James Gurney

James Gurney

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June 14, 1958



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Born June 14, 1958 in Glendale, California. Raised in Palo Alto, the youngest of five children of Joanna and Robert Gurney (a mechanical engineer). Earned a B.A. in Anthropology in 1979 with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of California at Berkeley. Studied painting at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,California, where he met his wife Jeanette. In 1984 they moved to the Hudson Valley of New York State, where they raised two sons, Daniel and Franklin.

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Students at the French academies didn't get a whole lot of instruction from the teachers. Most of the masters came into the drawing and painting classes once a week at most, and sometimes their feedback was brief and enigmatic.
Illustration from An Art Student's Reminiscences of Paris in the Eighties
John Lavery (1856-1941), A Scottish art student who spent three winters under William Bouguereau... Read more of this blog post »
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Dinotopia: A Land Apart fro...
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Imaginative Realism: How to...
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Dinotopia: The World Beneath
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Color and Light: A Guide fo...
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Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara
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Dinotopia: First Flight
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James Gurney's Dinotopia Po...
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Artist's Guide to Sketching
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James Gurney: The World of ...
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1998
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Dinotopia No. 10: Dream Shi...
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“Survival of all or none.
One raindrop raises the sea.
Weapons are enemies even to their owners.

Give more, take less.
Others first, self last.
Observe, listen, and learn.
Do one thing at a time.

Sing every day.
Exercise imagination.
Eat to live, don't live to eat.”
James Gurney, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

“A moment well spent is the best accomplishment. Yesterday is a phantom and tomorrow a mirage. The only day worth living is this one. If we can do that wekl, the yesterdays and tomorrows take care of themselves”
James Gurney, Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

“There is no line between fine art and illustration; there is no high or low art; there is only art, and it comes in many forms.” (p. 12)”
James Gurney, Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist

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