G Force 1963


G Force

Catalogue raisonné no. 24

Artist's CR 021



Oil on canvas

36 x 56 inches / 0 cm

Selected Citations and Comments

At this stage I began to introduce colour, in a flat pattern or in flat interlocking shapes. It is worth noting that these flat coloured areas have no pictorial depth. On the other hand, the dotted monochrome areas have atmospheric space and depth, and express real volume, at the same time remaining modular in technique. I should mention two other points about this painting in particular. Firstly, the use of a repetitive image, in this case the same man losing consciousness, i.e. at three different intervals in time on the same canvas (pictorial device with a very respectable genealogy). Second, the use of silver paint. Silver is a colour which appeals to me because of its violent tonal changes according to how the light strikes it, and because of its very arbitrary spacial implications.

Gerald Laing, 1971: Gerald Laing, exh. cat., Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971, p.11