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Born in 1948, Bromley, Kent, England, Nicholas James Philip Wegner (Nicholas Philip James from 2002); father Fritz Wegner illustrator,1924 to 2015, mother Janet, writer and journalist.
He studied Painting with Keith Vaughan and Frank Auerbach at the Slade School, UCL, 1966-70, printmaking with Stanley Jones at the Curwen Press and and History of Art (MA) 1994-95 at Kingston University. His primary attraction to landscape was developed in works made on site in Sussex, Cornwall and the Lake District, progressing to city views of London and Paris.
He has exhibited at The RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists and regularly with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Winsor& Newton and Ranelagh Prize Winner; elected full member ROI 2006. He has exhibited at Whittington Fine Art, Henley; Manor House Gallery Chipping Camden Oxfordshire, Courcoux & Courcoux Stockbridge Hampshire; Beaulieu Fine Arts Hampshire, Fisherton Mill Salisbury, Wold Galleries, Bourton on the Water Glos; Bourne Galleries Reigate; The Turner Gallery Exeter, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Smith Gallery Teddington, Lime Tree Gallery Bristol and in 2016-17 M1 Fine Art Greenwich. Works are held in collections in England and America.
From 1973 to 1978 he operated The Gallery, 65a Lisson Street NW1, producing projects including artists John Latham, Stephen Willats, Rita Donagh, Tony Rothon, Vaughan Grylls, Gerald Newmam, John A.Walker and Jonathan Miles.
With Sarah Batiste he edited Cv Journal from 1988-91, forming Cv Publications in 1992 and Cv/Visual Arts Research in 1995, publishing over 350 books, monographas and 200 audiobooks
Reviews and comments The seeming variety of painting styles, at one point representational and then at another so abstract. Also the use of color is right on. Vivid in the more abstract landscapes and then more subtle and unexpected in the cityscapes. Jack ONeill, Elm Hill Gallery, Houston
His large townscapes express a romantic classicism recalling Richard Parkes Bonington. The artists small watercolours make an innovative interpretation of the landscape. Exhibition at Reades Gallery, Aldeburgh, reviewed by Richard Inman in the East Anglian Daily Times.
Stunning open moorland landscapes The Gallery Seen Newsletter Devon
The drawings and watercolours appeal to me personally Hope Daniels, Editor American Style
Watercolour and gouache on Ingres Card
From Place Settings Trompe lOeil studies 1978-91
THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS
Workshops at Mall Galleries Learning Centre
June to September 2018
Oil on canvas 16x12in
27th June Figure Painting
19th July Still Life Study Day
24th September Painting a Portrait
25th September Completing the Portrait