20 Aug H David Wright
Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists. Meet Quest for the West Artist H. David Wright.
H. David Wright
Born 1942, in Rosine, Kentucky; lives in Gallatin, Tennessee
Bent’s Fort Arrival
2015, oil on panel, 30 x 22 inches
Bent’s Fort in present day Colorado was a gathering place during the western fur trade in the second quarter of the 19th century. Trappers, traders, and Indians flocked there to exchange their goods for supplies. My painting depicts a trapper as he might have looked after arrival at the post while camped outside the adobe fort. He displays fresh beaver plews still stretched on willow hoops. Once dry they will be traded for needed supplies.
IF ONE WORD epitomizes the work of H. David Wright, it is “authentic.” David Wright has been ever drawn to artistically depicting the American frontier and the grand imprints of American history such as the Civil War. Always set in studied landscapes that capture the fullness of topographic beauty and the richness of the local milieu, his paintings unfailingly reflect a love for country, history, and nature.
Impeccable research and insightful realization are hallmarks of his paintings. While his forty plus years of painting include European and American training, it is in his studio and field research that his paintings become as distinctive as they are informative.
Born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee, Wright’s art captures the scenic beauty of the region while chronicling memorable episodes in American history. He is drawn to the awakening American frontier and the grand imprints of American history such as the Civil War. His commissioned artistic centerpiece, Gateway to the West—Daniel Boone Leading the Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap, 1775, graces the visitor’s center at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, in Kentucky. His paintings are frequently featured in television documentaries, as is he, as historian and subject expert. Wright is a founding member of the Southern Light Artists of America.
Notable awards and achievements:
2008 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Work of Distinction Award
2008 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2007 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
2005 Nominated for an EMMY for art direction, History Channel’s First Invasion—The War of 1812
Southern Light Artists of America
Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania