Painting What Doesn’t Exist: An Afternoon with James Gurney
Saturday, March 13, 1 to 4 p.m.
Award-winning fantasy artist and creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney, explores ways to incorporate detail and imagination into stunningly realistic fantasy settings. At 1 p.m., the artist will discuss the step-by-step techniques that have won him worldwide critical acclaim, followed by hands-on art making and a booksigning of Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist. Free with Museum admission, kids and teens free.
About James Gurney:
James Gurney is the best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series. He has worked on assignment as a National Geographic artist, and illustrated seventeen United States postage stamps, and numerous book covers. An accomplished, award-winning artist, Gurney is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including seven Chesley Awards from the Association of Fantasy Artists, two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention, and Best of Show from the Art Director’s Club. Gurney’s art currently appears in museum exhibitions around the world, including the Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney.
Less than a month from now, the largest-ever Dinotopia art exhibition will appear at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington. The show will be on view from February 6 – May 16, 2010.
Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney includes 60 of the major works from Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time (1992); Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995); and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007), along with a some sketches and maquettes.
Saturday, February 6 will be Dinotopia Family Day with lots of hands-on and family friendly tours. I’ll give a digital lecture called “Fact and Fantasy: The Making of Dinotopia” at 1:00, with a booksigning afterward.
On Sunday, February 7, from 11:00-4:00, I’ll be offering a workshop on water-soluble colored pencils for teens and adults.
There will also be teachers’ workshops, homeschool programs, Saturday craft projects, a spring break art camp, a “Dino Design-O” poster project, and a press preview on February 4. I’ll also be visiting the Delaware College of Art and Design and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia during that second week of February.
The Delaware Art Museum is also the home of the largest display of originals by Howard Pyle, the dean of author/illustrators, and a formidable collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
More on the exhibition and programming at the museum’s official page.
All images and text are copyright 2010 James Gurney
The Museum of American Illustration is proud to announce an exhibit featuring the top fantastic artists from around the world as seen in the annual Spectrum. Created in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner to showcase fantastic-themed art work, Spectrum is now the leading resource for art directors, art buyers, and fans of the genre. Selected pieces are chosen by top jurors in the field and images are produced in the full color book printed annually.
The Spectrum exhibit features a selection of over 120 works from both legendary artists and talented newcomers from the last four annuals. Divided into seven categories, the exhibit showcases multi-media works including original art in both traditional and digital medium, video, 3D, comics and graphic novels. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale and many more. The artwork will be on display from September 1 through October 17, 2009. In conjunction with the exhibit the Society will hold an Opening Reception on Friday, September 11, 2009. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for members, and are limited. A percentage of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
In conjunction with the SPECTRUM exhibit the Society will host ART OUT LOUD. Saturday, September 12 from 1-5pm. James Gurney, Sam Weber, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, and Gregory Manchess will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum. Refreshments included. $10 students, $20 members, $25 non-members.
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to “the promotion of the art of illustration- past, present and future.” It has over 1,000 members worldwide and is headquartered in an 1875 vintage carriage house in New York’s Upper East Side.
Light the Night is a nationwide two- to three-mile evening fundraising walk. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During this highly visible event participants carry illuminated balloons: white for cancer patients and survivors, red for family, friends and supporters, and gold in memoriam. Participants will “Light the Night” as they walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. For more information about Light the Night, visit www.lightthenight.org/nyc
To join the team or donate money, please visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/nyc/Manhattn09/SocietyofIllustrators.
Society of Illustrators Inc, 128 E 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065-7392
author and illustrator
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium
James Gurney is the best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series and creator of more than 70 illustrated book covers. He has worked on assignment as a National Geographic artist and has illustrated 17 U.S. postage stamps. An accomplished, award-winning artist, Gurney is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including seven Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA), two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention, and Best of Show from the Art Director’s Club. Gurney’s art currently appears in museum exhibitions around the world. He lives in the Hudson River Valley in New York with his wife, two sons, and blue parakeet — a living descendant of dinosaurs.
Presented by the Illustration department
Monday, April 6, 2009
Joseph V. Canzani Auditorium
11am to 12:30pm
Free and Open to the Public
Columbus College of Art & Design
107 N. Ninth St.
Columbus, OH 43215