Clark Hulings "Spanish Shawl" Professionally Framed S/N Fine Art Litho w/ COA 29

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Clark Hulings "Spanish Shawl" Professionally Framed S/N Fine Art Litho w/ COA 29/999

This is a sold out Limited Ed that comes with a certificate of authenticity

Southwest Art Magazine wrote of Hulings work, “His mastery of drawing, design, texture, gesture and atmosphere is unsurpassed. He paints street scenes, portraits, still lifes, animals, landscapes and nudes with equal panache. No one does as many things as well.” I have yet to see anyone render snow the way Hulings could do it.

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.

Even then it is easy to see his talent for composition and as one absorbs his work, especially his market and village scenes for which he is famous, the technical proficiency his work displays, his excellent craftsmanship, lifts his work out of mere social commentary or ordinary landscape painting into a higher realm, something both real and spiritually uplifting. He had something of the same quality I admire in Andrew Wyeth’s work. His work feels timeless. Many of his paintings have figures, working, going about their day but he could also imply the figure, much like Wyeth could do. He would paint clothes lines, even though his gallery director told him that nobody wants that in their living room. In his own defense, he says in his book, “Clothes lines symbolize the twin virtues of cleanliness and industry. I like the clothesline because, like a tarpaulin, it makes very useful compositional foil. A line of clothes is like a light in the window. It says somebody is home.” Taken from the Huffington Post.