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.
New Hulings discoveries every week!
Babies & Burritos
“They have the calmness and gentleness of those who fear nothing.” One of the Hulings collectors in our circle just had his first baby. It’s reminding us of the beauty of fresh starts—the innocence of being brand new and still finding your legs. This happens throughout our lives: as we challenge ourselves with new things, […]
“Cowboys have an all-season job that has become iconic as the embodiment of rugged independence and integrity.” Happy New Year! This week we’re visiting Montana in 1978, when winter was winter. In a state that boasts 2.5 head of cattle for each person, ranching has been a way of life since the mid 1850s. It’s […]
“The Percy Faith Music of Christmas orchestral arrangements are very lush, featuring strings, harps, bells, plenty of reverb, and those smooth-as-silk 1950s studio singers.” To all who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas to you! This iconic Hulings album cover is a snapshot of mid-century Christmas, reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell kind of wholesomeness. Interestingly for […]
Fowl Play is Serious Business
“You may have an easier way to get your ingredients home, but with a resurgence of farm-to-table cooking, some of you may be wrestling with the real thing. “ There’s a fair amount of work involved in cooking from scratch, as many of you know. In this 1999 Woman Carrying Roosters drawing, we’re imagining this […]
A Slice of Sicily
“‘La Vucciría’ translates as ‘voices’ or ‘hubbub,’ which we hear as vendors call out their specials and buyers haggle, as they’ve done for centuries.” Busy. If you ask people of any tradition how they’re doing this time of year, they’ll tell you they are busy. Work, family, travel, hosting guests, holiday parties, shopping: it’s one […]
Fall Colors in Connecticut
“Even on a clear fall day in Connecticut there is still a beautiful soft haze in the air that seems to go with lush grass and old walls.” Flying Colors Is it just us, or are we all in need of some sunshine and color as the days get shorter? This 1969 painting is an […]
Paris in the Fall
“Flower markets are signature subject matter for Clark Hulings—the Place des Ternes was a favorite spot.” The romantics love Paris in the springtime, but what’s more beautiful than Paris in the fall? Some of us have already seen snow, and many of us are still enjoying the fallen leaves on the grey sidewalks of city […]
Somewhere Along the Nile
“We know from the watercolors of Turner, Sargent and Flint that the medium can be used to create masterpieces which can stand with pride alongside any oil. And, because of the extraordinary discipline required, it is also excellent training for oil painting. It requires the joint skills of drawing with the brush and planning out a whole picture in advance. What competence I possess as an oil painter I feel I owe to the years I spent working exclusively in watercolor.”
SOLD: Windrush Plantation
Update: this painting had a successful sale at auction in Dallas! Sending our congrats to the new owners. “This is a rare opportunity for collectors to be able to get their hands on a very important Hulings work from the American South.” Windrush Plantation is an important Hulings work from Louisiana. The painting had a particularly […]
SOLD: Pepito on Donkey Leading Donkey
UPDATE: Both of these paintings had successful sales at the Santa Fe Art Auction! Congratulations to the new owner, who is an avid Hulings collector and sure to give these paintings a wonderful new home. “No matter where in the world and what age you are, there are things to get done.” Clark Hulings loved […]
Auction Alert: Two Still Lifes
Hulings’ still lifes are a chance to see him work through technical challenges, and are an absolute must for flower-lovers—not to mention cooks. Two of them are up for auction in Santa Fe Nov 10th.
While many of us can’t claim to have an in-depth understanding of physics, we all know Albert Einstein as an icon, even if it’s only for the instantly-recognizable bushy hair and mustache. There’s something endearing and accessible about a Nobel Prize-winner and one of the great scientific minds of the twentieth century looking like a bit of a character.
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