Born: Coshocton, Ohio 1895
Died: Coshocton, Ohio 1964
Eastern illustrator of the West, painter
After taking drawing lessons from Arther 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.
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, Good Housekeeping. It was said that Clark made brief trips to the South and West for background material.
Resource: SAMUELS’ Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing