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Gary Wragg Artist Biography  British, born 1946

Gary Wragg, born in 1946, first attended the High Wycombe School of Art before moving to London. There he studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, where he won a Rotary Travelling Prize to Florence and Rome as well as the Lord Carron Prize awarded by Bryan Robertson. He continued post-graduate painting at the Slade School of Fine Art and won a Boise Travelling Scholarship to USA and Mexico, which he took in 1972. He also received an Arts Council grant in 1975 and a London Arts Association grant in 1978.

Gary Wragg’s trips to America, first to New York and Provincetown to visit Jack Tworkov, between 1971 and 1974, and time he spent in Springs, East Hampton with Willem de Kooning in 1985, were highly significant in his artistic development.

His first one man exhibition was held at Acme Gallery, London in 1976, with a subsequent successful show in 1979.   Gary Wragg exhibited regularly at the Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, between 1980 and 1989 and held a series of important solo and group exhibitions at Flowers East, London, between 1996 and 2010.

In his work Gary Wragg explores from what he calls his ‘treasure chest’, a traditional lineage of Poussin, Titian, Rubens, Goya, Delacroix, Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning.

Since the late seventies Gary Wragg’s love for painting has integrated with his passion for the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan. Wragg has found that the gestures and controlled movements of the discipline have formed a parallel in the painting and his work has subsequently evolved from the vocabulary and legacy of Abstract Expressionism to his investigation of energy painting.

Selected solo exhibitions:
1976 Gary Wragg, Acme Gallery, London
1979 Gary Wragg, Acme Gallery, London
1979 Peterloo Gallery, Manchester
1982 Gary Wragg, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1983 Gary Wragg, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
1984 Gary Wragg, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1984 Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
1986 Gary Wragg, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1989 Jean Wainwright, Chiswick, London
1989 Open Studio, Hackney, London
1989 Studio Show, West Hampstead, London
1990 Goldsmiths Gallery, London
1990 Studio Show, West Hampstead, London
1991 Gallery 10, London
1991 Studio Show, West Hampstead, London
1992 Studio Show, West Hampstead, London
1993 Studio Show, West Hampstead, London
1994 Studio Show, West Hampstead, London
1996 Gary Wragg: Works on Paper, Gallery M, Flowers East, London
1997 Gary Wragg, Flowers East, London
1999 Gary Wragg, Flowers East, London
1999 King Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000 The Quiet Paintings, Flowers East, London
2003 Flowers Central, London
2003 Studio Show, Vyner Street, London
2006 Gary Wragg, Burgh House, Hampstead, London
2008 Flowers East, London
2008 Gary Wragg, Mason’s Yard Gallery, London
2010 Gary Wragg: Early Works 1968-1969, Alan Wheatley Art, London
2012 Gary Wragg: Spontaneity of Movements, Alan Wheatley Art, London
2014 Gary Wragg: Constant Within the Change, Clifford Chance, London

Public collections include:
Arts Council of Great Britain
Barclays de Zoete Wedd, London
Contemporary Arts Society, London
DeBeers Consolidated Mines, London
Eastern Arts Association, Leicester
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
Saatchi Collection, London
Slade School of Art Collection, London
University College, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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