FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "VB II (Victoria Beckham)"
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.