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1946Born High Wycombe
1962-66 High Wycombe School of Art
1966-69 Camberwell School of Art
1968Rotary Travelling Prize to Florence and Rome
1968Lord Carron Prize
1969Six Young Artists - Greenwich Theatre Gallery 1969
1969-71Slade School of Fine Art
1971-74Visited Jack Tworkov in New York
1972Boise Travelling Scholarship to USA and Mexico
1973Starts practising Tai Chi
1985Visited Willem de Kooning in East Hampton, NY
1989Founds Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Bethnal Green, London
1998-2003Visiting Artist, Montmiral School of Painting, France
2005Artist in Residence, Vindrac-Alayrac, France

Teaching and Lecturing

1971-96Visiting Lecturer at Chelsea School of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, Bath Academy of Art, Newcastle University and Manchester School of Art
1971-88 Portsmouth Polytechnic
1972-93 Camberwell School of Art
1975-97 St. Martin’s School of Art
1994-95 Slade School of Fine Art
1995-96 Tate Education: de Kooning, Cézanne, Pollock
1999 Classic Cézanne, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia,
Masterclass Drawing Week
2001 Cézanne Lecture at Newcastle University
2004 Drawing Marathon at New York Studio School
2004-08 Drawathon 12 at Vyner Street studio
2009 Drawathon 13 Marles Stud Studio, Epping
2011-14 Drawathon 14, 15, 16. At Marles Stud Studio Epping.

Solo Exhibitions

1976 & 1979 Acme Gallery, London
1978 Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery
1979Peterloo Gallery, Manchester
1982, 1984 & 1986 Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1983 Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
1984Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
1989 Jean Wainwright, Chiswick, London
Studio Show, Hackney, London
1989-94 Studio Shows, Parsifal Road, West Hampstead, London
1990Goldsmiths Gallery, London
1991 Gallery 10, Grosvenor Street, London
1996 Works on Paper, Gallery M, Flowers East, London
1997 Flowers East, London
1999 King St Gallery, Sydney
2000 The Quiet Paintings, Flowers East, London
2003Flowers Central, London
Studio Show, Vyner Street, London
2006 Burgh House, Hampstead, London
2008 Flowers East, London
Mason’s Yard Gallery, London
2010 Early Works 1968-69, Alan Wheatley Art, London
2012 Spontaneity of Movements, Alan Wheatley Art, London
2014Constant Within The Change, Clifford Chance, London
Constant Within The Change, Alan Wheatley Art, London

Group Exhibitions

1969 Play Orbit, ICA, London
1971Platform ‘71, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Young Contemporaries, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Recent Work by Younger British Painters from the Collection
of W J Carey,
Eugene McDermott Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1972Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1974British Painting 1974, Hayward Gallery, London
1975 & 1976 Vera Russell’s Artists’ Market, Covent Garden, London
1977 British Painting 1952-77, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1978Some Recent Acquisitions from The Arts Council Collection,
Hayward Gallery, London
Notices by Dick Lee, Camden Arts Centre, London
1978, 1980,
1982, 1987-98,
2001, 2004
& 2009-11
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1978, 1987,
1989, 1991
London Group, Royal College of Art, London
1979 The First Exhibition, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1979 & 1982 Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
1980 Jennifer Durrant & Gary Wragg, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
3 British Artists, Studio Marconi, Milan
7 New British Artists, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York
1981 Artists For Nuclear Disarmament, Acme Gallery, London
1981-1983
&1987
Summer Exhibition, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1982 Sydney Biennial, Australia
A Taste of British Art Today, Contemporary Arts Society, Brussels
Contemporary Choice, Serpentine Gallery, London
The London Suite ‘82, Anne Berthoud Gallery, London
1983 53-83: Three Decades of Artists from Inner London Art Schools, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Painting 1983: Work by 7 Artists, Warwick Arts Centre
1984 English Expressionism, Warwick Arts Centre
T.S.W.A. Touring Exhibition, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn &
Penwith Galleries, St Ives, to Camden Art Centre, 1985
Painters at Winchester, Winchester Gallery Exhibition in
Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Trier, Germany
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1985 30 London Painters, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1985 & 1988 Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
1986John Carter, Jennifer Durrant, Anthony Whishaw and Gary Wragg, University of Surrey, Guildford
1987Retrospective, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Read Gallery, Texas
1989 The Day Book, Usher Gallery, Lincoln
1989-1991 Lynn Stern Associates, London
1991 & 2001The John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
London Group, Works on Paper, The Economist Building, London
Mutual Aims, South London Art Gallery
1992 &93 London Group, Barbican Concourse Gallery, London
1993Drawing Towards Sculpture, ISIS Gallery, Essex
1993 &94 London Group, Morley Gallery, London
1993 &1994 London Group, London Institute Gallery
1994 British Abstract Art Part 1: Painting, Flowers East, London
1995 A Dialogue with de Kooning, Royal College of Art, London
Absolut Secret, Royal College of Art, London
London Group Biennial Exhibition, Barbican, London
1996 British Abstract Art Part 3: Works On Paper, Flowers East, London
Gallery 7, Toronto
Lethaby Gallery, London
Figuring Cézanne, (The Tate Gallery Project), Lethaby Gallery, London
1997 Angela Flowers Gallery 1997, Flowers East, London
Light & Splendour, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
New Abstract Painting, Riverside Studios, London
Frankfurt Art Fair, Flowers Gallery, Germany
1998 Small is Beautiful: Music, Flowers East, London
1999 Engaging with Pollock, Lethaby Gallery, London
Ten New Abstract Paintings, Flowers East, London
’45-’99: A Personal View of British Painting & Sculpture by Bryan Robertson, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Small is Beautiful Millennium, Flowers East, London
Small is Beautiful: Abstracts, Flowers West, Santa Monica,
California
Five by Twenty, Kingston University touring to Oldenburg,
Germany
2000Angela Flowers Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Flowers East, London
Flowers West, Santa Monica, California
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Flowers Three, Flowers Central, London
Small is Beautiful:Self Portrait, Flowers East, London
2001British Abstract Painting, Flowers East, London
Flowers Three, Flowers Central, London
Small is Beautiful, Self Portraits, Flowers East, London
Five by Twenty, Oldenburg, Germany and Laoyala University,
New Orleans
Art Crazy Nation (Curated by M. Collings), Milton Keynes Gallery
2002East 2, Flowers East, London
Art of the 20th Century, New York
John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool
Small Is Beautiful, Flowers East, London
2003Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London
New British Art 1, Flowers, New York
2004Wragg and McLean, Vinopolis, London
Little Venice Artists, Little Venice Gallery, London
Small is Beautiful: Here and Now, Flowers Central, London
Studio Show, Vyner Street, London
2005 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Flowers East, London
Royal Academy Summer Prints Show, London
Arts Unwrapped 2005, Vyner Street Studio Show, London
East into West, Alma Enterprise, London
East into West, Wine Gallery, London
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London
2006 Circus, Empire Gallery, London
Gallery Artists, Flowers East, London
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London
Studio Show, Vyner St, London
2007Chicago Art Fair, USA
25 Years of Post-War British Art 1951-1975, Paisnel Gallery,
London
Scratching the Surface, Eton Gallery, Eton
Toronto Art Fair
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York
2008 Four Abstract Artists, Flowers Central, London
Paisnel Gallery, London
Meta, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Small is Beautiful, Flowers on Madison, New York
2009Flowers Central, (Lower Gallery), London
Paisnel Gallery, London
Alan Wheatley Art, London
Flowers Central, (Upper Gallery), London
London Group, The Menier Gallery
Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London
2010 London Group, The Cello Factory
40 Years Anniversary, Flowers East
New to Sight, Poussin Gallery, London
Scratching the Surface, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff
Alan Wheatley Art, London
Modern Masters, Alan Wheatley Art, London
The Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery, London
2011 Alan Wheatley Art, London
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London
2012 100 Prints, Flowers East, London
Alan Wheatley Art, London
Abstract Critical Newcomer Awards (selector), Kings Place,
London
Art, Lloyds Club, London
Small is Beautiful, Flowers, London
New Possibilities: Abstract Paintings from the Seventies,
The Piper Gallery, London
The London Suite II, Advanced Graphics, London
2013 Alan Wheatley Art, London Art Fair, Islington, London
Alan Wheatley Art, 20/21 International Art Fair,
Royal College of Art, London
Small is Beautiful: Who is Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?, Flowers East, London
ISPDA Print Fair, Park Avenue Armory, New York
London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London
2014I Cheer A Dead Man’s Sweetheart: 21 Painters in Britain, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK
Art 14, Olympia, London
The Social Basis Of Abstract Art, Up Down Gallery, Ramsgate.
Small is Beautiful. Flowers Gallery, New York.
2015PlusSpace Container Gallery SE 9 25U
March 2015
2015Stockwell Depot 1967-79
Greenwich University Galleries
July 24-September 12th 2015
2015"Small is Beautiful" 33rd edition, Flowers Gallery, Cork St London, 9th December to January 9th 20-16.

Selected Bibliography

1973John Russell, ‘Artists’ Market’, The Sunday Times
1976Peter Rippon, ‘Gary Wragg’, Artscribe, November
Marina Vaizey, ‘Gary Wragg’, The Sunday Times
1977 Bryan Robertson, ‘British Painting 1952-77’, Harpers & Queen
John McLean, ‘British Painting 1952-77’, The Guardian
1978Rippon, ‘Notes on New Abstract Painting’, Artscribe, no. 10, Jan
Terence Maloon ‘London Group’, Time Out, 7 April
Maloon, ‘Gary Wragg at the Newcastle Polytechnic’,
Artscribe, no.11
‘Summer Exhibition Royal Academy’, Time Out, 16 June
John McEwen, ‘Rarities’, The Spectator, 26 August
Art Monthly
1979Robertson, ‘Gary Wragg at Acme Gallery’, Harpers & Queen, February
John Spurling, ‘Gary Wragg at Acme Gallery’, New Statesman,
9 February
William Feaver, ‘Gary Wragg at Acme Gallery’, Observer,
11 February
James Faure-Walker, ‘Fertile Forms’, Artscribe, no. 16
Marina Vaizey, ‘Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy’, Arts Review, v XXXI, 8 June
Feaver, ‘Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy’,
Observer, May 20
Charlotte Parry-Crooke, Contemporary British Artists with Photographs by Walia, Bergstrom and Boyle Books
1980Edward Lucie Smith, ‘Hayward Annual’, The Evening Standard
Peter Fuller, ‘Hayward Annual’, Artforum
‘Seven New British Artists’, The Guardian, 25 February
Vaizey, ‘Pictures We Deserve’, The Sunday Times, 18 May
1981Mary-Rose Beaumont, ‘Summer Exhibition: Nicola Jacobs Gallery’, Arts Review, August
1982Waldemar Januszczak, ‘Gary Wragg’, The Guardian, 19 May
Januszczak, ‘Summer Exhibition’, The Guardian
1983Monica Petzel, ‘Younger British Artists’, Time Out, December
‘Gary Wragg’, Artscribe, December
1984Sarah Kent, ‘Gary Wragg, Nicola Jacobs Gallery’, Time Out, February
Januszczak, The Guardian, February
Januszczak ,‘English Expressionism’, The Guardian, May
Leonard Lee, ‘Gary Wragg Interviewed’, Artscribe, May
1987Artscribe
Art Monthly
1988The Guardian
1989Art Review, March
1991Matthew Collings, City Limits, December
1996Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Independent, June,
High & Ham, June
1997Tim Hilton, The Guardian
1999Sebastian Smee, The Sydney Herald
John McEwen, The Sunday Telegraph
Karen Wright, Modern Painters, Summer
The Abstraction Newsletter
2000Emma Biggs, Modern Painters
Joanna Hayman-Bolt, Artsnewroom.com
2001Fisun Guner, The Metro
2002Collings, Art Crazy Nation, 21 Publishing
Amber Cowans, ‘Five Best Shows Nationwide’, The Times
Adrian Searle, ‘John Moores awards’, The Guardian, October
2003Collings, Modern Painters, Summer
Luke David, Ham & High
2004Country Life, 4 June
‘Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies’, Discover, Issue 9
2007Collings, ‘Painterly Painting’, Saatchi Online Magazine, August
2008Sue Hubbard, ‘Small is Beautiful XXVI’, The Independent, December
Collings, ‘On the Meaning of Paintings’, Modern Painters
2012Nowyczas Wojciech A. Solczynski, New Time
Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries
2014Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries
Dan C00mbs, Abstract Critical
Mark Sheerin, Visual Arts
Galleries Book Review, Constant Within The Change
Ben Wiedel – Kaufmann, Modernism Without Irony: Hyperallergic NY
Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries

Writings by Wragg

1982‘Brief Reflections on Six Recent Paintings’, The Fine Art Letter
2012‘Joan Mitchell, The Last Paintings, A Tribute’,
www.abstractcritical.com
‘Turner, Monet, Twombly: Later Paintings, Tate Liverpool’,
www.abstractcritical.com