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Creativity Explored

Gerald Wiggins

Gerald Wiggins (b. 1969) joined the Creativity Explored studio in 1998. Wiggins uses colored pencil, marker, graphite, and watercolor to create portraits and detailed natural iconography. 

About his artistic motivation, Wiggins states, “I am not necessarily trying to say something to people with my art. I’m just trying to make them happy, because there is not enough happiness.” 

Wiggins uses colored pencil, marker, graphite, and watercolor to create portraits and detailed natural iconography. His portraits are precise and use a spare, controlled line and careful coloring to convey the features of a rotating cast of figures. Wiggins’ depictions of animal life are stunningly accomplished, precise renderings of creatures ranging from dinosaurs to birds and sea-life. There is always an uncluttered precision in his work, both in its meticulous draftsmanship and composition. Occasionally, key portions of a figure or natural element are left unfinished, or isolated parts are collected together in a single piece; these techniques add layers of mystery and visual playfulness to his style.

Wiggins’ practice expanded into the third dimension with his ceramic sculpture. Whether a frightening mask of a vampiric character or a fully realized likeness of a modern city dweller, his sculptures display the virtuosity and spirit of his drawings. And how would the artist describe that spirit? He says, “I like the feeling of making something in your head that doesn’t exist, to make it real.” 

In addition to numerous exhibitions at Creativity Explored, Wiggins' work was included in Outsider Artists at the Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA and Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities at the Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA in 2013, and Creativity Explored at Ambach & Rice, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA in 2012. 


Print Bio

Samples of Wiggins' work





Selected Exhibitions

2016
Natural History, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability, SFO Museum , San Francisco Airport Terminal 3 Departures - Level 2 - Post-Security
Tabula Rasa, Creativity Explored , San Francisco, CA

2014
Shoerageous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities, Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA
For the Birds, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2012
Are We There Yet?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
Hands on Clay, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Spectrum, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Santos y Otros Creatures, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
"Science" Fiction, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA