Gerald Laing, one of Britain’s best-known pop artists of the 60s, has died at the age of 75. He had been suffering from cancer.
Laing’s artistic career began in the 50s, after he left the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. In 1957 he saw a performance of John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger, and this was a turning point: he went to study at the St Martin’s School of Art in central London and quickly became one of the institution’s top students.
Laing made his name with paintings of stars of the era such as Anna Karina and Brigitte Bardot. He headed to America for a while, but eventually returned to the UK and his later muses included the likes of Amy Winehouse.