Shortly after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1960, John Wragg was invited by Erica Brausen to show at the Hanover Gallery in London where he rubbed shoulders with some of the most influential artists of the Modernist scene. He also taught at Chelsea School of Art (1961 - 1990) for almost thirty years after which he devoted himself to his practice full time.

John won the Sainsbury Award in 1960, which introduced him to Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury with whom he became good friends. He later won first place in the Sainsbury Sculpture Competition (1966) and later the Arts Council Major Award (1977) followed by the Chantrey Bequest (1981). He was elected Royal Academician in 1991.

John Wragg's work is part of the renowned Sainsbury private collection and is also included in a number of notable public collections including the Tate Gallery, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Contemporary Arts Society and the National Gallery of modern Art, Edinburgh, amongst many others.

Artwork

Credentials

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016
    The Project Gallery, Arundel
  • 2016
    Bath Contemporary, Bath
  • 2009
    Sadlers Yard Gallery, West Bay
  • 2000
    Handel House Gallery, Devizes
  • 1997
    Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge
  • 1995 - 1996
    L'art Abstrait, London
  • 1994
    England & Co, London
  • 1994 - 1995
    Devizes Museum Gallery
  • 1985
    Quinten Green Fine Art, London
  • 1984
    Katherine House Gallery Marlborough
  • 1982
    Bridge Street Gallery, Bath
  • 1968
    York Festival
  • 1963 & 1966 - 1970
    Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris
  • 1986
    Hanover Gallery, London

Awards

  • 1981
    Chantery Bequest
  • 1971
    Art Council Major Award
  • 1977
    Competition: Kings Road, Chelsea
  • 1966
    Winner of Sainsbury Sculpture
  • 1960
    Sainsbury award

Public & Private Collections

  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Tate Gallery
  • Arts Council of Great Britain
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Contemporary Art Society
  • Wellington Art Gallery, New Zealand
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018 & upcoming 2019 Exhibition

Publications

  • British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century
  • 1980
    The Artist
  • February 1980
    Arts Review
  • 1979
    Contemporary British Artists
  • 1969
    Sculpture International
  • 1966
    Studio International, Charles Spencer
  • May 1966
    Art & Artists, Eddie Wolfram
  • March 1965
    Studio International
  • Neue Dimensions der Plastic, Undo Hutterman
  • Robert and Lisa Sainsbury