Painting a singer: Amy Winehouse exhibition opens next week

London gallery hosts art exhibition about the late singer by pop artist Gerald Laing

Belshazzar's Feast, by Gerald Laing

Belshazzar’s Feast, 2007, oil on canvas. 30 x 48 in / 76.2 x 121.9 cm. All images copyright Gerald Laing

An exhibition documenting the life of the late Amy Winehouse launches next week at the Thomas Gibson Fine Art Gallery, one of the LondonlovesBusiness.com top 20 fastest-growing companies.

The collection of drawings and paintings are by 1960s pop artist Gerald Laing – known for his depictions of Brigitte Bardot, Pavarotti, Andy Warhol, and Paul Getty, which were commissioned by the National Gallery.

His picture of Winehouse kissing then husband Blake Fielder Civil was the first in a series of paintings he produced of the singer and the complete collection goes on display at Thomas Gibson Fine Art in London’s Mayfair from October 11. 

The large paintings are priced between £115,000 and £125,000 while the drawings range from £3,000. The gallery, based on Bruton Street in central London, and the artist pledge to donate 20 per cent of all sales to the Amy Winehouse rehabilitation project launched by her father Mitch.

Gerald Laing said: “These paintings date from 2008 - a time when each episode in Amy’s increasingly complex life was being portrayed by the media.

“My work is concerned with the myth, and portrays her as she appeared to us, the public, via the media. Now that the drama has ended, and all is quiet, I hope it will be seen as a tribute from one artist to another.”

LondonlovesBusiness.com’s resident art columnist, Kevin Wilson said interest in Laing’s work had rocketed in recent months. Of a recent auction of the artist’s work he said: “His work Skydiver reached $72,000 in the sale room, but the auction estimate was only around $10,000. His other works in the auction had similar multiple leaps.

“Laing is a ‘waiting in the wings’ pop artist. He may have finally arrived and he can now command prices expected from someone living in a renovated castle.

“I would imagine the zeitgeist of the Winehouse moment, coupled with his recent rocketing figures, will be a collectors’ lure and it may be a while before the bubble bursts.”

Those who frequent London’s Bank station will be familiar with the artist’s bas-relief twin dragons that flank the map in the exit of the station (pictured right).

Related images

  • Domestic Perspective by Gerald Laing
  • Mother and Child by Gerald Laing
  • Thus Far no Further by Gerald Laing
  • Mother  Child and Alter Ego, by Gerald Laing
  • The Kiss II by Gerald Laing
  • Gerald Laing's bas-relief dragons at London's Bank station.

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