Stephen Wiggins grew up in Lexington, Kentucky where, according to his mom, he started drawing from the tender young age of two and hasn’t stopped since. He attended Berea college for three years and transferred to the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2002 and finally graduated in 2005 from the with a BA in Art Studio. He has shown his work in and around the Central Kentucky area. He was accepted into the Bluegrass Printmaker’s Cooperative in 2006 where he focused mainly on linocut and monotype printmaking skills. Stephen's work mainly focuses in painting with acrylics and printmaking including and not limited to: silkscreen, linocut, monotype, stone lithography and etching. He also dabbles in staple drawing using staples as a drawing medium. In the meantime he has done commissioned work for Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky, Southland Christian Church, Children’s Cancer Association in Portland, Oregon and the Not for sale organization. Stephen has shown his work in many solo and group shows as close by as Frankfort and as far away as New York and even places like Gresham and Sherwood, Oregon. Stephen continues to produce and show his artwork wherever people allow him and believes that art is his passion and a way to express himself. The materials he chooses to use and the way he uses them is a way of processing his own painful experiences and transforming them into ones that he can learn from and to grow.
Artist's Statement In my work I focus strongly on the abstract interpretation of thoughts and feelings, but not so much in a way that alienates the audience, but invites them in and allows them to ask questions. A dialogue is created so that the people that view the work can understand more about me, the artist and how art can be used to process pain. My pieces always leave me very vulnerable as I leave everyone on the canvas, paper or whatever medium is presented. The colors I choose are bright, vivid, and lifelike. These color choices invite people in and create a dialogue between the artist and the audience. The bright color choices also represent the transformation of a negative experience into a positive one. The marks I choose to make reflect an therapeutic, meditative and soothing focus that helps to calm my mind.
My concentration lies mainly in acrylic and oil paintings, silkscreen, lino-cut, monotype and stone lithography prints. I have also been able to expand into the mixed media concentration with staple drawings. My work over the years shows growth and the main purpose behind that is to inspire my audience and to let them know that you are created to create and that in that process we can have a dialogue that invites and not isolates.