Born in Missoula, Montana, Allan Clark became a sculptor whose figure work reflected his world-wide travels, especially in the Orient where from 1924 to 1927, he studied in China, Korea and Japan. Clark was also a student at Puget Sound College in Tacoma, Washington; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. Clark was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, as well as the National Sculpture Society. He begun work as a sculptor in 1917 in New York City working in stone and terra cotta while teaching at the Beaux - Arts Institute of Design. After his exposure to Oriental techniques, he did woodcarving in that manner.
Clark was also a member of the Fogg Museum expedition to explore cave chapels near Turkestan. From this adventure, he did 20 drawings in color. In 1930, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and sculpted Indian Heads whose titles include "Maria of Cochiti" and Klah-Navaho Medicine Man."