Artist of the moment….Robert Riggs…painters of boxers

Robert Riggs was one of the best painters of the figure best renown for his works of featuring boxers.  Riggs was one of few African American artists that had a huge following for his illustration work. Riggs was born in Decatur, Illinois in 1896. For his collegiate studies Riggs attended Millikin University. He then went on to study at the Art Students League of New York City.

Among his favorite genres were the circus, boxing matches, and hospitals.

Served in World War I and this gave him information and inspiration to share his visual experiences of the war.

Whilst in France Riggs attended the Academie Julien.

After the war Riggs was able to find plenty of jobs as a freelance illustrator. A world renown printmaker Riggs specialized in works dealing with large groups of people and include people with a degree of emotional expression.

Elected as a member of the National Academy of Design.

Was part of teaching faculty at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Robert Riggs passed away in 1970 at the age of 74 years of age.

Price range information: Many prints can be found between $1,000 and $5,000. Originals can be found between $5,000 and $50,000.

As an African American painter its great to see an artist finally attacking the art of boxing. Some other great painters of the boxing scene include George Bellows. In this clip we visit boxers as painted through the eyes of George Bellows.

Another great painter of the boxers would be Steve Huston. Below a great example of his style. Huston enjoys working with the figure and even uses sand paper to give his paintings a great surface quality.

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