FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "VB II - Victoria Beckham"
*Pencil Signed, Mint Condition
Medium: Original Screenprint with Gold Foil
Limited Edition: 51/90
Sheet size: 28.25" x 23"
Image size: 22" x 18"
Gerald Ogilvie Laing (11 February 1936 – 23 November 2011) was a British pop artist and sculptor. He
lived in the Scottish Highlands. Laing was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1936. He grew up during
World War II and experienced the Battle of Britain as young boy.
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. 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.
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