Friday, August 18, 5:00 – 7:30
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Kim Douglas Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico. His father wasa noted photojournalist traveling the world on assignment for major magazines like Sports Illustrated, Argosy and Look. His mother was a rodeo cowgirl with a love for art.
At age twelve, an art dealer visiting his parent’s ranch discovered his budding talent and soon began marketing his work in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Wiggins began his art career sculpting miniatures of the wildlife around him. At age twelve, an art dealer visiting his parent's 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 hisunique style through guidance from regional masters such as Alexandre Hogue, WilliamLumpkins and Henriette Wyeth.
Wiggins has exhibited with the Other Side of the West; the National Society of American Impressionists; the Autry National Center; the Booth Western Art Museum; the National Museum of Wildlife Art; the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; the C.M. Russell Museum; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Museum of New Mexico; the M. H. DeYoung Memorial Museum; and the Denver Art Museum. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of New Mexico, the Anschutz Collection, the Staples Center, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Roswell Museum & Art Center, and the Autry National Center. His work was recently included in Painters and the American West, an exhibition that traveled from the Denver Art Museum tothe 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 is housed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This collection has been used as the backdrop forTV productions such as NBC's new series, Go On, as well as backstage interviews for Grammy Award winners such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Carrie Underwood.
Wiggins and his wife, Maria, are raising their family of five near Roswell, New Mexico.
Kim Wiggins is represented exclusively by Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico.