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KIm Wiggins

Kim Douglas Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico.  At the age of twelve, an art dealer visiting his parent’s ranch discovered his budding talent and began marketing his work in Scottsdale, Arizona.  By the mid 1970’s, he was painting in oil and working as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. During the 1980’s he experimented with various forms of Impressionism and Modernism eventually leading to his distinctive style.  Today, Wiggins is recognized as one of the creative forerunners behind the current Modern West Movement.  His uniquely modern vision of the West often places his work alongside celebrated icons of Western Realism as a powerfully, contrasting voice of creative vision.  

Western Art Collector Magazine  with Wiggins' painting, Stampede 1866, on the cover.

Wiggins has exhibited for the past twenty years at the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West.  He has also exhibited with the Briscoe Western Art Museum; Booth Western Art Museum; Denver Art Museum; National Museum of Wildlife Art; C. M. Russell Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Museum of New Mexico; De Young Museum; National Society of American Impressionists and the Other Side of the West. 

Wiggins has been honored with numerous awards and accolades.  In 1995 Wiggins was one of a handful of young artists included in a groundbreaking major show in entitled, American Realism & Figurative Painting.  Wiggins exhibited along side the legendary masters of American Art including the renowned Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O'Keeffe and Elaine de Kooning, from New York.  His work was included in the Painters and the American West exhibition in 2000.  This pivotal and historic event emerged in conjunction with a major book by Yale University Press on the history of the art of the American West.  The show opened at the Denver Art Museum and then traveled the country to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Art Institute of Chicago.  Every American master from George Catlin to C. M. Russell and Ernest Blumenschein to Georgia O'Keeffe was included in the exhibition.  Wiggins complex work, Merging Cultures on the Santa Fe Plaza, was voted People's Choice at the exhibition in Denver with over 40,000 visitors.  In 2005 his monumental work, Lewis & Clark Among the Mandan, 84 x 108 inches, was purchased by Jackie Autry at the Masters of the American West and added to the permanent collection of the Autry Museum.  In 2007 he fulfilled a lifetime dream when he was honored with a one-man show in New York City.  Wiggins traveled to the city documenting the iconic metropolis in a mammoth series of 40 cityscapes for a cutting-edge show with Altermann/Modern of New York.  In 2014 Wiggins received the Heritage Award from the New Mexico Historical Society recognizing his passionate innovation and contribution in the arts.  Recently Wiggins was one of a handful of contemporary artists recognized in the recent National Geographic book, The Old West.  In 2018, The Briscoe Western Art Museum, honored Wiggins with the William B. Travis Award for Patrons' Choice for his historical powerhouse, The Texians, Oil, 30 x 40.  The same night this painting broke the auction record for his work when it sold in San Antonio, not far from the legendary Alamo. 

The Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles houses two of Wiggins' major works.  Other collections include the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Museum of New Mexico, American Museum of Western Art, The Anschutz Collection, Booth Western Art Museum, Phippen Museum, Roswell Museum & Art Center and Tulane University.  The Staples Center in Los Angeles houses a collection of 10 major historical works focused on the history of California.  This collection has been used as the backdrop for many backstage interviews including the Grammy Awards.  Wiggins work has appeared or dawned the cover of such publications as Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Art of the West, Architectural Digest, American Psychologist, Cowboy & Indians, Wildlife Art, Western Art & Architecture, International Artist and Elle Decor.

 
 Kim Wiggins speaking at the dedication of  Cattle Kings of the Pecos , Oil, 72 x 96, Roswell Museum & Art Center, 2012.  Photograph by Jerry Holm.

Kim Wiggins speaking at the dedication of Cattle Kings of the Pecos, Oil, 72 x 96, Roswell Museum & Art Center, 2012.  Photograph by Jerry Holm.

Like Van Gogh, Wiggins’ style is based on a pictorial language of heavily impastoed brushwork, bold color, and dynamic surface movement. Wiggins draws upon Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, American Regionalism, Magical Realism, Muralist and Folk Art traditions, and it is this union that makes his paintings truly unique and unexpected. - Laurie J. Rufe, Former Director of the Tucson Museum of Art.
 Kim Wiggins standing in front of his award winning painting,  The Texians , Oil, 30 x 40.  This painting won the William B. Travis Award for Patrons' Choice at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, TX, 2018.

Kim Wiggins standing in front of his award winning painting, The Texians, Oil, 30 x 40.  This painting won the William B. Travis Award for Patrons' Choice at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, TX, 2018.

Kim Wiggins is highly skilled as a painter: imaginative, creative and blessed with a unique
style. He is one of the very few young artists who have emerged in the past
decade whose paintings and appeal will have long-term staying power.
- Philip F. Anschutz, American Business Icon
 Kim Wiggins with Jackie Autry at the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, 2013.

Kim Wiggins with Jackie Autry at the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, 2013.

WIGGINS HAS EXHIBITED WITH:

  1. American Museum of Western Art
  2. Autry Museum of the American West
  3. Booth Western Art Museum
  4. Briscoe Western Art Museum
  5. Denver Art Museum
  6. LA Art Show
  7. Masters of the American West
  8. M. H. de Young Memorial Museum
  9. Museum of New Mexico 
  10. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
  11. National Museum of Wildlife Art
  12. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  13. The Anschutz Collection
  14. The Other Side of the West (OSW)
  15. The Society of American Impressionists (SAI) 

 

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

-Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA. (The Day Josie Chesser Died, 48 x 36; Lewis & Clark Among the Mandan, 84 x 108 in).

-American Museum of Western Art, Denver, CO. (Merging Cultures on the Santa Fe Plaza, 60 x 84 in).

-The Anschutz Collection, Denver, CO. (The Departure of Don Wray, 60 x 84 in).

-Staples Center, Los Angles, CA.  The California Series, 9 paintings and 1 mural depicting the history of California. (Nighttime in the San Fernando Valley, 48 x 60; Sunrise in the Vineyards of California, 48 x 60; One Summer Night in L.A., 36 x 48; City of Angels, 30 x 40; Life at Figueroa and 11th, 30 x 40; California Before, 40 x 30; Angelinos in a Promised Land, 36 x 48; The Hills of California, 84 x 60; Back on the Road Again, 30 x 40 in).

-Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA. (Eve of St. Francis - Ranchos de Taos, 60 x 76 in).

-Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM. (My Ethereal World, 60 x 48 in).

-Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ. (Under the Light of the Moon, 30 x 40 in).

-Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, NM. (Cattle Kings of the Pecos, 72 x 96 in).

-The Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX. (Santa Fe Plaza, 36 x 48 in).

 

 Kim Wiggins standing in front of the Denver Art Museum at the Painters and the American West Exhibition, 2000.  His painting,  Merging Cultures on the Santa Fe Plaza , is in the background representing the "Unexpected" in Western art.

Kim Wiggins standing in front of the Denver Art Museum at the Painters and the American West Exhibition, 2000.  His painting, Merging Cultures on the Santa Fe Plaza, is in the background representing the "Unexpected" in Western art.

American Museum of Western Art, Denver, CO.  Courtesy Denver8TV.   

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