Works by Gerald Laing

Gerald Laing (UK, 1936-2011)

Gerald Laing was one of the leading British artists of his generation. He shot to fame as a student at Saint Martin’s School of Art in the early 1960s and spent most of the decade working in New York, where he met Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Rosenquist, and Robert Indiana. His paintings of film stars, dragsters, and other icons of popular culture place him as a major figure in both the British and American Pop art movements.

Gerald Laing (seated) pictured in 1962 with Joe Tilson, Frances Moreland, Peter Phillips, Peter Blake, Dereck Boshier, Allen Jones and David Hockney

In the late sixties his work became more abstract and sculptural, reflecting the ‘cool’ style that was coming to dominate the New York art scene. A move to the highlands of Scotland in 1969 inspired the use of more substantial forms and rugged materials. In 1973 Laing abandoned pure abstraction and began modelling in clay and casting in bronze, becoming one of the country’s leading figurative sculptors. In 2003 he returned to painting with his searing Iraq War series and images of twenty first century icons such as Amy Winehouse.

Laing’s abstract sculpture from 1965–1973 was evolved directly from his paintings, using the techniques and materials of car customisation – lacquering, spray painting, and chrome painting on metal. The move from New York to the Highlands of Scotland in 1970 saw Laing’s sculpture respond to the beauty, roughness and power of the surrounding landscape.

Grenadier (1968) which is made from lacquered aluminium and chrome on brass, and was first exhibited at the eponymous Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, is a characteristic example of the clean minimalist lines that Laing became so well known for during the period, and directly echoes the work of abstract artists Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly. Three years earlier, proof of the critical success Laing was experiencing and his burgeoning reputation was cemented by the display of three abstract sculptures in the Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York, 1965.

Further success that decade included group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1967-8; and Whitney Museum of American Art, 1968–9.

Today Laing’s work is held in museums around the world, including: The National Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum, New York; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; The Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Indianapolis Museum; The Denver Museum.

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Robert Adams, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Adams, Robert

(British, 1917-1984)

Michael Ayrton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Ayrton, Michael

(British, 1921-1975)

Antoine Louis Barye, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Barye, Antoine Louis

(French, 1796-1875)

Gilbert Bayes, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bayes, Gilbert

(British, 1872-1953)

Pietro Calvi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Calvi, Pietro

(Italian, 1833-1884)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste

(French, 1827-1875)

Demetre Chiparus, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Chiparus, Demetre

(Romanian, 1886-1947)

Geoffrey Clarke, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Clarke, Geoffrey

(British, 1924-2014)

Jean-Baptiste Clesinger, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Clesinger, Jean-Baptiste

(French, 1814-1883)

Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Dalou, Aimé-Jules

(French, 1838-1902)

Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Derwent Wood, Francis

(British, 1871-1926)

Jules Desbois, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Desbois, Jules

(French, 1851-1935)

Alfred Drury, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Drury, Alfred

(English, 1856-1944)

Sir Jacob Epstein, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Epstein, Sir Jacob

(British, 1880-1959)

Pierre Félix Fix-Masseau, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Fix-Masseau, Pierre Félix

(French, 1869-1937)

Sir George Frampton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Frampton, Sir George

(English, 1860-1926)

Elizabeth Frink, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Frink, Elizabeth

(British, 1930-1992)

Pablo Gargallo, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Gargallo, Pablo

(Spanish, 1881 - 1934)

 George Frederick Watts & Thomas Wren, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

George Frederick Watts & Thomas Wren

(British )

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Gérôme, Jean-Léon

(French, 1824-1904)

Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Gilbert, Sir Alfred

(British, 1854-1934)

Emmanuel  Hannaux, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Hannaux, Emmanuel

(French, 1855-1934)

Adrian Jones, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Jones, Adrian

(English, 1846-1938)

Fritz Klimsch, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Klimsch, Fritz

(German, 1870-1960)

Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Laing, Gerald

(UK, 1936-2011)

Frederic Lord  Leighton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Leighton, Frederic Lord

(English, 1830-1896)

Andrea Lucchesi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Lucchesi, Andrea

(Italian, 1860-1924)

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mackennal, Sir Edgar Bertram

(Australian, 1863-1931)

Antonin Mercié, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mercié, Antonin

(French, 1845-1916)

Ivan Mestrovic, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mestrovic, Ivan

(Croatian, 1883-1962)

George Minne, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Minne, George

(Belgian, 1866-1941)

Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Moore, Henry

(English, 1898-1986)

Edward Onslow-Ford, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Onslow-Ford, Edward

(English, 1852-1901)

Eduardo Paolozzi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Paolozzi, Eduardo

(British, 1924-2005)

Paul  Philippe, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Philippe, Paul

(French , 1870-1930 )

Pablo Picasso, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Picasso, Pablo

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Hiram Powers, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Powers, Hiram

(American, 1805-1873)

Jean-Jacques Pradier, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pradier, Jean-Jacques

(Swiss, 1790-1852)

Sir William Reid Dick, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Reid Dick, Sir William

(English, 1879-1961)

Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Rodin, Auguste

(French, 1840-1917)

 Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse

(French, 1840-1917 and 1824-1887)

 Rodin and Claudel, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Rodin and Claudel

(French , (1840-1917) and (1864-1943))

Alfred Stevens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stevens, Alfred

(English, 1818-1875)

Raymond Sudre, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Sudre, Raymond

(French, 1870-1962)

Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Thornycroft, Sir William Hamo

(English, 1850-1925)

Albert Toft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Toft, Albert

(English, 1862-1949)

Leon Underwood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Underwood, Leon

(British, 1890-1975)

Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Walker, Arthur George

(British, 1861 - 1936)

Ossip Zadkine, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Zadkine, Ossip

(Russian/French, 1890-1967)