Wesley Rusnell (1934 - 2023)

"Rough Sketch-Head", c. 1960s<br>13 1/2 x 15", oil on masonite


Wesley Rusnell was born in 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended San Francisco State University and had his first solo show at Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books in San Francisco before moving to Taos, New Mexico in 1963.

During the late 1960s, the artist painted a series of colorful nudes for which he became well-known. In 1973, he was accepted as Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, New Mexico's one-year-long AiR program. His residence was successful and the artist went on to become the curator of the Roswell Museum and Art Center from 1976-2006.

Wesley Rusnell joined his late partner Beth's heavenly side in April of 2023, passing peacefully in Taos, NM. Wesley's legacy remains as a treasured, kind-hearted artist of the Taos Moderns group.

Schools of Study

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Partial List of Collections

Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM

Selected Awards

New Mexico Associaton of Museums, Hewett Award
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, 1973

Selected Exhibitions

Bone Springs Art Space, Roswell, NM 2019
Stables Gallery, Taos, NM 2018
City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA

Wesley Rusnell at 203 Fine Art

The following exhibition catalogues, published by 203 Fine Art, feature works by Wesley Rusnell. Please follow the links to view the catalogues on Issuu.

Taos Moderns in Santa Fe | 2019

Taos Moderns Return to The Stables Gallery | 2018

Taos Moderns: Bridging the Gap | 2015

Selected Works in Our Inventory