Now remembered as one of Britain’s leading Pop artists, Laing (1936-2011) started studying at Saint Martin’s School of Art in the 1960s after training at Sandhurst and completing a stint in the military during the previous decade.
“I was interested only in what I considered to be contemporary ‘heroic’ themes,” Laing wrote of his work in the early ‘60s. “The themes were skydivers, astronauts, drag racers and, I’m afraid, starlets. (I claim absolution on the grounds of youth!).”
The Fine Art Society’s upcoming retrospective of Laing’s works is the first major retrospective of the artist’s oeuvre to be held since his death, and runs in conjunction with the publication by his estate of his catalogue raisonné.
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