203  Ledoux  Street
Taos, NM  87571
[ 575 ]  751 - 1262  -  email: art@203fineart.com

Come and Stay in our charming Casita 203:

          Bill Gersh (1943-1994)

Born July 15, 1943, in Charleston, South Carolina


Bill Gersh studied painting with Ilya Bolotowskie, Manuel Bromberg and printmaking with Robert Schuler, while earning BA in Art Education at State University of New York at New Paltz.  He was featured in a one man show in the College Gallery resulting in several works being selected for the University’s Permanent Collection. Gersh taught art in public schools while pursuing independent graduate studies in painting and film. He designed and directed mixed-media performances and environmental works and formed a close association with legendary folk artist Clarence Schmidt. Inspired by this relationship, Gersh and as a began his work in found-object assemblage and collage as well as continuing developing his painting.


Gersh established a studio in Oakland, California and concentrated on painting while teaching art to exceptional children. He worked as an art therapist for the mentally ill. During this period, Gersh executed a series of carved assemblages and toys.


Gersh settled in New Mexico. His first studio was in Talpa. This was the year he co-founded the Reality Construction Company, a commune in Arroyo Hondo, building experimental adobe and wood dwellings while working on extensive drawing study incorporating primitive iconography.


Gersh designed and built a home and studio in Lama, New Mexico; resumed painting, sculpture and collage, focusing  on the figure, portraits, and an eclectic interpretation of imagery from diverse cultures.


Engaged in an investigation of Mayan cultures, Greek mythology, Tantric imagery and the painting and fabrication of large scale sculpture relative to these studies.  Performance poetry, book making and teaching various courses dealing with landscape painting, sculpture and printmaking are projects with which the artist was continuously involved.  Gersh spent a lot of time between the art happenings New York and Taos. Traveled as an artist-in-residence and lecturer at numerous universities throughout the United States and spent several months in Switzerland painting for a private collector.  Died May 25, 1994, in Margate, Florida….

Selected works from The Estate of the Artist:

Please select each image to enlarge, Images are not to scale.

"Katch A Horse", acrylic on canvas - 1986/1987
  66" H x 44" W

"Swimmer with Green Goggles", mixed media watercolor on paper - 1980's
  13.75" H x 10 3/8" W

"Ghost Match", momotype - 1984
  13.75" H x 10 3/8" W

"Temple Nights (Pink Lady)", mix media on paper - 1989
  15" H x 12" W

"The Baby Protector", painted wood assemblage - 1989
  38" H x 28" W x 10" D

"Forest Dog", oil & acrylic on canvas - c.1980's
  48" H x 38" W

"The Black Box", painted wood assemblage - c. 1989
  24" H x 11" W x 4" D

"Shaman", mixed media acrylic on canvas - circa 1980's
  60" H x 54" W

"Swimmer with Black Cap", mixed media watercolor on paper - 1980's
  10.25" H x 13.5" W

"Trophy", painted wood assemblage - 1988
  20" H x 10" W x 7.5" D

"Swimmer with Orange Cap", mixed media watercolor on paper - 1980's
  10.25" H x 13.75" W

"Catalonia", acrylic on paper- c. 1987
  29.25" H x 21.5" W

"Untitled A", acrylic on paper- c. 1987
  28.5" H x 21.5" W

"King a la Tu-Tu", mixed media on paper - 1980's
  8" H x 9" W

"Temple Visitation", mixed media momotype - 1986
  18" H x 12" W


EDUCATION            1960-65


State University of New York at New Paltz, NY Studied painting with Ilya Bolotowski and Manuel Bromberg;

printmaking with Robert Schuler





“Gersh: The Taos Years” Traveling Retrospective, Harwood

Museum, Taos, NM and New Mexico State University,

Las Cruces, NM

“I am the Pilot”, Conlon Siegal Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico



“Bill Gersh Memorial Show”, Copeland-Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico



“Rustam’s Chamber’s/ Krazy Kquilts”, Copeland-Rutherford Gallery,

 Santa Fe, New Mexico



“Recent Paintings and Assemblages” Copeland-Rutherford Gallery,

 Santa Fe, New Mexico



“Bill Gersh”, New Directions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

“’VEX’ Assemblages”, Carol Sayre Gallery, Thoreau, New Mexico



“Recent Paintings”, New Gallery, Houston, Texas



“Recent Works”, Donna Rose Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho



“New Paintings and Monotypes”, Gwydion Gallery,LaJolla California.



“The Disappearance of Angels: New Paintings and Sculpture”,

Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico



“Paintings and Assemblages”, New Gallery, Houston, Texas

“Gershworks”, Philip Bareiss Fine Arts, Taos, New Mexico



Wohlert Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

New Gallery, Houston, Texas



“Dog Dreams”, Philip Bareiss Fine Arts, Taos, New Mexico
“Trail Blazers”, Philip Bareiss Fine Arts, Taos, New Mexico