A Corner in the Potting Shed
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Kaibab Trail, winter
Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Clark Hulings lived in Spain, New York, Louisiana, and throughout Europe before settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the early 1970s. His art training began as a teenager with Sigismund Ivanowsky and George Bridgman, and concluded at the Art Students League with Frank Reilly.
With a degree in physics from Haverford College, Pennsylvania, Hulings complemented his intellectual knowledge with emotional observations made during painting trips throughout the Western hemisphere. After initial careers in portraiture and illustration, he devoted himself to easel painting, and for the past forty years his art has been eagerly sought after by collectors, museums and corporations.
Hulings’ paintings have been accorded well-deserved awards by organizations such as The Allied Artists of America, The Hudson Valley Art Association and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. His work has been the subject of countless articles, reviews and two books, Hulings—A Collection of Paintings (Lowell Press, 1976) and A Gallery of Paintings by Clark Hulings (White Burro Publishing, 1986).
HULINGS--Clark, an Artist who Pursued Timeless Beauty, Dies at Age 88. Clark Hulings, whose paintings are prized by art collectors worldwide, died on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, in Santa Fe, NM, where he lived. He was 88. As one of the leading American realist painters, Mr. Hulings traveled the world looking for rural and urban landscapes and genre scenes that became the subjects of paintings reflecting the vibrancy of the human spirit.
Admired for his genius in manipulating the formal elements, he searched for beauty in places where others might only find misery: In the world of street people he saw compassion and self-respect. In urban alleyways he envisioned sunlit corridors of family activity. Among rustic farmers he discovered people whose lives were synchronized with cycles of the seasons and the animals they care for. Mr. Hulings' ability to see timeless beauty in momentary human gestures and activities won him the appellation "master" on numerous occasions. His celebration of textures as expressed through light, shadow, and atmosphere was explained as "describing air itself."
His modesty in the face of such acclaim was legendary. Throughout his career he maintained a personal profile far lower than his national acclaim. Mr. 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.
Born in Florida, November 20, 1922, Mr. Hulings was raised in Westfield, NJ. 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 fames 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, Mr. 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. Most recently, Mr. Hulings' work was the subject of a 2007 one-man exhibition at J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York, and Morris & Whiteside Galleries, Hilton Head, SC. His scheduled exhibition of paintings at the Forbes Galleries, New York, takes place March 23 through June 18, 2011.
In 1986, Mr. 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).
He is 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Hulings is survived by his wife Mary Belfi Hulings, daughter Elizabeth Hulings Diamond, son-in-law Patrick Diamond, grandson Nicolas and sister Susan Ottinger.
In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted at the Santa Fe Community Foundation for the Clark Hulings' Memorial Fund, 516 Alto St., Santa Fe, NM 87501, www.santafecf.org. The fund will provide support for visual artists
Art Students League, New York, NY
2007, Clark Hulings Timeless Beauty: - Pursuing Life's Textures, White Burro Pub., 84 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2006, Clark Hulings Hulings: - A Gallery of Paintings, White Burro Pub., 181 pages (color)
1999, Clark Hulings Hulings, Nedra Matteucci Galleries (color), Exhibition Catalog
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
The Council of American Artists’ Award
The Allied Artists of America gold medal
Prix de West
Cowboy Hall of Fame trustees' Gold Medal
Morris & Whiteside Galleries
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"Clark Hulings is the consummate gentleman artist whose paintings reflect his sense of decorum. the rich detail distinguishing his art ensures that every one of his shows sells out to an avid audience." - Art & Antiques, Collectors Sourcebook 2007.
"Clark Hulings is simply a great landscape painter, his ambition and eye for composition reminiscent of Corot, thought his precise application of paint and his studied representation of light sends one even further back for comparison, perhaps to the Flemish Masters" - Thomas Munro, Durango Herald
"A Gallery of Painting By Clark Hulings" is a critically important and strongly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library American Art History reference collections and reading lists." - Midwest Book Review
"A Santa Fe Artist in Touch with the World" - Fine Art Connoisseur.