Friday, May 27, 2011

Bonhams 20th Century Illustration Auction

Bonhams has announced that an important Dinotopia painting by James Gurney will be included in its June auction of 20th century Illustration Art (Gurney's piece is at lower right, above).

"Festival Day," illustration for Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (Kansas City, Mo: Andrews McNeel Pub, 2007).
Oil on 100% rag illustration board. Signed lower left.
Matted and framed.
27.5 x 44.5cm (10 13/16 x 17 1/2in).

This major painting for the bestseller Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara is the first to be auctioned in the United States. It was part of a traveling exhibition that toured the U.S., the U.K., France and Switzerland. It depicts an outdoor festival in the village of Jorotongo on the lost continent of Dinotopia. Children play lawn bowling and circle games, singers belt out madrigals near an Einiosaurus, and a Stegosaurus awaits a game of "bucktail," where he tosses teenagers into haystacks from his spike tail. To the left, a banquet is held for the adults. Many people from Gurney's small town in the Hudson Valley joined in to pose for this scene, and Gurney based the vegetation and architecture on the islands in the South Pacific.

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, (Andrews McMeel, Kansas City, USA, 2007, page 132.)
Dinotopia: Un Voyage À Chandara Fleurus, (Paris, 2008).
In addition, the work has been published in Bulgarian, Estonian, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, and Romanian editions of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara.

3 November to 27 January, 2008. Return to Dinotopia. Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
4 October to 8 March, 2009. “Retour à Dinotopia.” Maison d’Ailleurs, Musée de la science-fiction, de l’utopie et des voyages extraordinaires, Yverdon-les-Baines, Switzerland.
22 May to October, 2008. “Journey to Dinotopia.” Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
28 October to 1 November, 2008. “Utopiales Festival.” Cité Internationale des Congrès, Nantes Métropole.

Link to Bonhams Lot Detail
Sold for US$10,980 inclusive of buyer's premium, a record sale price for a Dinotopia painting.

Current Group Exhibition: "Our Towns"

Mill Street Loft has opened the group exhibition called “Our Towns: the Cities and Towns of the Hudson Valley.” Nearly 30 artists in various media are participating. The juror was M. Stephen Doherty of Plein Air magazine. 

"Blockbuster" (upper left) was awarded third prize overall by Mr. Doherty.

Of Gurney's four oil paintings in the show, three are plein air pieces (all but the one in the upper right). All are NFS or already in private collections.

James Gurney will be doing a gallery talk on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00pm. The exhibition will be up through July 15, 2011. For more information, call 845.471.7477 or visit Mill Street Loft's website.

Arthur and the Telescope

Artist: James Gurney, Born 1958
Title: Arthur and Telescope
Size: Art: 16 x 19.5 cm; Board: 30.5 x 30.5 cm.
Medium: Oil paint
Surface: Heavy weight acid-free illustration board
Signed: Lower left.
Date: 2006
Publication History: Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, (USA)
(Dinotopia: Un Voyage À Chandara) Fleurus, Paris,
2007, page 1.
Sells for €4500.00 ( US$6416.00)