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Contemporary Art > Joseph Riggs

New Modernism in Southwest - “My artwork takes a contemporary look at the American West from a realistic, unromantic perspective.”


My journey as an artist has taken a multitude of paths as my life has been one adventure after another.  After 40 years as a criminal defense attorney in New Mexico, I began a new life and career as an artist.  I had always painted, and much of my earlier artistic career focused on rodeos and rodeo cowboys.  I retired from the practice of law in 2014, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  In 2015, I had the good fortune to have an artistic life-changing experience.  I spent six weeks in Paris, France experiencing life as a Frenchman.  I walked the streets of Picasso, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, and so many others of the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism period.  And I learned one of the important lessons taught by these Masters. “Paint what inspires you, and, if luck smiles upon you, someone else might love it enough to buy it.”  I determined to follow that path.



Joseph Riggs

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