Kim Douglas Wiggins’ distinct style and modern vision of the West has made him one of the most recognizable artists in America today. He is acknowledged as one of the creative forerunners behind the current New West Movement and is a prominent speaker encouraging innovation in Western art. Growing up on a ranch in New Mexico, by mid 1970’s, he was painting in oil and working as a graphic artist for Speedhorse magazine. In 1983 he became the youngest member of the Society of American Impressionists (SAI), exhibiting alongside Robert Daughters, Walt Gonske and Sandy Scott. Although primarily self-taught, he was mentored by masters such as Henriette Wyeth, Alexandre Hogue and William Lumpkins. During the 1980’s he experimented with various forms of Impressionism, Expressionism, Magical Realism, Symbolism and Modernism eventually leading to his distinctive approach. His modern vision of the West often places his work alongside celebrated icons of Western Realism as a powerfully, contrasting voice of unique vision. As a modern innovator, his finest work merges symbolism with the American West. Career exhibition highlights include group exhibitions with the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West since 1999.Wiggins has also exhibited with the American Museum of Western Art, Booth Western Art Museum, Briscoe Western Art Museum, C. M. Russell Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Denver Art Museum, M.H. de Young Museum, Museum of New Mexico, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Anschutz Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Joslyn Art Museum, Society of American Impressionists and the Other Side of the West. LA’s Staples Center houses a collection of ten historical paintings of California, often the centerpiece for backstage interviews such as the Grammy Awards. His work has appeared in or dawned the cover of American Psychologist, Architectural Digest, Art of the West, Cowboy & Indians, Elle Decor, International Artist, Southwest Art, Wildlife Art, Western Art & Architecture, Western Art Collector and Wildlife Art.
Awards And Accolades:
The Stories of the West Award, Gold Medal for Best Narrative. Masters of the American West Art Exhibition & Sale, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA. (Fleeing Hell’s Fury - Range Fire, Oil, 48x60).
The William B. Travis Award for Patron’s Choice, Night of Artists, Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX. (The Texians, Oil, 30 x 40).
The Heritage Award, for passionate innovation and contribution to the arts, New Mexico Historical Society, Roswell, NM.
Jackie Autry Special Purchase. Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, Museum of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA. (Lewis & Clark Among the Mandan, 84 x 108).
Patron’s Choice - Most Inspiring to Youth, Painters and the American West, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. (Merging Cultures on the Santa Fe Plaza, oil, 60 x 84).
-Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA. (The Day Josie Chesser Died, 48 x 36, 1999; Lewis & Clark Among the Mandan, 84 x 108, 2004).
-American Museum of Western Art, Denver, CO. (Merging Cultures on the Santa Fe Plaza, 60 x 84, 1997).
-Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA. (Eve of St. Francis - Ranchos de Taos, 60 x 76, 2003).
-Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX. (Fiesta Day on the Santa Fe Plaza, 36 x 48, 2002).
-Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM. (My Ethereal World, 60 x 48, 1992).
-Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ. (Full Moon over Ranchos, 30 x 40, 2003).
-Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, NM. (Cattle Kings of the Pecos,
72 x 96, 2012).
-Staples Center, Los Angles, CA. The California Series, 9 paintings and 1 mural depicting the history of California. (Nighttime in the San Fernando Valley, 48 x 60, 2005; Sunrise in the Vineyards of California, 48 x 60, 2005; One Summer Night in LA, 36 x 48, 2000; City of Angels, 30 x 40, 2000; Life at Figueroa and 11th, 36 x 48, 1991; California Before, 40 x 30; Angelinos in a Promised Land, 36 x 48; The Hills of California, 60 x 48, 1991; Back on the Road Again, 30 x 40, 2000; Visions of Anschutz, Mural, 60 x 84, 2005).
-The Anschutz Collection, Denver, CO. (The Departure of Don Wray, 60 x 84, 1994).
-The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Florida. (Orchard near Tesuque, Oil, 30 x 40, 1992).