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Robert Riggs

 (1896 - 1970)
Robert Riggs was active/lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois.  Robert Riggs is known for circus, street and sport scenes-lithography and painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Robert Riggs

15 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

Riggs paintings
ECN (01/19/2015)
I purchased a wonderful painting of a construction scene by Riggs. I have not been able to determine whether it was painting for a commercial client. I would be grateful for any suggestions as to sources of information on Riggs. I've tried multiple libraries, museums, and many galleries.
David Milton Lewis (09/21/2011)
On May 6, 1978, I purchased, Chicago, IL, an Oil on Canvas painting 30 x 40" by Riggs, w, custom frame from the Nationwide Art Center(no longer in business), and I am trying to figure out the date it was created the painting is signed in the lower bottom right corner Riggs. The painting had a bio attached on the verso and says: "Riggs.... "After studying in New York and Paris, Riggs has developed a unique abstract expressionist style, characterized by a careful orchestration of vibrant color expressing a private visual poetry. The heavy impasto creates a sensuously sculptural feeling seldom achieved in painting. Riggs has had a one-man shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Paris. The work appears in may galleries and private collections throughout Europe and America. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Rober Riggs
Eric Andersen (09/12/2011)
I was a member of Robert Riggs Indian Dance Group at the Germantown Boys club . We lived in Grumblethorpe , a historical house on the corner of Queen Lane and Germantown Ave. just around the corner from the club . To this day , I have my card from the club , and the key to Riggs apartment . Fond memories of getting painted up , making knives , clubs , dancing , the big show where we went to Atlantic City , shooting pool , putting mouse scalps on toothpicks as our trophies in Riggs " office " , at Riggs apartment : shrunken heads , african shields ,spears , the boa on the railing , upstairs the Legends of The Lenape as Riggs was finishing them off hanging up overhead . I used to watch him work later after he had his leg amputated , still going strong . Anyone that was there then , please contact me. It was a life experiance , and I have many fond memories of that time . Eric T. Andersen . Charlottesville , VA

Found New Discovery A Large Canvas Robert Riggs Painting
L.Walker (05/19/2011)
I have found a Unusual Large painting of Three Aryan Nude Figures two males and a female on ols canvas that is signed Riggs in LR corner. I have No information on its past. After looking at his work, the figures resemble some of the fighters and circus figures in some of his work. This has a label on frame that says "Auschwitz". I have no history of owners of anything about it. Does anyone have any suggestions at who could look at it or verify signature? It has some chips but is very interesting and Auschwitz Aryans in the bude from What I have found in research would be SS officers being chosen for breeding stock for willing women who would go to birthing homes for Aryan race creation or Auschwitz was also where aryan homosexuals lives were spared by retraining in concentration camp. Seems to be important content of Global issues and social contex of the Nazi era. The figures have his distinct distortions of scale and perspective, very Bold with distint mood and tone to faces and overall painting . Might be a tempura. Any suggestions would be appreciated, Seems to unusual of subject matter to disregard due to mysterious past. Looks to be from 40s. Thank you for any signature pros names or anyone who can help. I have seen a few different signatures but know he has many styles. Thanks so much.

visiting Robert Riggs apartment museum
Dennis Madden (01/09/2011)
I also was a member of the boys club and an indian in the shows at the boy's club camp. My father did some handyman work for Riggs at his apartment in Germantown. It was after my dad did the work for R. Riggs that he invitited us to his apartment to see his own two story aptartment museum. the two floor apt. was packed with paintings, drawings, artifacts, etc.

Robert Riggs
Martin Fitzpatrick (11/04/2010)
I was bred and buttered, as they say, in Germantown. The best part of that dismal experience was the Boys' Club. It was there that I learned how to swim, defend myself, and shoot pool; skills that saved my life on numerous occasions and sustain me still. I did my first 'professional' writing there for the Club's newsletter edited rather poorly by John McPhilemy. I was first a camper and later a counselor at Camp Indiandale. I was also a member of the Order of the Wolf, something too convoluted to go into here. The best part of my stay at Indiandale was Mr. Riggs. He was the first artist I ever met, the first expert on Lenni-Lenape lore, culture, and language, indeed the first man I ever met with a true passion for something, and the first of many adults there that formed my life. Men like Riggs, Bud, Mario, Ray, Mark Haskins, among others, first trusted me with responsibility, with the care of children, and allowed me to believe in myself and my own creativity. Without them and without the experiences of Indiandale, I doubt if I should ever have written any books. My best to all of them and to their memories.

Early life of Bob Riggs
Liza Arredondo (05/05/2008)
My Dad, Vaughn Flannery, was a friend of Mr. Riggs, I think, from the Chicago Art Institute days. I need info on why these two artists came east to Philadelphia. Any help is appreciated.

Robert Riggs teacher
Bob Winder (12/31/2007)
Robert Riggs Mr. Riggs was not only a friend to my brother and myself but a teacher also. I learned alot about myself and how to work with others and be part of a team. Being a member of the Boys Club indians was a big part of my life and I can remember many great times there. The strange food Mr riggs would have for us. Remember the chocolate covered ants. How about the rattlesnake meat. I can remember him taking several of us to dinner down the road and the many trips to his home with all that wierd stuff(remember we were early teens). Mr. Riggs will always be a part of my memory. The shoemaker brothers Mark Haskins and many others. That man help many of us keep out of trouble in our youth.

Robert Riggs
Mark Haskins (04/11/2006)
Steve, or anyone else associated with the Indian shows at the Boys' Club, please get in touch. I have a copy of all of the show - at least the ones at Indiandale, and maybe the others. Lots of people are gone - Bud, Ray, and Wilky.

Discovery uncovered 1949 oil painting of Robert Riggs
Timeless Publishing (08/01/2003)
Mr. Riggs enlisted in the Red Cross during World War I as a medic; as a result, Riggs did lithographs of hospital drama. What makes Riggs art unusual, is his uncanny genius to replicate drama and action. Riggs was unusual, he was fascinated with snakes, (maybe influenced by his involvement with the circus); on the other hand, a recent discovery uncoverd, a 1949 signed oil painting by Robert Riggs of an Gigantic Asian Buda Sculpture, painted on a 1/4 in. custom board.

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Steve (08/04/2001)
There are many of us that were influenced by Mr Rigg at The Germantown Boys Club. If any of you see this please get in touch with me if you are interested in some type of reunion. I have always thought the we owed him a tribute of some type. The Boys Club isn't what it was when we were all part of the indian lore group. His memory should be preserved in some visible way.

ribert riggs
Steve (08/04/2001)
Mr Riggs ran away from home and joined the circus which is why he has done so many circus prints. He seldom traveled after settleing in Philadelphia. His style is so inique that if you posted it someone should be able to give you an answer.

robert riggs
Steve Garfinkel (08/04/2001)
I knew Mr.Riggs fairly well from 1951 until his death. He never mentined working on stage productions. His love was indian lore and he worked on elaborate presentations for that, however never with formal background in place.

robert riggs rockerfeller center
valerie (05/22/2001)
Does anyone have information about Robert Riggs drawing stage productions for Rockerfeller Center in the 30s?

Mark Evans (12/25/2000)
Has anyone ever heard of Riggs painting animal scenes in the wild? I have a painting of Lions on the ocean shore.

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