Festival Day. James Gurney
Lot 141
James Gurney (American, born 1958) "Festival Day,"
Sold for US$ 10,980 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
James Gurney (American, born 1958)
"Festival Day," illustration for Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (Kansas City, Mo: Andrews McNeel Pub, 2007).
Signed lower left.
Matted and framed.
27.5 x 44.5cm (10 13/16 x 17 1/2in).


  • This major painting for the bestseller Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara is the first to be auctioned in the United States. It was part of a traveling exhibition that toured the U.S., the U.K., France and Switzerland. It depicts an outdoor festival in the village of Jorotongo on the lost continent of Dinotopia. Children play lawn bowling and circle games, singers belt out madrigals near an Einiosaurus, and a Triceratops awaits a game of "bucktail," where he tosses teenagers into haystacks from his spike tail. To the left, a banquet is held for the adults. Many people from Gurney's small town in the Hudson Valley joined in to pose for this scene, and Gurney based the vegetation and architecture on the islands in the South Pacific.

Saleroom notices

  • Medium: Oil on illustration board.
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