“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.
David’s work has gained increasing recognition throughout the country and. He was commissioned to create six paintings for Nashville: The Faces of Two Centuries, which celebrated Nashville’s bicentennial. His painting of an 18th century frontiersman was selected for the poster for the Fine Arts Pavilion at the 1982 World’s Fair. In addition, David’s paintings have been featured in television documentaries and as covers and illustrations for numerous books and magazines. An avid historian, he has written scholarly articles for various publications, as well as contributing chapters in some well-known books on the American frontier.
David appeared on television as an historical consultant in Boone & Crockett: The Hunter-Heroes, which has aired numerous times since 2001 on the History Channel. He was recently named as Art Director for Native Suns Productions’ high definition, award -winning film Daniel Boone and the Westward Movement for the Cumberland Gap National Park. More recently, he provided art direction for the Native Sun Productions History Channel film: First Invasion – The War of 1812, for which he received a Prime Time Emmy nomination. His portrait of Confederate boy hero, Sam Davis hangs in the Sam Davis Boyhood Home Museum in Smyrna, TN. He has also completed a signature painting of Martin’s Station for the Wilderness Road State Park Visitors’ Center at Ewing, VA.
Wright’s internationally recognized works hang in numerous collections, as well as in the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA, and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. David’s commissioned painting for Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, titled Gateway to the West – Daniel Boone Leading The Settlers Through The Cumberland Gap, 1775 has been made into a breathtaking wall-size mural that is on display at the Cumberland Gap Visitor’s Center.