Who Was Clark Hulings
Clark’s ability to see beauty in daily human gestures and activities won him the appellation “master” on numerous occasions. His celebration of textures as expressed through light, shadow, and atmosphere “describes the air itself,” according to the Christian Science Monitor. His range of subject matter was astonishing, “No one does as many things as well,” proclaimed Southwest Art. His modesty in the face of such acclaim was legendary. Throughout his career he maintained a personal profile far lower than his national reputation.
Donkeys were a favorite subject for Clark, “Burros are not sophisticated or graceful, but they have a dignity about them. They are strong, intelligent, hardy, loyal and determined. If left to their own devices and their own pace, they will serve well.”
Hulings’ subject matter was gathered throughout North America and Europe, notably France, Italy, and Spain, where he lived as a child and frequently visited as an adult. Among his signature subjects are complex Mexican and European market scenes that include panoplies of colors, surfaces, and shapes. His affection for donkeys was a trademark, with the animal’s quiet demeanors becoming a metaphor of human patience and perseverance.
Clark Hulings (1922-2011) was born in Florida and raised in New Jersey. Over his lifetime, he resided in New York, Louisiana, and throughout Europe before settling in Santa Fe in 1972. His art training began as a teenager with Sigismund Ivanowsky and the famed draftsman George Bridgman and continued at The Art Students League with Frank Reilly. With a degree in physics from Haverford College, Pa., Hulings pursued an initial career as a portraitist in Louisiana, followed by freelance illustration in New York, notably paperback book covers, during the 1950s.
By the early 1960s, Hulings devoted himself to easel paintings. In 1965 he debuted in New York, N.Y., at The Grand Central Art Galleries. In 1976 he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, OK., which was documented in the book Hulings—A Collection of Oil Paintings (Lowell Press), followed in 1978 by a retrospective at the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, and a 1981 exhibition at the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT. Hulings’ work was the subject of one-man exhibitions in 1999 at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, and in 2007 at J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York, and Morris & Whiteside Galleries, Hilton Head, S.C. In 2011 The Forbes Galleries, NY mounted a Hulings show with examples of work from every decade of his career.
In 1986, Hulings authored the book A Gallery of Paintings by Clark Hulings (White Burro Publishing). The book was updated and reissued in soft cover in 2006. His paintings have been included in countless articles and surveys such as The Majesty of the Grand Canyon: 150 Years of Art (Pomegranate Press) and Landscapes of New Mexico: Paintings of the Land of Enchantment (Fresco Fine Art Publishing).
Hulings was the recipient of several awards from organizations such as The Allied Artists of America, The Salmagundi Club and The Hudson Valley Art Association. In 1973 he received the Prix de West award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, where his painting Grand Canyon, Kaibab Trail is in the permanent collection. In his adopted state, Hulings was recognized with his first one-man show in 1945 at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe. In 1985, the museum installed a Hulings plaque on its artist walk of fame; and in 2004, he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Salmagundi Club Lifetime Membership, 2007
New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts of Painting, 2004
Red Smith Artists’ Choice Award, National Wildlife Museum, 1990
“Outstanding Santa Fe Artist” commemorative plaque placed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1985
Gold medal, “Distinguished Contributions to American Art,” National Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1976
Silver Medal, Watercolor, National Academy of Western Art (NAWA), 1976
Gold medal, Oils, NAWA, 1975
Silver medal, Oils, NAWA, 1974
Gold medal, Royal Western Watercolor show, 1974
Prix de West, first NAWA show/sale, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1973
Silver medal, The Council of American Artists, Hudson Valley Art Association, 1967
Gold medal, Allied Artists of America, 1967
Silver medal, Lever House, 1964
The Forbes Galleries, New York, NY, 2011
J.N. Bartfield, New York, NY and Morris & Whiteside Galleries, Hilton Head, SC, 2007
Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, NM, 1999
Retrospective, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, 1978
National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma, OK, 1976
The Lafayette Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, 1973
Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, NY, 1965 & 1967
Baton Rouge Country Club, LA, 1963
NarBil Gallery, Tulsa, OK, 1961
Junior League, Tulsa, OK, 1947
Louisiana Arts Commission, Louisiana State Capital, Baton Rouge, LA, 1946
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1945
The Century Club, New York, NY, 2004
Hubbard Museum, Ruidoso Downs, NM, 1991, 1992
Artists of America, Denver Rotary Club, Denver, CO, 1980-1987
Western Heritage Sale, Houston, TX, 1980-1982
Royal Western Watercolor show, Oklahoma City, OK, 1974
OS Ranch Benefit Art Show, Post, TX, 1973
NAWA, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK, 1973-1979
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 1970
Hudson Valley Art Association, White Plains, NY, 1967
Allied Artists of America, National Academy, New York, NY 1967-1971
The Council of American Artists, New York, NY, 1966
Lever House, New York, NY, 1964
Timeless Beauty: Pursuing Life’s Textures, Clark Hulings, White Burro Publishing
with Morris & Whiteside Galleries and J.N. Bartfield Galleries, 2007
A Gallery of Paintings by Clark Hulings, Clark Hulings, White Burro Publishing,
Santa Fe, NM, 1986 Revised second edition, 2006
New Mexico Landscapes, Suzan Campbell and Suzanne Deats, Fresco Fine Art Publications,
Santa Fe, NM 2006
The Majesty of the Grand Canyon: 150 Years in Art, Joni L. Kinsey, Pomegranate Press, 2004
Hulings, 1999, Clark Hulings, Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, NM, 1999
A Decade of Clark Hulings, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, 1978
A Collection of Oil Paintings by Clark Hulings, Clark Hulings, Lowell Press, 1976
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Clark Hulings’ Archives Unveiled to the Public, Honoring the Legacy of the Renowned American Artist
Extensive array of paintings, drawings, ephemera, historical insights, and resources showcases the breadth and depth of Hulings’ captivating artwork and influence.
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – September 15, 2016 – Revered for capturing the essence of ancestral homelands. Championed for technical brilliance. Respected for his profound impact on American art since the 1970’s. This is Clark Hulings (1922-2011): award-winning realist painter. For the first time, The Hulings Estate is making available its extensive catalogue, documentation and information about the artist’s art and career, for the benefit of his collectors, dealers, curators and legions of fans.
Hulings was a global artist who captured the heart and soul of everyday people and their lives, from the Grand Canyon to Oaxacan villages, to Parisian traffic circles. Among his signature subjects are complex architectural scenes and vibrant outdoor markets boasting their arrays of colors, surfaces, and shapes. His affection for donkeys became a trademark, with the animal’s quiet demeanor of loyalty and toughness serving as a metaphor for human patience and perseverance.
Hulings’ wife, Mary, and daughter, Elizabeth, have dedicated countless hours to organizing the artist’s material, ranging from sales records and provenance, to personal journals and letters, to images of the artist and his works in context, to historical data and ephemera. Now they are sharing this treasure trove of information through a robust new online platform, and offering direct support in licensing, authentication, appraisals, and sales advisory services.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to secure our help,” says Elizabeth. “If you need to do something with a Hulings painting, why not tap our extensive knowledge—all the research, the materials we have at our disposal? Our team has spent 40 years researching, caring for and selling Clark Hulings’ work. We’re in the best position to assist you.”
The enhanced, vibrant Clark Hulings website takes viewers on a journey of Hulings as an artist and a man of his time; why he painted the works he did; and why his paintings mattered. It is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn about, acquire, or do something with a work by Clark Hulings. The site showcases pieces from throughout his 60-year career, one can register to receive information about original work, and there’s a store with giclées, prints, and catalogues for those who are not in the market for an original, but would like to own a Hulings in some form.
In addition, Elizabeth will create a new post every week featuring a different painting, with information that hasn’t been published on the web before. These posts will include Clark Hulings’ writings—what he had to say about various paintings—and she will add her own history to it. And sometimes, the blog will work the other way. It will be an image of something that she wants to learn more about. “The Clark Hulings site is also a resource for me,” said Elizabeth. “I hope that people will share information with me, too, so I can continue to expand the archive.”
With the unveiling of Clark Hulings’ archives, his wife and daughter honor his legacy and continue to solidify his position in the canon of American artists. “It is my responsibility to do everything I can to ensure that my father is recognized long-term as a master American painter. I’m pursuing museum retrospectives, actively participating in the marketplace, and serving as a resource to collectors, dealers, aficionados and people who inherited a painting from Aunt Sally that they did not even know she had, and do not know what to do with,” said Elizabeth. “We’ll help them figure it out.”
For more information, visit http://clarkhulings.com.
Clark's Lasting Significance
Clark is revered for his technique and venerated for capturing the essence of ancestral homelands. His compositions and subjects are widely emulated, and he is recognized for his enormous impact on American realists, and especially Western artists, since the 1970’s.
Mission of the Clark Hulings Estate
The Estate exists to support Clark Hulings' place in the canon of American master painters, and to support collectors, auction houses, galleries, dealers, and museums by providing a central resource for information, licensing, reproductions, and sales support.