Wes Mills

Wes Mills portrait
Wes Mills in his studio, photographed by Montanna Binder 2023


"I think of Wes Mills as a Western American nomad. He moves every few years...the tools of his trade and a year's stack of finished drawings fit easily into a back pack..perpetually poised to negotiate new opportunities, he is a master of hanging out his shingle in each new location and creating a circle of activity. Within months of his 1991 arrival in Taos, New Mexico, he opened the Barber Shop Gallery. It was the first of two small one-room gallery spaces where he hung the work of other artists with great care and stunning proportion..." 

-MaLin Wilson, Santa Fe 1998

Born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1960, Wes Mills has taken his time finding his own feeling of home as he moves from town to town in the great American West. The artist first moved to Taos, New Mexico, in 1991, where he integrated himself quickly as an artist and gallery owner. However, he left shortly after moving on to California and again to Montana. Having only recently returned to the place where the artist first formed friendships with modern masters such as Agnes Martin, this is Mills’ first Taos gallery representation since the turn of the century. 

While the town of Taos may have noticed the absence of such an innovative and inspirational artist, who also worked hard to support the arts community, Mills’ career continued to flourish. His artwork is featured in galleries, publications, and museums across the United States and Europe. His drawings and prints have found homes in collections such as the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Missoula Art Museum, Montana; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

Partial List of Collections

Museum of Modern Art, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Harwood Museum of Art, NM

Museum of Contemporary Art, CA

Museum of Fine Art, NM

Missoula Art Museum, MT

Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

Selected Exhibitions

Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Art Museum of Missoula, MT

Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM

Galerie Albrecht, Munich, Germany

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL

James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Wes Mills at 203 Fine Art

Please follow the link below to view the online catalogue for the 2023 exhibition drawings by Wes Mills & Marc Baseman, organized by 203 Fine Art.

Wes Mills | Exhibition Catalogue on ISSUU

Selected Works in Our Inventory