A.P. Wigle, American (1885-1963)
Archibald Palmer Wigle was Born Essex, Canada, in 1881. Arriving in the United States in September of 1898, he was employed by the Detroit Museum of Art from 1900 until 1905. Impressionistic in style, Wigle is known for his landscape, still life, and marine paintings. Working in studios in various places within the city of Detroit, a frequent resident of Indian Village, and having exhibited pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts, he was an active member of the artistic community. While there is little documentation regarding any aspect of Wigle’s life or career, the fruits of his labor abound. Holding various jobs, including positions as a clerk, chauffeur, and salesman, he simultaneously cultivated his artist craft throughout the early 20th Century. In 1913 he exhibited “Early Autumn” with the Hopkin Club at the DIA, and in 1916 he became a member of the new Camera Club of Detroit. He was a member of the Founder’s Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts and exhibited works in the annual Michigan Art Show for over 23 years. A multitude of his works can be found in any number of collectors’ homes in the Detroit area. From his depictions of recognizable buildings in Detroit, to his romantic treatment of landscapes, the paintings of A.P. Wigle continue to be prized pieces of anyone’s collection.
A.P. Wigle died in Detroit, Michigan, in 1963.
A.P. Wigle (1885-1963). Oil on board, titled "Sailing Lake Michigan". Signed "A. Palmer Wigle" lower left. Image 20 1/4 x 16 1/4" high, in artist attributed frame measures 28 1/4 x 24 1/4" overall. $525.00