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H David Wright

Birth place or City of origin: Rosine
State of origin: KY
Last known City: Gallatin
Last known State: TN
Start/Birth date: 1942
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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 a 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 a 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 America history. He is drawn to the awakening American frontier and the grand imprints of American history such as the Civil War. He commissioned artistic centerpiece, Gateway to the West- Daniel Boone Leading the Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap, 1775, graces the visitor's center at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky. His paintings are frequently featured in television documentaries, as us he, as historian and and subject expert. Wright is a founding member of the Southern Light Artists of America.

Biography courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum (


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