Kirk Clark was born in McAllen, Texas, to Charles and Dorothy Clark. His parents’ enthusiastic collecting, and involvement in the contemporary art scene, greatly influenced their son. In 1956, as a ten-year-old boy, Kirk began his artistic journey when he created his first oil painting titled “The Lone Cypress.” Clark studied sculpture and drawing in the mid 1960s and graduated from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
His first one-man show could not have been held in a more appropriate setting than in the home state of his collegiate alma mater and the art Mecca of the Southwest at the Zane-Wheeler Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. His show, “The Atomic Jesus” played host to over 700 attendees the opening night. Since then, Clark has enjoyed exhibitions in venues as exciting as Rome and as remote as Matehuala, Mexico.
The variety of mediums he has experimented with are a feast for the eyes and a source of inspiration. Clark’s unique work, ranging from drawings, ornate totemic sculptures, monoprints, and jewelry, have been featured in galleries and universities in Illinois, New Mexico, South Texas, Italy and Mexico captivating collectors. Writing poetry in the ancient Chinese style of Bagua compliments Kirk’s artistic passion. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Clark is not just a creator of art, but an avid collector, researcher, philanthropist and community builder.
Throughout his career as an artist and auto dealer, Kirk has been most generous with the proceeds from his art sales. He has been known to donate 100% of the proceeds to various non-profit organizations and charities both locally and abroad. Proceeds from the sale of the art work and books on this website benefit Trinity Episcopal Church, Pharr Texas.