John Gurche is an American artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and sketches of prehistoric life, especially dinosaurs and early humans.
Gurche's works have been on display at the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has created illustrations for National Geographic, and designed a set of four dinosaur-themed stamps that were released by the US Postal Service in 1989.
In 2000, he received the Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for his mural of Sue the Tyrannosaurus, a piece which accompanies the dinosaur's skeleton at the Field Museum.
- "[Gurche said:] 'What I wanted to get into the face was a sort of wariness,' as though the primitive little hominid is really encountering a human. 'What would we have seemed like to them?'" Abigail Tucker, "A Closer Look at Evolutionary Faces", Smithsonian.com, February 25, 2010
- Diana L. Koepfer. "Representation and aesthetics in Paleo-art: An interview with John Gurche". American Anthropologist. March 2003. Volume 105, Issue 1. 146.
- Syd Kornish. "'Beauty and the beasts' latest Postal Service tale". Telegram & Gazette. October 15, 1989. B7.
- "Local artist honored for T-rex painting". Denver Post. November 12, 2000. A42.
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