Clark Hulings (1922-2011) was born in Florida and raised in New Jersey. He resided in New York, Louisiana, and throughout Europe before settling in Santa Fe, NM in 1972. His art training began as a teenager with Sigismund Ivanowsky and George Bridgman. It continued at The Art Students League with Frank Reilly. Hulings pursued an initial career as a portraitist in Louisiana, followed by freelance illustration in New York, notably paperback book covers.
By the early 1960s, Hulings devoted himself to easel paintings. In 1965 he debuted at The Grand Central Art Galleries, NY. In 1976 he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, 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. Hulings was given one-man exhibitions in 1999 at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, and in 2007 at J.N. Bartfield Galleries, NY, and Morris & Whiteside Galleries, Hilton Head. In 2011 The Forbes Galleries, NY mounted a Hulings show with examples of work from every decade of his career.
In 1986, 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).
Hulings received awards from organizations such as The Allied Artists of America, The Salmagundi Club and The Hudson Valley Art Association. In 1973 he won the Prix de West at NAWA, where his painting Grand Canyon, Kaibab Trail is in the permanent collection. In 1985, the New Mexico Museum of Art installed a Hulings plaque on its artist walk of fame; in 2004, he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.