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CLARK HULINGS Clark Hulings, 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, N.M., where he lived. 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. 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 and donkeys - his trademark. Throughout his career Mr. Hulings maintained a personal profile far lower than his national acclaim. Born in Florida, November 20, 1922, Mr. Hulings was raised in Westfield, N.J. 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 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, S.C. 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 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 Diamond; one sister, Susan Ottinger; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Feb. 6, 2011.
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June 21, 2018
The portrait you painted of my grandmother, when you were young has inspired me to be an artist. Your work is beautiful. RIP
February 18, 2011
Rest in peace Mr. Hulings. Thank you for sharing the beauty that you saw.

My warmest sympathies to the Hulings family, may memories of his love and your life together bring you some small measure of peace and strength.
Charles Daly
February 9, 2011
Mary and Elizabeth,

We are thinking of you at this sad time. God bless. Joe and Harriet
February 8, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. He must have been a wonderful family man, friend, and mentor.
I am so blessed and drawn into each of his paintings whenever I see one. He had such a unique gift. I am thankful he labored so much to master his field.
Jason Cummings
February 8, 2011
Dear Mary - I have just read about Clark and am deeply saddened. My thoughts are with you and your family. Dottie Lindemann Horn
February 8, 2011
To the Family:Having been in the art business for 35 years I was fortunate enough to have known Clark and experience the joy of seeing many of his paintings in person. The art world has suffered a great loss but he leaves many beautiful paintings behind to keep his memory alive. Sincerely, Maryvonne Leshe
Maryvonne Leshe
February 8, 2011
To the Hulings familiy. I am sorry for your loss. I had the opportunuty to spend time with Clark Hulings. I followed his career. He will be missed.
Bob Ragland
Bob Ragland
February 8, 2011
Mary, Elizabeth and family:
My condolences to all of you! I am sure Clark is doing just fine right now. He gave me much guidance and wisdom through his words and especially his art. To me, he was a great example of a humble avatar that gave much beauty to the world. I will celebrate his life!
Blessings, Roger Williams (Santa Fe)
Roger Williams
February 8, 2011
To Mary, Elizabeth and Family, I can easily say that Clark was my best artist friend. For the better part of 30 years he and I went out to lunch together every month or so to talk art, and straiten out the world. I will always remember his great ,dry, sense of humor.He will be greatly missed. Monika and I send our blessings and love to you. God Bless
Monika and Gary Niblett
February 8, 2011
Mrs. Hulings, my condolences to you and your family. Mr. Hulings gave the world much joy and his paintings will be treasured forever.
Mike Kious
February 7, 2011
Dear Mary, Elizabeth, Pat and family,
My thoughts and love are with you all at this difficult time. My heart is heavy at the loss of a great artist and friend. Clark was a great man as well as an inspiration and mentor to me. I was so honored to have known him and given the chance to work with him. I send to you, his dear family, many blessings of healing and peace.
Much love,
Paula and David Weatherbie
Paula Weatherbie
February 7, 2011
"Elizabeth and Mary and all other loved one's, our heart's go out to you all. I was so fortunate to have met Clark at his first N.Y, show in I believe 1968, he was my mother Emma's cousin. Even then being just a young woman I was so very impressed with his talent, may your heart's always be filled with wonderful memories, as with the world of art lover's, they too hold Clark's spirit in their cherished painting's and book's, Clark is so much apart of, with great sympathy, Susan and Joseph Leighton Beeson
Susan Leighton Beeson
February 7, 2011
Elizabeth, my thoughts and sentiments are with you and your loved ones in this difficult time... I send you all the love in the world. Saludos, Gabriel
Gabriel Martinez-Serna
February 7, 2011
Mary and Elizabeth,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have always remembered the good times we shared when I worked for Dr. Harold Wesson and Bill Purdy. I still cherish and hold dear the "good old days". May God Bless.
Rosemary (Posy) Thompson
February 6, 2011
My condolences to the Hulings family on the passing of Mr. Hulings. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but through his paintings he has let me visit places on this earth that I may never get to see for myself. The family, I'm most sure, has many things to feel thankful for from his life, while lovers of his paintings like myself, are very thankful that his father took him to the museums and galleries as a young boy, and that he decided to pickup those brushes and paint.

Craig Shillam
Spokane, Wa.
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