Gerald Laing

Gerald Laing

Postby CAP » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:57 pm

Somewhat forgotten Pop Artist from the 60s - went the St Martins route rather than RCA - does that explain anything? Anyway I note his website here as one of the slicker artist's sites I've visited.

Not exactly up to date - has he died? - In 2008 he seems to have had a thing about Amy Winehouse, bizarrely, and spurred him to revisit his Pop roots. Know how you feel old codger. I was taken with Domestic Perspective, 2008 68.5 x 33 cm, (irregular shape) oil on canvas.

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Re: Gerald Laing

Postby jasperjoffe » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:15 pm

Gerald Laing, 1936 - 2011

I am not keen on the work
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Re: Gerald Laing

Postby CAP » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:00 am

Thanks for that. Looks like no-one's bothered to update the web site. Maybe it got forgotten in the will or the executor just couldn't be bothered. But like I say it's pretty fancy - Flash animations,mouse-over drop downs etc. I guess eventually the host company will pull it when someone stops paying the rent on it. True, he wasn't a front line Pop Artist, even on the British front, but I think he was sort of sincere.

RIP Gezza. ;)
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Re: Gerald Laing

Postby TaneraB » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:54 pm

Tate celebrated the 75th birthday of this important British Pop artist with a special display, the year before he died.
One of his paintings sold last year for £350,000 - three times its estimate - at Sotheby's London.
His paintings of Amy Winehouse go for upwards of £100,000
Read on...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/ ... rald-laing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... Laing.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obitu ... 67615.html
http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/o ... g.15950056


Website is under review - keep checking in... you'll see more of his work in future. It's already in pretty much all the major UK and US public collections.
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Re: Gerald Laing

Postby CAP » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:54 pm

Thanks for that TaneraB. :)

Obviously the market hasn't forgotten him. It's only in some of the older books on Pop Art he gets elbowed to one side. I think because like Derek Boshier he did go off on a tangent for a while. But then so did Sigmar Polke (another disciple of the tone screen dot density take on photography-as-painting).

The Winehouse ones are definitely a return to form though, I'm glad they have their fans. Just hope it's not merely because of Amy's unfortunate end...
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