David Wright is lauded as the premier artist of the American frontier. And his painting certainly depicts the hopes, fears and dreams of the pioneers as they journeyed through the nation’s first doorway to the west.
by David Wright, ca. 2000
“The history of our country has always fascinated me. I paint people in the historical environment – creating an atmosphere, rather than detailing the event itself. In this way, you can see and understand – even feel – that essential moment in history that shows our heroes as they were – as explorers, hunters, trappers, settlers, soldiers, and Indians.”
Born in Rosine, Kentucky and raised in Middle Tennessee, David Wright’s highly acclaimed art uniquely captures the scenic beauty of the area and its rich historical heritage. His depictions of rural country landscapes and memorable moments in American history have earned him countless awards and placements in prestigious museums and private collections.
Professionally trained and with advanced study in Europe, David has been painting for more than 40 years. He now ranks among America’s premier artists, including acknowledgment in Who’s Who in American Art. His scholarship and deep historical sensitivities are evident in his works on the American frontier, America’s Civil War, hunters, settlers, and American Indians.
Following an early career in commercial art, David turned to full-time painting. He was among the original artists associated with Gray Stone Press in Nashville, TN, and it was here where his limited edition collector prints, principally of landscapes, became popular. By 1976 his specialty art on the American frontier began to receive national attention, and by 1978, buoyed by the success of his limited edition prints, he committed himself fully to the fine art of painting.