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Mathematical Dreams

John Wragg, Oswestry Heritage Gallery – http://www.johnwragg.net

I’ve always enjoyed Oswestry artist John Wragg‘s work, and it was great to see his recent exhibition in the Oswestry Heritage Gallery.

Vibrant yet controlled, precise yet explosive – John’s geometric paintings are studies in colour as much as they are studies in composition. His twin interests are geometry and light; the end result is a sort of mathematical dream – twistingly precise tesseracts, spirals and hypercubes glimmering with colour.

But his work is more complicated than just strange shapes and bright colours. John also plays around with that 2D/3D boundary that his interest in geometry explores, manifesting itself in a number of 3D mixed media and hanging/kinetic pieces. He’s also clearly interested in the way in which visual interactions with narrative creates a language of representation that thrives on incoherence – meaning born of a fractured and splintered whole.

John Wragg’s studio is underneath mine in the Cambrian Studios Buildings. He exhibited with the Inside Out group at our current work show a few years ago. He exhibits widely, and regularly as part of The Chicken Gallery group on the ground floor of the Cambrian Studios. It’s worth knocking on his door or visiting The Chicken if you’re interested in seeing more of his work.

The Chicken Gallery
of contemporary art and craft

Cambrian Studios Building,
Coney Green, Oswestry
Open: Wed-Sat, 11-3pm

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Colour and Geometry

John Wragg at the Oswestry Heritage Gallery: July 31 – August 25

Just noticed this poster on the Cambrian Studios Building noticeboard.

Fellow Cambrian Studios artist John Wragg is exhibiting at the Oswestry Heritage Gallery later this month. John’s paintings are fantastic images of geometry and colour – objects of multiple dimensions and radiant light. His work sometimes looks like diagrams from a mathematics textbook on acid. They’re really quite extraordinary – very precise, very detailed, but with a bright exuberance to them that really pulls you in. Over the years he’s produced not only painted works, but also relief, 3D and kinetic works as well, all drawing on the same inspirations. For more information about his work, have a look at his website – or head over to the Heritage Gallery:

John Wragg – Oswestry Heritage Gallery (click here for map)

Paintings / Drawings / Prints / Constructions

Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 25 August

Monday – Saturdays, 10:00 – 4:30

John’s also a member of BVA and exhibits at the Screamin’ Chicken Gallery in the Cambrian Studios Building.

Willow Spring Show!

Inside Out at the Willow Gallery

Great new exhibition has just opened up at The Willow Gallery. Their Spring Show features some fantastic painting, ceramics and sculpture. As usual, Faye has set out an extremely eclectic and diverse show – setting some extremely accomplished figurative works alongside bold abstracts.

Jas Davidson (BVA/Inside Out) and John Wragg (BVA/Inside Out) are in the main gallery – John with large, Op Art-like geometric paintings and Jas with the latest in his series of bronzes mixing the human form with natural textures. They’re joined by Rosie Davies (Inside Out), whose watercolour landscapes are moving further into abstraction of form and colour, and looking both crisp and free at the same time.

Jim Heath and Des Jones are also exhibiting in the Dunbabin Gallery & Community Room for the next three weeks. They are two of our three Studio A1 featured artists for April – Joan Santana is the third, exhibiting down at Studio A1 – and the first of what we hope will be a regular series of Inside Out artists exhibiting in the Dunbabin Gallery.

So although it’s a grey day on the Shropshire borderlands today, there’s plenty of bright art in Oswestry!

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