Ron Wigginton, Landscape Master

Ron Wigginton’s Moon-Viewing Platform, 1999-2001

I could try to write about my friend and long-ago instructor (Cornish School}Ron Wigginton, painter and eminent landscape architect, but I would not be able to improve upon this biographical entry at Wikipedia. The following is an excerpt from that page:

Painting and Sculpture

  • Mountains Into Rivers (detail), by Ron Wigginton, 1976-1981

    During the 1970s, Wigginton taught painting and sculpture at Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle. Paintings and sculptures from this period and afterward are held in numerous private and public collections, including the Oakland Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery in Portland, Oregon, the Center for Folk Art and Contemporary Crafts in San Francisco, the Rainier Bank Collection in Seattle, and the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington.

    Reviewing Source of Power, a 1981 exhibit at the Quint Gallery in La Jolla, California, Robert McDonald wrote in Artweek that the series consisted of “twelve works combining painting and sculpture,” all “visual metaphors for physical and spiritual power, for nature and man. . . . The paintings are abstract landscapes, skyscapes, or simply atmospheres. The sculptural forms . . . represent both man-made, architectural forms . . . and natural, topographic features, such as mountains and oceans. Installed at eye level, the pieces are small worlds for exploration.”[3] Elise Miller, reviewing Source of Power in the Los Angeles Times, noted that “the multifaceted process and sheer beauty of Wigginton’s art work are immediately intriguing” and that the “pieces reward on many levels. The more time taken, the more they are understood.” Thematically, Miller observed the focus on “power over death, power to create, spiritual power, and power as energy, from land, sun, water, wind, the atom.” But “rather than define sources” of this power, Miller wrote, “Wigginton seeks to expose human concepts about sources, as if he were a compassionate observer of all time and space, sitting on the edge of the universe.”[4]

    Land Studio

  • Ron Wigginton
  • Profiles in Landscape Architecture
  • Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley
  • Museum of Northwest Art
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute

Landscape Architect, Sculptor and Painter Ron Wigginton in His Mountain Studio with Daughter Sophia, Who also Paints (Click Here for Article)Ron Wigginton, as I remember Him at Cornish Scool of Allied Arts, 1970s