Clark Hobart Biography

Clark Hobart




Clark Hobart (1868-1948) was a painter and printmaker. There is some confusion as to his place of birth; reference books indicate that he was born in Rockford, Illinois while his death record states that he was born in Seattle, Washington. Nevertheless, his childhood was spent in California. He was a pupil of John A. Stanton and Giuseppe Cadenasso at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco and received private instruction from William Keith. Hobart went to New York to continue his schooling at the Art Students League and followed that with three years in studying in Paris.

Upon his return to the U.S. at the beginning of the century, he worked in New York City as an art editor for the Burr-McIntosh magazine. He moved West in 1911 settling for a few years in the coastal town of Monterey. Hobart's color monotypes were shown at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition winning much critical acclaim and a silver medal. In 1916, he moved to San Francisco and that same year the Oakland Art Museum, during its inaugural exhibition, devoted a room to Hobart's monotypes. He was a vital part of the Bay Area arts community, holding memberships in and exhibiting with the San Francisco Art Association, the Society of California Etchers and the Bohemian Club.

Hobart's fame was national and he won numerous awards for his work and was included in shows at the Del Monte Art Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the New York Architectural League. He is represented in the collection of the Oakland Museum, the de Young Memorial Museum, the Mills College Art Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art.

Clark Hobart died in Napa, California on February 23, 1948.