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Gerald Ogilvie Laing, British, American sculptor. Recipient Civil Trust award, Scottisdh Civic Trust, 1971. Served to lieutenant English Army, 1953-1960. Member Royal Society of British Scupltors (associate).

Background

Laing, Gerald Ogilvie was born on February 11, 1936 in Newcastle-Opon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. Son of Gerald Francis and Enid Moody (Foster) Laing.

Education

He 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.

Career

in United Kingdom, United States of America and Federation Republic of Germany; many group exhibitions in Europe, United States of America, Japan and Brazil; works in many public collections including Museum of Modem Art and Whitney Museum, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, London and Scottish National Gallery of Modem Art, Edinburgh; major commissions: Callanish University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 1971, Frieze of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, George St., Edinburgh 1979, Fountain of Sabrina, Broad Quay House, Bristol 1981, Portrait of Siaka Stevens He lived in the Scottish Highlands. 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.

After art school he moved there, and with his connections, his art career began to take off. 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. In 1993 the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh staged a retrospective exhibition of his work.

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. 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.

Sims Reed Gallery represents the Estate of Gerald Laing.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Represented in permanent collections: Victoria and Albert Museum, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Museum Modern Art, New York Whitney Museum, Minneapolis Museum, Indianapolis Museum, Denver Museum, Universities of New York, Harvard University, Cornell University, Brandeis, Puerto Rico, Aberdeen, Strathcyde. Author: Kinkell: the Reconstruction of a Scottish Castle, 1985.

Membership

Served to lieutenant English Army, 1953-1960. Member Royal Society of British Scupltors (associate). Clubs: Chelsea Arts (London).

Lodges: Seaforth.

Connections

Married 1st Jenifer Ann Redway in 1962 (divorced in 1967). Married 2nd Galina Golikova in 1969 (divorced in 1983). Married 3rd Adaline Havemeyer Frelinghuysen in 1988.

father:
Gerald Francis Laing

mother:
Enid Moody Laing nee Foster

spouses:
Jenifer Ann Redway

Galina Golikova

Adaline Havemeyer Frelinghuysen