Guy Wiggins at Joan Whalen Fine Art N.Y.

Guy A. Wiggins with his painting «Stars and Stripes over Fifth Avenue» 2004.

The exhibition “Guy A. Wiggins Recollections – Growing Up Among American Impressionists” beginning Saturday, May 14 will take place at Joan Whalen Fine Art gallery, New York City.

The exhibition features works by all three generations of Wigginses – (John) Carleton Wiggins (1848-1932), Guy C. Wiggins (1883-1962) and Guy A. Wiggins (born 1920) as well as works by some other American Impressionists who visited the Guy Wiggins Art School.

The program of the event includes two free lectures by Guy A. Wiggins, one on Saturday, May 14 at 11 am and the other on Saturday, May 21, also at 11 am in which Mr. Wiggins will share youthful memories of many important artists of the day including Bruce Crane, John Sloan, Ernest Lawson and of course of his father prominent American Impressionist Guy C. Wiggins (1883-1962).

Guy A. Wiggins’s grandfather, (John) Carleton Wiggins, the founder of the artistic dynasty, was born in Harriman, N.Y., in 1848 and grew up in Brooklyn. Known for his Barbizon style of painting, he was one of the founders of Old Lyme Art Academy.

Guy A. Wiggins’s father, Guy Carleton Wiggins, was born in Brooklyn in 1883 and mastered watercolor techniques by the age of 9. He received early training from his father, studied architecture and drawing at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and then studied painting at the National Academy. Guy C. Wiggins sold his first painting when he was only 18 years old. The youngest American artist to have one of his works purchased by the Metropolitan Museum for its permanent collection, within a few years, major museums and private collectors across the country were buying his paintings.

Guy Arthur Wiggins was born in Lyme, Conn., in 1920. The youngest of three children, Guy was always sketching and cartooning from earliest childhood. When Guy was 8 his mother Dorothy Stuart, urged his father to establish an art school. She turned their Connecticut house into a center for the students. The Guy Wiggins Art School became a beacon not only for students but also for visiting artists, some of whom made the journey from as far west as Chicago, coming by rail or driving on two-lane roads all the way. The school flourished for some six years.

Guy Arthur graduated from the Loomis School in Windsor, Conn. After that he worked as a riveter at the Lockheed plant in L.A. He volunteered for the armed forces in 1942 and served in the Southwest Pacific and in the Occupation of Japan. In 1948, he returned home to complete his education, obtaining his BA and two advanced degrees.

After serving in the White House as a staffer and in Indonesia with the Mutual Security Agency, Guy entered into the Foreign Service, working both in the State Department and abroad. In 1959, he married Dorothy Palmer, by whom he has had two children.

In 1975, Guy retired from the US Mission to the United Nations, and devoted himself entirely to painting. He enrolled at The Art Students League and studied at The National Academy of Design. In 1977, Guy took his family abroad and painted in France and Italy before returning home to New York City. He later painted in Morocco, Portugal and Turkey.

In 1979 Guy A. Wiggins’s work was exhibited to critical acclaim in “The Three Generations of Wiggins” exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Conn. The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, N.J., The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., and the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, have acquired his paintings.

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