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Kim Wiggins

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State of origin: NM
Last known City: Roswell
Last known State: NM
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Kim Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico and began his art career sculpting miniatures of the wildlife around him. At age twelve, an art dealer discovered his budding talent and began marketing his work in Scottsdale, Arizona. By the time Wiggins was fourteen, he was painting in oils and working nights and weekends as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. Primarily self-taught, he was encouraged to persue his unique style by such regional masters as Alexandre Hogue, William Lumpkins and Henriette Wyeth.

In Wiggins current work Prairie Fire deer, wolves, jackrabbits, coyotes and red foxes all run alongside a massive horde if buffalo fleeing a wildfire. The greater fear of smaller creatures was being trampled by the bison. Often sparked by lightning wildfires could devastate hundreds of miles of grassland. Ironically, the next spring's rains would turn the scorched prairie into a superior grazing area as fresh grass replenished the burnt areas.

Wiggins has exhibited with the National Society of American Impressionist, the Other Side of the West, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Museum of New Mexico, the M. H De Young 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 Arena, the Booth Western Art Museum and the Autry National Center. His work appears in several books and was recently included in Painters and the American West, an exhibition that traveled from the Denver Art Museum to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Wiggins and his wife, Maria are raising their family near Roswell, New Mexico. Kim Wiggins is represented by Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bio from Autry National Center

 

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