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|Kim Wiggins’s 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. Growing up on a ranch in southern New Mexico, by the mid-1970s he was painting in oil and working as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. Although primarily self-taught, he was mentored by such masters as Henriette Wyeth, Alexandre Hogue, and William Lumpkins. In 1983 he was admitted as the youngest member of the Society of American Impressionists. His experimentation with various forms of impressionism, expressionism, magical realism, symbolism, and modernism eventually led to his unique approach.
As a modern innovator, Wiggins’s finest work merges symbolism with the American West. In 2020 Wiggins won the Stories of the West Award for Best Narrative at the Autry’s Masters of the American West. Other awards include the Briscoe Museum’s William B. Travis Award in 2018 and the New Mexico Historical Society’s Heritage Award in 2014. In 2005 his nine-foot tour de force, Lewis & Clark Among the Mandan, was purchased by Jackie Autry for the Autry’s permanent collection. In 2000 at the prestigious Painters and the American West he was honored with People’s Choice Award for his monumental work of the Santa Fe Plaza. This major exhibition documenting the history of the West traveled from the Denver Art Museum to the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
His work is featured in the recent National Geographic book The Old West, and has appeared in or graced the covers of such publications as American Psychologist, Architectural Digest, Art of the West, Cowboy & Indians, Elle Decor, International Artist, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, Western Art Collector, and Wildlife Art. Wiggins is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in the World. His work is in the collections of the American Museum of Western Art, the Anschutz Collection, the Autry Museum, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Museum of New Mexico, Phippen Museum, Roswell Museum & Art Center, and Tulane University. The Staples Center in Los Angeles houses a collection of ten major historical works by Wiggins depicting the history of California, which are often used for backstage interviews for programs such as the Grammy Awards.
Kim Wiggins is represented by Legacy/Manitou Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
You can view Mr. Wiggins's The New West presentation from 2020 Masters of the American West HERE.