Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Turnip Cart

One of my paintings from Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara called "Turnip Cart" is currently available for sale at the Daniel Maghen Gallery in Paris.
Thanks, Damian

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dinotopia Arrives Today at the Arkell Art Museum


Dinotopia has arrived at the Arkell Museum of Art in Canajoharie, New York. The exhibition of original artwork "Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney" opens today at 1:00.

At 2:30, I'll be in attendance to give a family lecture on the making of Dinotopia, followed by a booksigning.


The exhibition will feature major works from Dinotopia, The World Beneath, and Journey to Chandara, along with maquettes, preliminary sketches, and plein air works that inspired the fantasy world.


To connect Dinotopia to the tradition of imaginative painting, the Arkell will also exhibit J. Georges Vibert's painting of Gulliver on the Island of Lilliput, which is featured in Imaginative Realism. I'll be visiting a local elementary school on Monday to talk dinosaurs.
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More info on the lecture

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Homecoming" Original Painting to Auction October 26


An original painting of mine called "Homecoming" will be coming up for sale at Heritage Auctions on October 26. I painted it in 1984 for a science fiction paperback novel by John Dalmas about neo-barbarians encountering an advanced civilization.

Although the auction record doesn't mention it, the painting also appeared on page 140-141 of my book Imaginative Realism, where I also shared some of the preliminary sketches. This is a rare chance to own an important original, since they are almost exclusively sold by auction, and that doesn't happen too often.

Here's a video about the entire auction.
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Heritage Auctions October 26

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Hampshire exhibit opens tomorrow


New Hampshire Institute of the Arts opens its Dinotopia exhibition tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20.


The show of 22 original Dinotopia paintings and drawings will be on view in the Amherst building through March 13. The opening is at 5:00. It's free and open to the public.

After the opening I'll give an illustrated lecture about "Worldbuilding: How to Develop a Fantasy Universe." The lecture starts at 6:30 pm and costs $20 to attend. There will be a book signing afterward.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Attic Scene (One Hundred Years Index)


Yesterday Christie's New York auctioned 232 images from National Geographic's art and photo collection, including my oil on canvas "The Attic Scene." It was commissioned by the Geographic for its centennial in 1988. The painting sold for $50,000, twice the high estimate, and more than three times the low estimate.

Washington Post article about the sale (Thanks, Martha)
Previously on GJ: More about the painting and how it was created

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lyman Allyn Museum Show to Open in September


Yesterday a truck picked up the artwork for the Dinotopia 20th anniversary exhibition coming up next month in Connecticut.

This exhibition of 135 works will be by far the largest and most comprehensive showing of my original artwork. It will feature never-before exhibited works from all four Dinotopia books, including, for the first time, Dinotopia: First Flight. 

The curators took a special interest in the creative process, with a detailed examination of preliminary sketches, hand-made maquettes, reference photos, and plein-air studies. Plus there will be a few non-Dinotopia landscape paintings, National Geographic illustrations, and science fiction works.

If you've already seen the Dinotopia exhibitions at the Norton, the Delaware, or the Norman Rockwell art museums, this show will feature a completely different set of work, most of which has never left the studio.

There will be a whole slate of special programs, including book creators Walter Wick and Bruce Degen, presentations on dinosaurs, and an American Girls Tea Party. I'll be doing a presentation and book signing on October 13.

"DINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and Imagination" will be at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut from September 22, 2012 through February 2, 2013.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Allentown Fantasy show opens tomorrow


The museum exhibition "At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic" opens tomorrow at the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The paintings and sculpture encompass the worlds of mythology, fairy tales, dreams, monsters, fantasy, science fiction, adventure, surrealism, and the bizarre. Right: "Beauty and the Beast" by Thomas Blackshear

Organized by Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, founders of IlluxCon, the show includes over 200 works of from 145 artists, roughly 45 of them predating 1940. It's unlikely that a larger or more comprehensive museum show of this kind will ever be assembled in our lifetimes.


There will be a preview party Saturday evening (public invited, tickets still available), and the museum opens for free on Sunday. I have two Dinotopia paintings in the show (visible on end wall), and I'll be attending both days. The show will be on view through September 9.

At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic
Muddy Colors Post with more information