Waterfall City: Afternoon Light, by James Gurney. Illustration for Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist. 33" x 61" 2001 James Gurney. All rights reserved.
SM&NC Members Preview & Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 6:30 - 8 pm. RSVP by February 10 to rsvp@stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521

This fascinating exhibition features 59 original oil paintings from the The New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007) by James Gurney. The fantastical art of contemporary artist, James Gurney, was inspired by a childhood fascination with archaeology, dinosaurs, lost civilizations, and art. His big break as an illustrator came from National Geographic magazine with a series of challenging assignments working with scientists and historians to recreate ancient worlds; a project that inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

Also included are the artist's preliminary studies, reference photos, and handmade scale-models. For fossil fans and dinosaur devotees, a variety of specimens from the Paleontology Collection of the Stamford Museum will also be exhibited.

Did you know dinosaurs once walked across Connecticut? Come see the exhibition for rock-solid proof!

Convoy Surrounded, by James Gurney. Illustration for Dinotopia: The World Beneath, Oil on board. Collection of the artist. 22" x 35" 1995 James Gurney. All rights reserved.

The artist, James Gurney.

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