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The Enduring Legacy of Clark Hulings

We were recently featured on The Huffington Post’s website in a piece written by artist Brandon Kralik. What a honor!

Clark Hulings was an American master painter who was said to be able to describe air itself with paint. Surviving, even thriving, as a realist painter throughout the second half of the 20th century was no easy feat but Hulings had the talent and dedication, and, thanks to a successful career in illustration, he had the financial resources to pursue fine art painting full time, and to become one of the true greats of 20th century representational painting. His work continues to reach new audiences through books of his work and through the Clark Hulings Fund for burgeoning visual artists, which I will come back to.

Hulings lived in Santa Fe New Mexico but was fond of traveling. He had a way of capturing something that transcends region or culture. He painted the calm beauty of a Sunday afternoon, whether in a Mexican market, a Tuscan landscape, or in the rolling Irish hills. His work was international in scope as he saw compassion and self-respect among people everywhere. Hulings was an optimist and it paid off for him. In urban alleyways he envisioned sunlit corridors of family activity. Among rustic farmers he discovered people whose lives were synchronized with the cycles of the seasons and the animals they care for.

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AvatarElizabeth Hulings
Elizabeth Hulings is the Executive Director of the Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists, and a principal of the business-strategy consulting firm Counterpoise, where she has worked with startups, nonprofits large and small, multi-national corporations, and sole proprietors--including artists of all stripes. Before launching Counterpoise in 2001, Elizabeth lived through five Fortune-500 mergers at the predecessors of Citigroup, Cendant, and Verizon Communications. She also honed her skills at several nonprofit organizations including the International Development Exchange, The Management Center/Opportunity Knocks, and Human Rights Watch.

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  1. Avatarbob palevitz says

    hi elizabeth, your dad and i used to draw together at spring studio, in nyc when he got to town. i would stare at his drawing and he would stare at mine, finally we introduced ourselves. he was young at heart.

    • AvatarElizabeth Hulings says

      Bob, my Father always talked about that. He loved The Spring Street Studio, which is now on Broome St. and called Spring Studio Soho Kudos to Minerva for maintaining such a great place for life drawing. Thanks also to you, for being his buddy there. He always looked forward to coming to New York and drawing, both there and at The Art Student’s League. He also loved to wander the streets and see whatever he saw. I hope you are still drawing at Spring Studio, Bob.

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