Brigitte Bardot sold at Christie's

Gerald Laing's striking image of Brigitte Bardot, painted while still a student at St Martin's College in the 1960s and perfectly capturing the spirit of the age, sold at auctioneer Christie's in London yesterday evening for a record £902,500, far in excess of any previous price paid for one of Laing's works. Laing originally sold the painting to a private collector soon after it was created in 1963 for £40, and although widely exhibited, it had remained with the same owner since then.

More about the painting
From the auction catalogue.
An audio description of the painting from the Christie's website.

Lincoln Convertible on display at Tate

Lincoln Convertible, the only known contemporary painting of the assassination of US President John F Kennedy in 1963, has gone on display at Tate Britain in London to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death on 22nd November 1963. The painting, currently owned by the artist's estate, is on loan to Tate. It recently featured in 'When Britain went Pop', the acclaimed show of British Pop Art at Christiies' new Mayfair gallery. The artist viewed it as one of his most significant works.

More about Lincoln Convertible
Lincoln Convertible screenprint (available for sale)

Gerald Laing, 1936 - 2011

As one of the original wave of Pop artists Gerald Laing produced some of the most significant works of the British Pop movement. In London during the early 60s he pioneered the painting of enormous canvases based on newspaper photographs of models, astronauts and film stars. His 1962 portrait of Brigitte Bardot is an iconic work of the period and regularly features in major Pop retrospectives alongside Lincoln Convertible from 1964, a commemoration of the assassination of JFK.

After a period living and working in New York he returned to the Highlands of Scotland in 1969 to concentrate on sculptural work. Initially exploring abstraction and sculpture in the landscape, he moved on to figurative sculpture with the Galina series. High profile public commissions during this period included the Twickenham Stadium figures and the bronze bas-relief twin dragons at the exits of London's Bank station. His portrait work included heads of Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Getty, Sam Wanamaker (at the Globe Theatre) and Andy Warhol.

When the Abu Ghraib prison torture photographs began to appear in the press in 2003, Laing, a former British army officer, saw that his 60s starlets and all-American heroes had somehow become the perpetrators of horrific war crimes. This prompted him to return to a version of his early style depicting these one-time heroes of the American Dream in a grimmer contemporary light with the War Paintings series.

His return to painting also saw a return to the contemporary media images that inspired his early work, with new paintings depicting Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham.

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Gerald Laing Prints for Sale

Prints currently for sale from Gerald Laing include screenprints from the Amy Winehouse series (Domestic Perspective, The Kiss and Gethsemane) and screenprints of Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham. Also available are digital prints of the War Paintings series including a three dimensional framed version of Truth or Consequences. Prints of Anna Karina are also still available. For full details see here.

Jean Harlow print

Last year Gerald Laing produced the silkscreen print Jean Harlow in conjunction with St Pancras Editions. It is based upon his 1964 painting Jean Harlow which can be seen in the St Pancras Hotel art collection.

It is a fifteen colour silkscreen print with hand applied platinum leaf and silver-dollar foil. Prints from the edition of 200 are available from St Pancras Editions

AA D Sale at Christie's

Gerald Laing's 1964 painting AA D was sold for £385,000 ($606,769) at Christie's on 23 May 2012. View details of the sale.

A 1968 screenprint of AA D is still available for sale. View details here.


Line-out Sculpture Unveiled at Twickenham - 28/05/10

A 27 foot bronze sculpture of a rugby line-out by Gerald Laing has been unveiled at Twickenham Stadium.

The sculpture, cast by Black Isle Bronze, stands outside the newly-completed South Stand development. The group of five twice-lifesize figures joins four existing sculptures of rugby players by Gerald Laing at Twickenham’s west gate.

View a slideshow of the making of the Lineout sculpture.

Read Gerald Laing’s speech at the unveiling ceremony.


Gerald Laing's new paintings return to the techniques and subject matter of his early work from the 1960s. In the place of Brigitte Bardot and his 60s starlets his sources are now contemporary media images of figures such as Kate Moss. His most recent series of paintings feature iconic images of Amy Winehouse

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The Iraq war and the publication of images of torture at Abu Ghraib prison drew Gerald Laing back to painting for the first time in over three decades. The War Paintings series sees the starlets and all-American heroes of his early paintings take on new, more sinister roles.

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BBC Interview

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Gerald Laing talks about his paintings of Amy Winehouse at the BBC News website.