Working in the space between minimalist and maximalist impulses, Wiggins art combines the best of both to make images that are as contradictory as they are compelling. Equally inspired by the classicism of Hard Edge painting, the accessibility of computer graphics, and the punch of Pop Art, his particular aesthetic has its origins in a process of sampling different motifs and then remixing imagery by working in series. In this way Wiggins is able to draw upon the visual beats and syncopated rhythms of geometric art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while producing paintings that give us something entirely new and of the contemporary moment.
Based on the play of visual point and counterpoint, Wiggins work challenges our notions about the boundaries between computational design and personal style. A polymath of the graphic idiom, his artworks express both an insistency on specific choices and wide variety of compositional commitments. Clean lines, colorful curves, and interlocking shapes all collide on his canvases to produce a sense of visual opulence that is seldomly matched by other artists working in the same genre. In this way, Wiggins art gives us a sense of visual impact and immediacy that is a rare accomplishment in the discourse about the intersection of art and design today.
Bio: Grant Wiggins has been exhibited in the Arizona Biennial five times, as well the TCA Biennial at Tempe Center for the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and in galleries throughout the United States. He has licensed his work to Milan fashion house Jil Sander, as well as home furnishings retailer CB2. Wiggins’ work has been showcased in Acrylic Innovation: Styles and Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists by North Light books and numerous exhibition catalogs. He has been written about in the Dwell, Phoenix Home & Garden, JAVA Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, Scottsdale Republic,Tucson Weekly, and many other publications. He studied art history while earning a bachelor’s in English literature from Kenyon College and a master’s in English literature from Northwestern University. He also holds a master’s in business administration from Arizona State University.