Saturday, January 26, 2013

Shows: Dinotopia: Art of James Gurney / New Hampshire Institute of Art Feb. 20th


Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Manchester, NH
Feb. 20 through Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013

Be sure to check out James Gurney's AMAZING Dinotopia artwork at the New Hampshire Institute of Art this February and March!  I've been to a ton of James Gurney's Dinotopia exhibits: Smithsonian in DC, Delaware Museum of Art and the Lyman Museum of Art in CT.  They have all been super spectacular and well worth any drive to check out!

From the New Hampshire Institute of Art site:

"Celebrate the opening of this exciting exhibit on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5 pm followed by James Gurney’s lecture: Worldbuilding: How to Develop a Fantasy Universe at 6:30 pm. The opening is free and open to the public. Gurney’s lecture is part of the Institute’s Distinguished American Artists Discussing Art lecture series and the cost to attend is $20.

From the soothing, restorative environment of Waterfall City to the hidden wonders of Chandara, acclaimed author and illustrator James Gurney’s magical Dinotopian world comes to life in this enchanting exhibition that features  22 original 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 reference materials, and a handmade scale-model."


There is something really spectacular about seeing traditional hand painted artwork in person.  I love digital artwork and artists but traditional paintings are about as close to being with the artist as possible without actually being with the artists.  This kind of magic is especially evident with artwork that is hundreds of years old.

Knowing that this is the painting that an artist sat in front of for hours putting his soul and passion into it.  The artwork then becomes alive with a energy of its own.    This is the feeling I get when I get to see Gurney's work in person.  There is a magic about being in front of a traditional painting that you know one of your favorite artists spent days in front of putting his or her life into it.  This is simply not true with seeing a digital print in a gallery or museum.

So go see the magic that is Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney!  Get up and close and see the brush strokes and craftsmanship that went into these awesome paintings that have a life and energy all there own!


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