Newcastle born Gerald Laing is recognised as one of the foremost pop art painters of his time. His images of pretty girls, fast cars and other symbols of the American dream are some of the most enduring of their era. Laing later turned his attentions to sculpture receiving many major commissions.

He recently returned to his inimitable pop art newsprint style to produce large-scale paintings that focus on the horrors of the Iraq War and of the diminution of the American dream. His Iraq War paintings have been exhibited around the world and have received a great deal of press attention.

Laing has just published a series of paintings exploring the fragility of fame in the twenty first century. Celebrities featured in this series to date include Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham.

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