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Benton Clark

Western Artist
1895-1964
BP: Coshocton, Ohio

Born in Coshocton, Ohio, Benton Clark became an eastern illustrator of the West in the dramatic tradition of Frederic Remington and especially loved painting horses. He also did murals that are in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio.

Growing up in Coshocton, he had a picturesque rural setting of woods and valleys near the old Ohio Canal. A group of artists were working there, and one of them, Arthur Woelfle, gave Clark his first lessons and encouraged him to seek further training. Later Woelfle said that of all his students Clark was the most talented.

In 1913, he went to New York City to study at the National Academy of Design and in 1915 to Chicago at the Art Institute. He sold magazine cover and calendar illustrations and in 1925, began illustration work for Liberty and Outer's Recreation magazines. He also illustrated for Saturday Evening Post and had a period of working for Metro Goldwyn Mayer's art department in Culver City, California.

Major influences on him were Harvey Dunn, Frank Hoffman, and Frederic Remington, and in 1932, he became a member of the Society of Illustrators.

He shared a studio with his brother, Matt Clark, also a noted illustrator. He died in his hometown of Coshocton, preparing to do a historic mural for his high school.

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After taking drawing lessons from Arthur Woelfle, Benton Clark went to New York City in 1913 to study at the National Academy of Design. About 1915, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, selling some illustrations while still a student. His influences were Harvey Dunn, Frank Hoffman, and Remington. After beginning work in the MGM art department in Culver City, California he moved to Chicago to work for advertising art studios. By 1925, Clark was illustrating for Liberty magazine.

Clark returned to New York City in 1932, shared a studio with his brother Matt Clark, and painted illustrations for the leading magazines, The Saturday Evening Post, McCall’s, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. It was said that Clark made brief trips to the South and West for background material.

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