Gene Zesch is the real thing. He grew up during the Depression on a hard scrabble central Texas ranch working cattle, shoeing and breaking horses, milking cows and building fence in between riding horseback four miles to school. His experiences with ranching provided the inspiration for his famous carvings which portrayed the witty and rich irony of that life.


Honored by numerous awards and publications, Gene's long and illustrious career distinguishes him as the nation's premiere cowboy woodcarving caricaturist.


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For more information on Gene Zesch artworks, go to the following links:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Booth Collection Pearce Collection
Commercial Bank

Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University

Smithsonian Institution National Archives
Witte Museum Institute of Texan Cultures































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