GUY ARTHUR WIGGINS (AMERICAN, b. 1920)
Guy Arthur Wiggins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920. He is part of the renowned Wiggins family of artists: his grandfather, John Carleton Wiggins, and his highly noted father, Guy Carleton Wiggins. His subjects include landscapes, cityscapes, and still lifes.
Wiggins studied under his father and his paintings, especially his New York City winter scenes, emulate his father’s works. He also studied at the Corcoran School of Art, the National Academy of Art, and at the Art Students League of New York from 1968-69. Throughout his career, he belonged to a number of arts organizations, including the National Academy of Art (NA), Salmagundi Club, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art, Lotus Club, National Arts Club, Lyme Association, Kit Kat Club, and New Haven Paint & Clay Club.
He was awarded prizes by the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art in 1916, 1918, 1926, 1931 and 1933. He was also awarded prizes by the Salmagundi Club in 1916 and 1919; by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1917; by the Rhode Island School of Design in 1922; and by the Lotus Club in 1938. Wiggins, along with his grandfather and father, exhibited at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in 1996 and again at Joan Whalen Fine Arts in 1998.
Although Wiggins did not begin to paint professionally full-time until 1976, upon his retirement from the U.S. Foreign Service, his works are found in important private and public collections nationwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Institute Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, the Newark Museum, and Lotus Club.
In addition to his highly sought after paintings, Wiggins has been a noted lecturer at art museums and art clubs nationwide. He is 98.