Visionary painter, wood engraver, translator and poet, who grew up in the Suffolk countryside and whose work was inspired by a boyhood visit to San Marco Convent, Florence, Italy, and the work of Fra Angelico. After gaining a first-class honours degree in English literature at Lincoln College, Oxford, Wagner was a guest student of Peter Greenham at the Royal Academy Schools, 1978–81. His pictures, which followed a study of the classic themes of Renaissance painting, stemmed from a strong Christian faith. William Blake, Samuel Palmer and the English pastoral tradition, Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer were exemplars. Wagner took part in many group exhibitions, latterly including Blake’s Heaven, Scolar Fine Art, 2001; Roads to Damascus, The Brewhouse Gallery, Eton College, 2002; and Presence, St Paul’s Cathedral, 2004.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)