John Wragg R.A. (1937 - 2020)
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Adam and Eve by John Wragg
Adam and Eve. 1987


Sculptor, painter and teacher, born in York, where he studied at the School of Art there from 1953-6 and then to the Royal College of Art from 1956-60. Wragg taught at Chelsea School of Art in 1961. In 1960 He gained a Sainsbury Award and in 1966 a Sainsbury commission, which resulted in a metal sculpture outside the firm's store in the Kings Road, Chelsea. Initially a sculptor of mythical figures, such as his 'Romulus and Remus' at Charterhouse School, then abstract work. He then progressed to polychromed resined heads, such as his Rilke series. He had the first of several one-man show at Hanover Gallery in 1963, later ones including Devizes Museum Gallery and England & Co, 1994. He was featured in 'British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century', Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1981-82. In 1977 he gained an Arts Council Major Award and the Council holds his work. He lived for some time in Devizes, Wiltshire and was elected RA in 1991.