Kim Douglas Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico. His father was a noted photojournalist traveling the world on assignment for such major magazines as Argosy, Look, and Sports Illustrated. His mother was a rodeo cowgirl with a love for art. Wiggins began his art career sculpting miniatures of the wildlife around him. At age twelve, an art dealer visiting his parents’ ranch discovered his budding talent and soon began marketing his work in Scottsdale, Arizona. 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 encouraged to pursue his unique style through guidance from such regional masters as Alexandre Hogue, William Lumpkins, and Henriette Wyeth.
During the 1980s Wiggins deliberately leapt from Impressionism to the Expressionist style he is known for today. His painting interests and subject matter are diverse, with a heavy influence from American scene, Modernism, and Hispanic folk art. They range from symbolism to dynamic cityscapes of New York to complex battle scenes of the historic Old West. However, his vibrant landscapes of the Southwest remain his predominant mainstay. His heartfelt passion for the American West and its vanishing way of life is translated through vivid images meant to keep the spirit of the West alive.
Wiggins has exhibited with the Autry Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the C. M. Russell Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the M. H. DeYoung Memorial Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the National Society of American Impressionists, the Other Side of the West, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Anschutz Collection, the Autry Museum of the American West, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the Roswell Museum and Art Center, and the Staples Center. His work was included in Painters and the American West, an exhibition that traveled from the Denver Art Museum to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. A unique collection of Wiggins’s work depicting the history of California has been housed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles since 1999.
Wiggins and his wife, Maria, are raising their family of five near Roswell, New Mexico.
Kim Wiggins is represented by Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Giclée reproductions of his unique work are available through Greenwich Workshop dealers.
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