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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Here's a short video that I made to spotlight the wonderful sand toys and music boxes created by Mel and Eunice Birnkrant. (Direct link to video)

These primitive automata are inspired by the artwork of Victorian toy theaters. The figures are cut out of paperboard sheets and arranged in a tiny stage, complete with curtain and audience. Mel took the idea to the next step and invented the mechanism... Read more of this blog post »
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Imaginative Realism: How to...
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Color and Light: A Guide fo...
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Dinotopia: The World Beneath
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Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara
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Dinotopia: First Flight
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Artist's Guide to Sketching
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James Gurney's Dinotopia Po...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1993
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James Gurney: The World of ...
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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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