Clark Kelly Price was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1945. From an early age he loved to draw. Even as a child, his artistic work proved it. His parents Rex T. and Kathryn E. Price were the first to recognized and help him harness his talent. He did his college education at Ricks College and tertiary education at Brigham Young University.
His greatest resources in developing his talent came through his deep commitment to the Gospel, his love of the West (both modern and historical), and his life experiences.
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Majority of his early years was spent in a log cabin his parents made in Montana. Covered by nature’s beauty, Clark developed an appreciation for the land, as well as an ability to observe the kinds of details many overlook.
He has been able to convert his observations and experiences into art, hence it made him popular. The subject matter of his work ranges from religious to all things west.
Clark served an LDS mission to Tonga from 1964-66. Being involved in missionary work is what has shaped his whole life.
He states, “I 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, such as burying the dead in icy shallow graves or 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, Seattle, and Star Valley, as well as for the MTC in Provo, Utah.
He has illustrated several books including “Porter Rockwell – A Biography,” and 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. We strive to make his prints readily 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. Clark is also a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
Wife and Kids
Clark and his wife, Irene, raised their family in Star Valley, Wyoming. Their union is blessed with seven children.