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Clark Kelley Price
Clark was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1945. As a child he loved to draw and even his earliest artistic efforts told stories. His parents Rex T. and Kathryn E. Price recognized his talent and encouraged him to use it. He received his formal education at Ricks College and Brigham Young University, however his deep commitment to the Gospel, his love of the West - - both modern and historical - - and his life experiences have been his greatest resources in developing his talent.
He spent his early years living in a log cabin that his parents had built in Montana. Surrounded by nature, Clark developed an appreciation for the land, as well as an ability to observe the kinds of details that many overlook. He has been able to call upon matter of his observations and experiences to create the art for which he has become known. The subject matter of his work ranges from religious to old west.
Clark served an LDS mission to Tonga from 1964-66. Missionary work has continued to be a vital part of his life. He states that he "would not sit down and start painting without asking the Lord to help me, for He is the one who gave me the talent." He is committed to using his talent to help build up God's kingdom. Stories from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and church history have become more vivid and personal through his art. The spiritual impact of his religious paintings makes his work outstanding. As an example, he is a direct descendant of members of the Martin Handcart company and has profound personal feelings for their hardships. His depiction of such pioneer experiences as burying the dead in icy shallow graves and of having angels assist during time of trial deeply impacts those who view his artwork.
He has painted full-time since 1973. The Ensign Magazine often uses his art. He has done paintings for the LDS Temple in Tonga, Samoa, and Seattle, as well as for the MTC in Provo, Utah. He has illustrated several books including PORTER ROCKWELL, A BIOGRAPHY as has illustrated the covers for books by John H. Groberg, a member of the Quorum of Seventy. He has won awards from the Church International Art contests and International Poster contests. Many individuals have original Price paintings. Prints have recently been made available.
Clark is well-known in the Western art world. His art is compared to that of master Western artists and is highly sought after. Each painting tells a unique story. These works are found in private collections throughout the USA and abroad. His western art has earned him awards from the ARTS FOR THE PARKS program as well as from the Wyoming Historical Society.
He and his wife, Irene, reside in Star Valley, Wyoming. They are parents of seven children.