Gerald Laing

Gerald Laing

Born in Newcastle in 1936, Gerald Laing emerged on the British Pop Art scene in 1962, two years into his arts education at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London. In 1963, his painting Brigitte Bardot (1963) was included in Young Contemporaries 63, an exhibition at the Royal Society of British Artists’ Galleries in London. Shortly afterwards, he visited the United States, where he met Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein, and spent a summer working for Robert Indiana. He moved to New York in 1964, having received an offer for representation from Richard Feigen Gallery, and aligned himself with the American Pop Art movement. In 1965, he dramatically shifted his practice towards sculpture, devoting the next forty years to the discipline. Later in life, Laing returned to painting—and the half-tone dot—to reflect upon the Iraq War and the consistent amplification of celebrity culture. Since Laing’s passing in 2011, his works have been included in nearly every major survey of British Pop Art, including This was Tomorrow: Pop Art in Great Britain (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, 2016–17); When Britain Went Pop: British Pop Art, The Early Years (Christie’s London, 2013); Art and the 60s: This Was Tomorrow (Tate Britain, London, 2004); and Pop Art: U.S/U.K Connections, 1956–1966 (Menil Collection, Houston, 2001). Significant solo exhibitions have been held at the Fruitmarket Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, both in Edinburgh. His works can be found in the collections of the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Denver Art Museum; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.

Selected Works

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  • Rain Check
    1965
    Oil on canvas
    48 x 28 inches (122 x 71 cm)
    © The Estate of Gerald Laing

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  • Astronaut II
    1963
    Oil and silver spray paint on canvas
    12 x 10 inches (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
    © The Estate of Gerald Laing

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  • Lincoln Convertible
    1964
    Oil on shaped canvas
    111 x 73 inches (282 x 185.5 cm)
    © The Estate of Gerald Laing

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Video

Evening of Discussion on Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

May 2, 2018

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Selected Press

Blouin Artinfo | Top Art Shows in London This Week

April 5, 2018

Born in Newcastle in 1936, Gerald Laing emerged on the British Pop Art scene in 1962, two years into …

Financial Times | Critics' Choice

March 10, 2018

Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing at Lévy Gorvy London is the first show to consider the …

Art Daily | Lévy Gorvy opens an exhibition devoted to the Ben-Day dot

March 7, 2018

In the late 19th century, the American illustrator and publisher Benjamin Day developed a cost-effective …

London Live Evening News | Legendary Pop Art creators' work showcased in London

March 5, 2018

The way the 19th Century mass printing technique, the Ben-Day Dot inspired three legendary pop art creators …

The Sunday Telegraph | Out of Hiding

March 4, 2018

Roy Lichtenstein's pop art classic Frightened Girl (1964) goes on public show for the first time in …

Blouin Artinfo | Top Art Shows in London This Week

March 1, 2018

“Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing” at Lévy Gorvy. The exhibition explores the greater …

The Art Newspaper | Lichtenstein hidden in private collection for 25 years to be unveiled

February 23, 2018

Frightened Girl (1964) has been tucked away in a private collection in Europe since its last outing in …

Town & Country | Ten Exhibitions To See This Spring

February 22, 2018

'Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing' at Lévy Gorvy. The Ben-Day dot is the subject of this …

Blouin Artinfo | ‘Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing’ at Lévy Gorvy, London

February 12, 2018

Lévy Gorvy will host an exhibition titled “Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing” at its …

FAD Magazine | Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

February 4, 2018

In the late 19th century, the American illustrator and publisher Benjamin Day developed a cost-effective …

Artlyst | Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

January 3, 2018

Featuring exceptional works by the legendary trio of artists, this is the first exhibition to connect …

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