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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 Historymarker, the Field Museum of Natural Historymarker, and the Smithsonian Institutionmarker. He has created illustrations for National Geographicmarker, and designed a set of four dinosaur-themed stamps that were released by the US Postal Service in 1989. In 2000, he received a 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.


  1. Diana L. Koepfer. "Representation and aesthetics in Paleo-art: An interview with John Gurche". American Anthropologist. March 2003. Volume 105, Issue 1. 146.
  2. Syd Kornish. "'Beauty and the beasts' latest Postal Service tale". Telegram & Gazette. October 15, 1989. B7.
  3. "Local artist honored for T-rex painting". Denver Post. November 12, 2000. A42.

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