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Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney

Studio photo of James Gurney. Courtesy of James Gurney. ©2010 James Gurney. All rights reserved.

Studio photo of James Gurney. Courtesy of James Gurney. ©2010 James Gurney. All rights reserved.


Norton Museum of Art

June 5–September 5, 2010

From the soothing, restorative environment of Waterfall City to the hidden wonders of Chandara, acclaimed author and illustrator James Gurney’s magical world of Dinotopia comes to life in an exhibition that features over fifty original oil paintings from the best-selling illustrated books Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) and presents fascinating examples of the illustrator’s creative process, including preliminary studies, reference photos, and handmade scale models.

Dinotopia, an extraordinary place where humans and dinosaurs live in harmony, fuses fantasy with realism and scientific accuracy. The series also spawned a successful television miniseries.

During his early career Gurney’s art appeared on the covers of science fiction and fantasy novels, but his big break as an illustrator came from National Geographic in the form of a series of challenging assignments that involved working with scientists and historians to re-create ancient worlds. Gurney’s secret dream was to discover a lost city as significant as Troy or Machu Picchu and so, in his spare time, he painted Waterfall City and Dinosaur Parade, which inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

“Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney” (June 5 - September 5, 2010)

Norton Museum of Art, 1451 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 / www.norton.org

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