1 November, 2015

Seawhites, Pullborough.
Emily Ball’s painting School
November 2-4th 2015.


Modernism Without Irony: The Paintings of Gary Wragg by Ben Wiedel-Kaufmann

12 August, 2014

Gary Wragg, “Promenade” (1978), acrylic, pastel, charcoal, and Rohplex on canvas, 70 x 175 in

In 1978, the esteemed British curator Bryan Robertson saw fit to compare the promise of painter Gary Wragg’s emergent career with that of the young Jackson Pollock. It is a comparison lent some weight by the fact that Robertson had written a monograph and organized a major exhibition devoted to Pollock’s work when he was Director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

Quoted within the pages of the recent two-volume survey of Wragg’s career, however, the comparison jars. The career of the English painter has been considerably longer and more sustained than his American predecessor (the survey, Constant Within The Change: Gary Wragg, Five Decades of Paintings: A Comprehensive Catalogue by Sam Cornish, spans from very early pre-student works of 1963 through to 2013), but what will certainly strike the reader is Wragg’s failure to achieve an appreciable level of international recognition. Indeed, while it was likely that Wragg’s innovative expansion of painting’s medium-specific possibilities underlay Robertson’s excitement, these self-same qualities might be taken to account for Wragg’s relative obscurity today.

You can read the whole review here


‘Gary Wragg: Constant Within The Change: Five Decades of Paintings: A Comprehensive Catalogue’ A Closing Concert by Emma Wragg, James Cheung and Ben Wragg Sunday 4th May, 3-5pm, Clifford Chance

21 April, 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended the very successful book launch on the 8th of April, or who have visited the exhibition since. The enthusiastic response has been over-whelming. On Sunday the 4th of May there will be a closing concert at Clifford Chance. The concert will be the last chance to view the exhibition, and to purchase the book at the introductory price of £85 (payment by cash or cheque). You can find more information on the book here.

30th Floor Gallery, Clifford Chance, 10 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5JJ
RSVP essential:
Early reply welcome

First half – Emma Wragg, Violin, and James Cheung, Piano
Ralph Vaughan-Williams – The Lark Ascending
Ludwig van Beethoven – The Spring Sonata, Opus 24 in F major
Interval at 3.45
Second half – Ben Wragg, Solo Violin
Bach – Andante from Sonata no.2 in A minor for Solo Violin
Teleman – Fantasy no.2 in G for Violin without Bass
S. Prokofiev – Sonata for Solo Violin


Nicholas Usherwood has reviewed Constant Within The Change’ in the April edition of Galleries magazine

21 April, 2014

Nicholas Usherwood has reviewed Constant Within The Change’ in the April edition of Galleries magazine:

Bending Zones

Bending Zones & Shifting Accents (Magician’s Hand II), 2005-6, oil on canvas, 249 x 305cm

‘Tenacity is an underrated virtue in an artist’s ultimate recognition: Gary Wragg has always shown it in abundance and now, across a career spanning over five decades, he is finally getting some wider recognition for his hugely determined pursuit of a highly personal and intensely physical ‘take’ on abstract expressionism – a comprehensive two volume catalogue of his paintings entitled ‘Constant Within The Change’ (published by Sansom & Co) and a show at the 30th Floor Gallery, Clifford Chance … these volumes lend convincing support to the idea that it really is about time Wragg got support from the public sector that his achievement deserves.’