Managing an Artist’s Legacy

The Clark Hulings Estate took steps to preserve the legacy of an American painting icon.


"Boy Leading Water Burro" by Clark Hulings

“Boy Leading Water Burro” by Clark Hulings


What happens when a beloved artist dies? They won’t be producing any more work, and without planning, knowledge and appreciation of the artist, their art and historical significance could slip into obscurity. An understanding of the value of their art on the secondary market could also suffer.

The family of well-loved American artist Clark Hulings (1922-2011) wanted to secure his legacy and rightful place in the art world. Setting up a foundation to honor his impact as an artist and a savvy businessman was a way of benefitting artists through an art business program and grant funding.


"Las Ramblas" by artist Clark Hulings

“Las Ramblas” by artist Clark Hulings


But their most recent move benefits collectors and art lovers who appreciate his appealing, traditional portfolio. They unveiled a new website which contains complete archives of his work. This allows collectors to verify ownership of an authentic Hulings painting, acquire a Certificate of Authenticity, learn about the provenance of a particular painting, receive an appraisal, or even purchase a reproduction.

This type of proactive approach toward managing a legacy simplifies collecting, and shares information from a trusted source.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to secure our help,” says Elizabeth Hulings, daughter of the artist and director of the Clark Hulings Fund. “If you need to do something with a Hulings painting, why not tap our extensive knowledge? Our team has spent 40 years researching, caring for and selling Clark Hulings’ work. We’re in the best position to assist you.”


Artist Clark Hulings in his studio.

Artist Clark Hulings in his studio.


With the unveiling of the archives, his family continues to honor his legacy and solidify his position in the canon of American artists. “It is my responsibility to ensure that my father is recognized long-term in the canon of master American painters. I’m pursuing museum retrospectives, actively participating in the marketplace, and serving as a resource to collectors, dealers, curators, and aficionados,” said Elizabeth.

“When someone calls about a painting inherited from his Aunt Sally that he didn’t even know she had, and doesn’t know what to do with, I help him figure it out,” she added. “That’s my job.”



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