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Prints/Original Paintings for Sale


Coming in Early 2019:

Lost Anatomies: Drawings Celebrating the Evolving Human Form

By John Gurche. 

Our fascination with the human form and its elements has been the subject of exploration by artists for centuries, even millennia. We are now living in a time when human origins science has extended the field for such work by revealing the precursors of the human form and its elements, and these are ripe for exploration in art. Lost Anatomies is a collection of drawings and paintings by John Gurche that visually celebrate the evolving human form. The collection will become available as a large format art book, published by Abrams in early 2019.


Dinosaur Images




Six Million Years of Evolution in One and a Half Minutes

Watch paleoartist John Gurche's vision of his own direct ancestry in under 2 minutes. Learn how he draws on fossil discoveries and forensic techniques to create transfixing reconstructions of long-lost human ancestors. http://yalebooks.com/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300182026 Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins, Yale University Press, November 2013.

My 2013 book Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art and Imagination help us understand our Origins

 is about the art and science of reconstructing human ancestors. It chronicles the scientific detective work and artistic struggles behind the creation of 15 sculptures for the Smithsonian's Hall of Human Origins. It's also about the deep-time connections, sometimes almost mystical, that this kind of work can engender.


National Geographic Magazine


Jurassic Park

Three years before the release of Jurassic Park, I was hired by Amblin Entertainment to do some concept art.


National Geographic video on the reconstruction of Homo naledi