, -2004;.

Literature: Craig Richardson, Scottish Art Since 1960: Historical Reflections and Contemporary Overviews, 2011, pp.82, 190.

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Matinee

Artists CR 260

1970

Scotland

Chrome on brass and painted aluminium, wooden frame

14x21inches/36x53cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970

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Flat Standard

Artists CR 261

1970

Scotland

Chrome on brass and paint on aluminium, wooden frame

25x22inches/64x56cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970

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Raasay Minor

Artists CR 262

1970

Scotland

Chrome on brass and paint on aluminium, wooden frame

22x28inches/56x71cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL) Private Collection, 1970-2012; (Shannon’s, Woodmount Road, Milford, Connecticut, Milford) Private Collection, 26 April 2012;Private collection, 2012-2012; (Dean Borghi Fine Art, New York).

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970

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Trace Transposed to a Natural Environment

Artists CR 263

1970

Scotland

Chrome on brass and paint on aluminium, wooden frame

12.5x19.75inches/32x50cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL) Private Collection, 1970-2011; (Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, West Lake Street, Chicago, Chicago) Private Collection, 5 May 2011;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1970

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Follow Me II

Artists CR 267

1970

Kinkell, Scotland

Paint on Steel

114x54x16inches/290x137x41cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971.

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Bilith I

Artists CR 269

1970

Kinkell, Scotland

Steel, stone base

25.75x11x6inches/65x28x15cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975

Literature: Gerald Laing, Gerald Laing: An Autobiography, 2011; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975.

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Bilith II

Artists CR 270

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

Steel, stone base

52x19x10inches/132x48x25cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Collection of Scottish Arts Council., 1972; (Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh).

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

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

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Bilith III

Artists CR 271

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

Paint on steel

102.5x50x33inches/260x127x84cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; William Peterson, Gerald Laing, , Artspace, 1976, pp.6–13; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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(Small) Pyramid I

Artists CR 272

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

COR-TEN steel, marble base

26x29x13.5inches/66x74x34cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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

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

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Follow Me III

Artists CR 273

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

Paint on aluminium, marble base

49x29x9inches/124x74x23cm

Collection: Private Collection

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

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; 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 and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Flat Pyramid

Artists CR 274

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

Polished steel, Caithness stone base

24x64x19inches/61x163x48cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Liberation and Tradition: Scottish Art 1963–1975, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Aberdeen, 1999

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

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Follow Me I

Artists CR 277

1970

Kinkell, Scotland

Formica front, Plexiglas, lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass

30.5x48x9inches/77x122x23cm, 2 parts

Lost

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

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971.

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Triple

Artists CR 278

1970

Kinkell, Scotland

Formica, lacquer on aluminium, chrome on brass, and Plexiglas

30.5x48x9inches/77x122x23cm, (each) 2 parts

Lost

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

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

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Division

Artists CR 280

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

Paint on steel

100x720x48inches/254x1829x122cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Private collection, Unknown;.

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; Sculpture in the Highlands: Landmark and Glenshee, The Landmark Sculpture Park, Carrbridge, 1980; Sculpture Exhibition, The Highland Council, Inverness, 1990

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; Divisive Sculptor on the Trail of the Great Detective, , Inverness Courier, 1990; Sculpture in the Highlands: Landmark and Glenshee, 1980.

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Corten Pyramid

Artists CR 281

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

COR-TEN steel, stone base

43x42x21inches/109x107x53cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: Private collection, 1972-1999;.

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; 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 and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008.

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Bronze Pyramid

Artists CR 281b

1971

Bronze (Edition of 10)

43x42x21inches/109x107x53cm

Collection: Laing Fine Art

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

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

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Pyramid Ia

Artists CR 282

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

Polished steel, marble base

26x29x13.5inches/66x74x34cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; William Peterson, Gerald Laing, , Artspace, 1976, pp.6–13.

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Pyramid III

Artists CR 282a

1971

Kinkell, Scotland

Polished steel, marble base

24.5x24.5x10.5inches/62x62x27cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975

Literature: Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; William Peterson, Gerald Laing, , Artspace, 1976, pp.6–13.

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Pyramid Folly

Artists CR 283

1972

Kinkell, Scotland

Stonework rendered, plastered and painted

192inches/488cm, height

Collection: Gerald Laing Foundation

Provenance: .

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

Literature: Gerald Laing, Kinkell: The Reconstruction of a Scottish Castle, 1974; Gerald Laing, Gerald Laing: An Autobiography, 2011; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993.

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Tunnel and Pyramids

Artists CR 288

1972

Kinkell, Scotland

COR-TEN steel

80.5x34.5x15inches/204x88x38cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: Collection of Scottish Arts Council., April 1974;.

Exhibitions: Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; Sculpture in the Highlands: Landmark and Glenshee, The Landmark Sculpture Park, Carrbridge, 1980; Virtue and Vision: Sculpture and Scotland, 1540–1990, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1991

Literature: Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975; Sculpture in the Highlands: Landmark and Glenshee, 1980; Timothy Clifford and Fiona Pearson, Virtue and Vision: Sculpture and Scotland 1540–1990, 1991.

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Tunnel and Pyramids (Stone Carving)

Artists CR 288b

1972

Kinkell, Scotland

Stone

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

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Twentieth Century Monument

Artists CR 289

1973

Kinkell, Scotland

COR-TEN and stainless steel

11x23x10inches/28x58x25cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; 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: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: Paintings & Sculpture 1963–1983, 1983; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975.

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Anthropomorphic Pyramid I

Artists CR 289a

1973

Kinkell, Scotland

Paint on plywood

8.75x15.75x7.25inches/22x40x18cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, 1973; Laing Mylius Scobie, Cleish Castle, near Kinross, 1975; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Laing Mylius Scobie: Sculpture at Cleish, 1975.

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Anthropomorphic Pyramid II

Artists CR 289b

1973

Kinkell, Scotland

Paint on plywood

16x9x7.5inches/41x23x19cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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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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