This painting captures a compelling, if horrific,
scene where young people have been kidnapped by Native Americans
and are being transported to a fateful location. "This is a painting,"
said Wright, "that is very meaningful to me. It describes a scene
that unfortunately often beset settlers during the westward expansion
of our country. The conclusion is left to the viewer, but it is
ominous. The painting is also one of my personal favorites. As history,
the story I tried to depict is dramatic and arresting, as symbolism,
it presents a range of involving elements, and as technique, it
fulfilled my rigorous objectives. I've tried to draw the viewer
into the subject matter in a compelling and lasting way."
In Indianapolis, at the Eiteljorg Museum of American
Indians and Western Art 2008 Quest for the West art show, "The Captives"
garnered two significant awards: "The Victor Higgins Work of Distinction
for Best Individual Work, and the "Patron's Choice Award." Mr. Wright
was the only artist who was honored with two awards.