Gerald Laing

Gerald Ogilvie-Laing (11 February 1936 – 23 November 2011) was a British pop artist and sculptor.[1] He lived in the Scottish Highlands.[2]

Gerald Laing
Born
Gerald Ogilvie-Laing

(1936-02-11)11 February 1936

Died 23 November 2011(2011-11-23) (aged 75)

Education Berkhamsted School
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Saint Martin’s School of Art
Occupation Artist, sculptor
Spouse(s)
Jennifer Anne Redway

(m. 1962; div. 1967)

Galina Vassilovna Golikova

(m. 1969; div. 1983)

Adaline Havemeyer Frelinghuysen

(m. 1988; his death 2011)

Children 5

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Laing was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 11 February 1936, a son of Maj. and Mrs. Gerald Ogilvie-Laing[3] He grew up during World War II and experienced the Battle of Britain as young boy.

He was educated at Berkhamsted School, an independent school in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire,[4] and attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers as a lieutenant in Ireland and Germany. He soon realized that the military was not what he was looking for and attended Saint Martin’s School of Art in London.[5]

At the beginning of the 1960s, while still at Saint Martin’s, Laing was introduced to artists in New York City. He met Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Rosenquist and Robert Indiana.[6] After art school he moved there, and with his connections, his art career began to take off.[7]

Laing’s career took him from the avant-garde world of 1960s pop art, through minimalist sculpture, followed by representational sculpture and then back full circle to his pop art roots. He also taught sculpture at the University of New Mexico and at Columbia University in New York City.[8]

In 1993 the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh staged a retrospective exhibition of his work.[9]

In 2012 Sims Reed Gallery staged an exhibition of his prints and multiples, his most comprehensive show of work to date.

Laing did a series of anti-war paintings, based primarily on photographs from the atrocities at Abu Ghraib. These paintings were the beginning of his return to pop art. They were followed in 2004 by a series of Amy Winehouse paintings, as well as a painting of Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss.

On 19 February 2012 a bronze sculpture by Laing, Dreamer, was stolen from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.[10]

In February 2014, Laing’s Brigitte Bardot painting from 1963 work sold for £902,500 in an auction at Christie’s in London, a record sum for the artist.[11]

Sims Reed Gallery represents the Estate of Gerald Laing.

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