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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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!

Altea #1 - Street Repairs, by Clark Hulings

Altea #1 – Street Repairs

“In any case, the two are now on their way again, going about their business as we all do after a setback…”

The Melon Stand, by Clark Hulings

Of Tarps & Work

“I must confess to an undying gratitude for tarpaulins. To the vendors who use them, they are protection from the glare and heat of the sun. To me, they are excellent ploys to be used in composing pictures.”—Clark Hulings   We’re delighted to introduce you to our writer-in-residence, James D. Balestrieri, who is working on …

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Ten Below-Taos, New Mexico, by Clark Hulings

SOLD: Ten Below-Taos, New Mexico

“At the first sign of snow in the forecast, he’d be excited to be out, gathering source material.” If you’re in one of the many places in the world experiencing a summer heatwave, you may enjoy the chance to dive into a snow scene. The people in the New Mexican High Desert of Taos, however, …

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Fleurs de la Madeleine-Sketch, by Clark Hulings

SOLD: Fleurs de la Madeleine-Sketch

Clark Hulings’ “Fleurs de la Madeleine-Sketch” is a rare chance to see a masterful artist’s agile mind at work: making decisions, playing, finding ways to engage the viewer’s eye: it’s available at Freeman’s Art Auction.

Old Lady in Black - Valencia, by Clark Hulings

AUCTION ALERT: 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 multiple …

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Bayou Fisherwoman, by Clark Hulings

SOLD: Bayou Fisherwoman

“There is no State in the Union, hardly any spot of like size on the globe, where the man [sic] of color has lived so intensely, made so much progress, been of such historical importance.” —Alice Dunbar-Nelson Louisiana was Clark Hulings’ family home for many years. In his own words from A Gallery of Paintings: …

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Featured Reproductions

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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

Clark Hulings Press

Persistently relevant to our time.


Artsy Shark

March 14, 2017

Fine Art Connoisseur

September 29, 2016
Old Town

Antiques and the Arts Weekly

August 15, 2016
Kaleidoscope by Clark Hulings

Artfix Daily

November 8, 2015
estimated at $80,000 to $120,000, sold for $112,125

The Island Packet

October 15, 2015
Jackson Hole Art Auction

Artfix Daily

August 26, 2015

Star Tribune

August 3, 2015
Clark Hulings in Huffington Post

Huffington Post

June 2, 2014
Clark Hulings - a hard act

Fine Art Connoisseur

January 1, 2014
Boy on Burro - Pepito by Clark Hulings

Art of the West

September 2, 2013
Arizona Circa 1900


February 10, 2012
Kaibab-Trail-Winter by Clark Hulings

Cash Art Blog

February 2, 2012
Landscape no.2 (Horses before the storm) , 1973

Dallas Art News

October 18, 2011
Collecting Clark Hulings Art Work

Village Voice

June 16, 2011
Onteniente by Clark Hulings

Art Times

May 2, 2011
Girl Watering Her Burro, by Clark Hulings

Plein Air Painting

April 2, 2011

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