Gerald Laing was a prominent British Pop Artist, born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne who studied at St Martin’s School of Art. After graduating in 1964, Laing moved to New York to work with many of the most influential figures of the period; including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana. Laing began experimenting with screen-printing during the 1960s. His earlier works often feature young girls in bikinis in provocative poses capturing the energy of the 1960s. He often appropriated images from newspapers or magazines, simplifying them, adding black dots (as a parody of cheap printing methods) and articulated them with bold flat plains of saturated colour. Laing then turned to imagery of skydivers, racing drivers and astronauts as the subjects of his prints.
His works are held in many public and private collections worldwide including the Tate, the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in London and in the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum, New York.