Portraiture is at the centre of my painting practice. Each portrait offers me the opportunity to develop further as a painter. It is a unique blend of my own vision and that of the clients. There are always fresh ideas to explore, formally through composition, light, colour and drawing, but also in the quest for likeness and character.
I will generally work from life, but will undertake work from photographic material too. I work in oils on canvas or gesso panels and create portraits, landscapes and still lives. I tend to work traditionally with a range of brushes, palette knives, fingers and rags. The techniques I employ are varied and I like to have several pieces on the go. I often begin with quick sketches from life in oil or drawing in chalk or pencil. A commissioned portrait can be anything from a 3 or 4 hour study to a 3 or 4 month undertaking.
Date of Birth: 29 March 1972.
1999 RA Diploma in Painting ROYAL ACADEMY SCHOOLS.
1994 BA Hons Fine Art, First Class FALMOUTH SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN.
2004 - continuing Visiting tutor at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Dorset.
2006 Elected member Royal Society Portrait Painters.
2007/8 RP council member and RP archivist.
2007 University of Wales Purchase Prize (Print Originals, Mall Galleries).
2006 BP Travel Award (NPG),
Changing Faces Prize (RP).
2005 Prince of Wales Drawing Prize (RP).
Oct - Nov 2008 Wessex Land, Wessex People, Dorset County Museum, Dorset.
Sept 2008 20/21 Art Fair RCA (represented by Long & Ryle), London.
May - June 2008 Two Portrait Painters, St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Hants.
2004/5/6/7/8 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London.
2003/4/6/7 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.
2007 Print Originals, Mall Galleries, London.
2003/4/5/7 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
Oct 2007 Bulldog Trust RP Self Portrait, Temple Place, London.
Aug 2007 Figure This, Mall Galleries, London.
2006 Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition.
‘Toby Wiggins', Fiona Robinson, Evolver magazine, Nov 2008In the Portrait Studio, Simon Jennings, Faceparts, 2008, Michaell Beazley ISBN978 1 84533 413 0
‘I could’ve been a contender…’, Phil Hogan, The Observer (Arts review), 8 June 2008
‘The Truthful Eye’, Stephen Swann, Dorset Magazine, Mar 2008, p.52-5
‘Reopening the windows to the souls’, Iain Gale, Scotland on Sunday (Arts review), 20 Jan 2008,
‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, Ben Machell, Saturday Times Magazine, 9 June 2007, p.32-7Farm Radio, www.farmradio.org.uk, Sept 2007
A serialisation of toby Wiggins audio recordings Annette Ratuszniak (ed), Mary Spencer Watson: Sculpture, Sept 2004, p.165