Kim Douglas Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico immersed in the Hispanic culture. His mother was a rodeo cowgirl with a love for art. His father was an art dealer, writer, and noted photojournalist traveling the world on assignment for major magazines like Argosy, Look, and Sports Illustrated. This afforded the young Wiggins the opportunity to meet such artists as American Scene painters Thomas Hart Benton, Alexandre Hogue, and Peter Hurd and the Early American Modernists Georgia O’Keeffe and William Lumpkins. By the time Wiggins was fourteen, he was painting in oil and working nights and weekends as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. Although primarily self-taught, he was hand-picked to study art under Henriette Wyeth at the Santa Fe Art Institute and mentored by masters such as Wyeth, Hogue, and Lumpkins.
During the 1980s Wiggins deliberately leapt from Impressionism to the Modernist style he is known for today. Without question, Wiggins’s unique vision and signature style have set his work apart for years, propelling him toward the top of the contemporary Western art market. As a collector recently stated, “You can walk into a museum full of art and recognize a Wiggins painting all the way across the room.”
This is Wiggins’s twentieth year at Masters, and his monumental work, Lewis & Clark Among the Mandan, is in the permanent collections of the Autry Museum. Other works are in the collections of the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Museum of New Mexico, the American Museum of Western Art, the Anschutz Collection, Tulane University, Booth Western Art Museum, and Roswell Museum & Art Center. In 2014 Wiggins received the Heritage Award from the New Mexico Historical Society.
His work is featured in the recent National Geographic book The Old West, and has appeared in or graced the covers of American Psychologist, Architectural Digest, Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Elle Decor, International Artist, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, Western Art Collector, and Wildlife Art.
Wiggins resides in New Mexico with his wife, Maria.
Kim Wiggins is represented by Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Special events with Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and Settlers West Galleries Inc., Tucson, Arizona.
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