Clark Hulings

Clark Hulings was and is a seminal American painter.
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The Artist and His Legacy

Hulings' work defines a modernist sensibility without departing from the real—without removing all that is recognizable or deluding the audience by escaping into the wholly abstract.

The Modern Realist

Hulings undermined the distraction of class, reminding us that most people don’t move between glamorous towers or drag their knuckles. He showcased the dignity, nobility, and beauty of common people and ordinary things.

One of the Great Discoverers

Hulings insisted the contemporary world could only be fully understood by specific, personal awareness of its inhabitants. Therefore, he was relentlessly devoted to the figure and figurative work. He pursued stunning multinational backdrops replete with the day-to-day realities only visible through the lens of an international nomad.

Challenging an Audience & Status Quo

A relentless experimenter, Hulings exploited modern techniques from the conventions of impressionism and abstract art, bending them with equal ease into the service of an open-ended art of the figure that wouldn’t limit itself to conventional realist boundaries. His compositional "recipes" enabled him to play the sly subversive, literally slipping things under our noses that we might otherwise be too closed to notice.

Advancing the Craft and its Meaning

Clark Hulings assailed our bias toward the “other” by engaging culture through visceral daily reality. An enemy of distraction, he reprimanded modernism’s flight from that challenge and into the purely abstract. He instead produced a continuous documentary of a changing world at the pace of its most common inhabitants.

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Peter Trippi & Libby Whipple on Collectors and Collecting

“I think it’s important to connect back to Clark Hulings’ ideas about relationships. It’s about people; not just about art and objects.”   We were so fortunate to welcome Fine Art Connoisseur Editor-in-Chief Peter Trippi—with his special guest, collector and visual artist Libby Whipple—to our first Evenings with Hulings Virtual Salon Event! In this video, …

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The Pink Serape, by Clark Hulings

Collector Profile: Stephen Zimmerman

“In The Pink Serape, there’s busyness and a focal point. There’s a lot going on: the movement, the energy, the colors. I go back to this painting over and over again, and each time the story unfolds, it’s a little different.”   Indianapolis’ Stephen Zimmerman is an art collector, a St. Louis Cardinals fan, founding …

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El Palmar #3, by Clark Hulings

SOLD: El Palmar #3

“Judging from the other boats lined up on the shore, this boatman may be the last one in tonight—so hopefully, his friends are waiting for him with a well-earned cerveza.”   Today we’re in Southeast Spain in the village of El Palmar, Murica. El Palmar #3 is a 20 x 30″ oil on canvas, and …

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Stone Bridge, by Clark Hulings

SOLD: Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge 8 x 16″ oil on canvas 1987 This wind-swept Hulings gem sold at the Scottsdale Art Auction April 9-10 2021!

Blonde Girl in Sicily

SOLD: Blonde Girl-Sicily

“This little blonde girl, having her mini-adventure, could be the great-great-granddaughter of Normans, Vandals, or Vikings.”   By the early 1970s, Clark Hulings’ subject matter as an easel painter had firmly landed: intricate compositions with traditional but not nostalgic subjects, strongly based in Europe and Mexico. Stateside, at this point, Clark was coming to the …

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Old Lady in Black - Valencia, by Clark Hulings

SOLD: Old Lady in Black – Valencia

“The old lady in black was still there, and I showed her a reproduction of the painting. Big mistake! We spent the next hour going from stall to stall to exhibit her new-found fame.”   It’s been a while since we’ve featured a Hulings market scene, and today, we’re in Valencia, Spain. Many artists explore …

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James D Balestrieri discusses Hulings

James D. Balestrieri: How Do You Write A Book About An Artist?

“Hulings was a working artist whose subject was work.”   In the third part of our Haverford College series, Hulings Estate writer in residence James D. Balestrieri shares his research for the new Clark Hulings book. Jim discusses his thematic approach to Hulings’ life and work, going beyond a traditional biography or monograph, and honoring the …

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Jack A Morris Jr

Jack Morris: Hulings’ Enduring Value

“The experience with Clark and his work has been one of the most exciting aspects of my professional career.” Gallerist Jack A. Morris Jr. is one of the world’s foremost experts on Clark Hulings. In this second video in our Haverford College series, Jack discusses Hulings’ easel painting years. With his dual perspectives on the …

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Clark Hulings Collage

Elizabeth Hulings: Clark’s Formative Years

“When he was six, he came home from first grade with a crayon portrait of his stepmother, Elena. He put it on the table and everybody knew it was her—because he caught her likeness. I think that everybody in that moment said: uh oh. We’ve got an artist on our hands!” We’re proud to bring …

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Street In Naples, by Clark Hulings

Body and Soul

“Street in Naples is no less human for the absence of particular melodrama and tragedy.” Our writer-in-residence James D. Balestrieri is offering us a preview of his chapter Body and Soul. It’s an interesting moment to think about transitions: how Hulings came of age as a painter, and the emergence of his mature themes of …

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Stari, by Clark Hulings

A Bridge Between

In Hulings’ transition from watercolor to oil, there was an era where he would repeat subjects, resulting in paired paintings—so we can now compare the oil and watercolor iterations. As many of you know, there is a major Hulings book project in the works, and our author James D. Balestrieri is researching these doubles.

The Red Swing Set (Brantome), by Clark Hulings

SOLD: The Red Swing Set (Brantôme)

The Red Swing Set (Brantôme) oil on masonite, 24.00 x 48.00″ 1982 was sold at Christie’s NY October 28, 2020 as part of T. Boone Pickens’ Collection. Congratulations to the lucky new owner!

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Sugar Cane Vendor

Limited Edition Giclée

Portuguese Farmyard

Limited Edition Giclée

Cuernavaca Flower Market

Signed Archival Print

Sunday Afternoon

Signed Archival Print

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