Gary Wragg (1946-) was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, studying at the School of Art there from 1962-66, then at Camberwell 1966-9 and Slade School of Fine Art 1969-71. He won travelling scholarships to Italy, Mexico and the United States before teaching at a number of British art schools.

His work – mainly large-scale abstracts conveying energy and intensity – began appearing in major mixed exhibitions including British Painting at the Hayward Gallery in 1974, British Painting 1952-77 in 1977 at the Royal Academy, the Sydney Biennale in 1982 and John Moores Exhibitions in Liverpool in 1991 and 2001.

Solo shows included Nicola Jacobs Gallery 1982-86 and Goldsmiths’ College Gallery in 1990 and he had a number of one-man exhibitions at Flowers Central and Flowers East.

Major retrospectives have been held by Alan Wheatley Art and the Paisnel Gallery. London based, Wragg’s work is held amongst others by The Arts Council of Great Britain, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and, internationally, at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the National Gallery in South Africa.