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 Kim Douglas (K, Douglas) Wiggins  (1960 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Mexico      Known for: vertiginous landscape and still life painting

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Kim Douglas Wiggins
from Auction House Records.
Shooting Star, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, VII:
Ribbons of color, bulbous clouds, anthropomorphic mountains, sinewy trees and distorted houses populate the expressionistic canvases of New Mexico artist K. Douglas (Kim) Wiggins. Whether taking inspiration from literary passages or personal experiences Wiggins’ art possesses a distinct otherworldly quality that resonates with every viewer.

In 1989, Wiggins deliberately leapt from an impressionistic style to the dynamic, dramatic Expressionist style for which he is known today. Concerned foremost with composition, Wiggins carefully plans out the placement and elements to each painting. Seeking to depict the spiritual essence a subject has, Wiggins charges objects with individual power. By using a rich palette and unrestricted form, a pastoral scene is instantly profound with seemingly mundane elements communicating much more to each viewer.

Landscapes of the expressive New Mexico terrain surrounding his Roswell studio cover most of his canvases. Bold colors ripple through his scenes with seemingly ordinary hills vibrating with energy and trees quivering under the intensity Wiggins bestows upon them. On occasion, Wiggins translates his approach to cityscapes. Sighing and shuddering skyscrapers collapse together in his urban settings.

Born in 1959 and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, Wiggins’ talent was nurtured in his youth; his father, Walt Wiggins was a noted photojournalist, author and art dealer. In addition to his immediate family, artists and family friends Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth took a personal interest in the budding artist’s work. Wiggins has described an exchange with Wyeth as completely changing his outlook on art. Wyeth once judged a state art show at which Wiggins took first place. She took the young man aside and gave him a critique, encouraging him to study and paint from life, to move out of the studio and into the ranchlands and other surroundings with his canvases.

Altermann Galleries has proudly represented Kim Wiggins for over a decade, holding numerous one-person shows for the artist and including his art in its annual exhibitions: the Collectors Sale, Renaissance Sale, Holiday Showcase and American Art Classic. Wiggins has been invited for the last two years to participate in the Masters of the American West exhibition at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles.

Wiggins’ art is housed in numerous important collections, including the Anshutz Collection, Four Sixes Ranch, and the Museum of New Mexico. Wiggins is currently being presented in a group show titled “The Other Side of the West”, commencing at Arizona’s Desert Caballeros Western Museum as a two-year traveling tour. Featured articles about the artist have appeared in Pasatiempo, Focus Santa Fe, Fine Art, Cowboys & Indians and Southwest Art. His work is also included in the books Art of the American West published by Quarry and Painters of the American West published by the Denver Art Museum.

Biography from a third party submitted on 11/12/2008:
Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, K. (Kim) Douglas Wiggins’ talent was nurtured in his youth; his father, Walt Wiggins, was a noted photojournalist, author and art dealer.  Before embarking on his artistic career, however, Wiggins served six years with the Army Corps of Engineers and went to college on the G.I. Bill, attending Eastern New Mexico University and the Independent Baptist College in Dallas, Texas.

Wiggins later sold fine art for his father while painting at night.  He credits Henriette Wyeth, his teacher at the Fine Art Institute in Santa Fe, as being the influence that encouraged him to develop his unique style.  Both Wyeth and her husband, Peter Hurd, took a personal interest in Wiggins’ work.  In fact, before becoming his teacher, Wyeth once judged a state art show at which Wiggins took first place.  She took the young man aside and gave him a critique, encouraging him to study and paint from life, to move out of the studio and into the ranchlands and other surroundings with his canvases, an exchange that completely changed his outlook on art.

In 1989, Wiggins deliberately leapt from an impressionistic style to the dynamic, dramatic expressionist style for which he is known today, populating his canvases with ribbons of color, bulbous clouds, anthropomorphic mountains, sinewy trees and distorted houses.  Concerned foremost with composition, Wiggins carefully plans out the placement and elements to each painting, seeking to depict the spiritual essence of his subject.

Wiggins has exhibited in the Masters of the American West Show held at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and the National Society of American Impressionists in St. Louis, Missouri.

His art is housed in numerous collections, including the Anshutz Collection in Denver, Colorado, the Four Sixes Ranch, the Staples Arena in Los Angeles, California and the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. In 2006, Wiggins is being honored with an exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center in Roswell, New Mexico. He is among the youngest artists listed in Who’s Who in American Art.

He has been featured in magazines such as Pasatiempo, Focus Santa Fe, Fine Art, Cowboys & Indians and Southwest Art.  Wiggins’ work is also included in Art of the American West and Painters of the American West.

Biography from Meyer Gallery Scottsdale:
The bold, brilliant and heavily impastoed paintings of Kim Douglas Wiggins (b. 1960, living in New Mexico) have been eagerly acquired by private collectors, corporations and museums for almost two decades. Yet his oeuvre continues to unfold like a time-lapse film of flowers, undulating with the same energy that he packs into each composition.

From deep roots his native New Mexico through the influence of three years in Europe and the inspiration of Thomas Hart Benton and the American Realist School, Wiggins has distilled to the very, nectar of his environment in canvases that capture the warmth and texture of subjects that are a part of his soul. His only formal instruction came through a master's class with his neighbor Henrietta Wyeth, and Wiggins often cites the influences of Wyeth's husband, Peter Hurd when discussing sources of influence on his work.

In the final analysis, however, Wiggins’ images of dynamic landscapes, energized cities and animated still-lifes are highly personal, and the people and objects that occupy the fantasy land of his art are most often very much a part of his real world.

Among the youngest artists listed in Who's Who in American Art and Wiggins has been the subject of feature articles in Focus/Santa Fe 1990, International Fine Art Collector and Southwest Art, March 1991. His work is also included in Artists of the American West, by Quarry Press; Painters and the American West, by Yale (Press, and the monograph, K. Douglas Wiggins: A Sense of Place; A Sense of Spirit. He has exhibited with the National Society of American Impressionists, St Louis, Missouri, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe. New Mexico; M. H. DeYoung Museum San Francisco, California and regular participant at the Masters of the American West show at the Autery Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM; The Anschutz Collection of Denver, CO; The Staples Arena, Los Angeles, CA; and many others. His work is currently on display in the Painters of the American West exhibition, which will be traveling from the Denver Art Museum to The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The San Jose Art Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago over the next two years.

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