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NORTHERN TYRANT KING
No. 6 ALASKAN NATURAL HISTORY SERIES
Artist: James L. Havens
circa March 2020 / Anchorage, Alaska
Oil on canvas / Size: 6.5ft X 8.5ft
Current Value: $38,000.
“Northern Tyrant King” features Alaska's very own cousin of the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex. Nanuqsaurus was discovered on Alaska's North Slope in or around 2014. At the time, Nanuqsaurus was described as a diminutive, pygmy tyrannosaur. New and upcoming evidence now suggests the animal described earlier as a pygmy was in fact a juvenile of a much larger animal.
“Northern Tyrant King” represents new ongoing Nanuqsaurus discoveries in multiple locations of Alaska including Denali National Parkas well as the North slope of Alaska. Many new discoveries are featured in the painting including size, primitive feathers, sexual dimorphism as well as newly discoverd Nanuqsaurus young!
This piece is a must have for any Alaskan history or serious dinosaur collector and enthusiast!
For more on this amazing project visit the Alaska Paleo-Project page and explore the WHOLE Northern Tyrant King story and the other ongoing Nanuqsaurus projects underway!
The original "Northern Tyrant King" is a hand painted oil on canvas. A original hand-sculpted maquette was also created for references of both the oil painting and for the upcoming full scale, life sized - half sculpture - half painting - original work and public outreach slated for the summer of 2023.
The full scale sculpture will combine both the traditional arts of oil painting and sculpture as well as the cutting edge 3D digital skull reconstruction brilliantly recreated by Jesse Pruitt of Buzzsaw Studio. The artsit will then hand sculpt over the digital skull print in clay for the utmost accuracy.
The projects scientific adviser is once again the dedicated Dr. Pat Druckenmiller UAF Museum of the North. Once completed the dioramic painting will combine with the sculptural aspects and will create the impression of a full sized animal while taking up much less exhibition space. Other new specie of smaller arctic dinosaurs will also be sculpted and incorporated within the dioramic foreground.
Congratulation to the UAF team for their recent amazing discoveries being made on the North Slope of Alaska. Thank you for featuring the Northern Tyrant King original oil painting as discovery news flashed around the world. Amazingly - we made Smithsonian Magazines top ten dinosaur discoveries for 2021-Cheers!
Make sure to see the upcoming process video of how we created the painting from start to finish!
For the female Nanuqsaurus the artist invisioned a drab color palet suited for blending into the background much like the waterfowl of today such as ducks to protect the nesting site and young.
For the male the artist went with an over all black coloration of which would not only provide a stealthy camouflage in a the dense forest but also absorbe sunlight in the colder winter months similar to today's ravens. It was also decided to adorn it with a bright casowary like facial display to attract a female as many bird species do today.
All things Nanuqsaurus with paleontologist Dr. Pat Druckenmiller at the UAF Museum of the North, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Artist James Havens headed into Denali National Park's backcountry to explore the new discoveries being made there and connect with the ancient mystical landscape and to gather references for the final painting of the Alaskan dinosaur series titled "Return of the King" now underway.
JESSE PRUITT / Buzzsaw Studio - Special thanks to Jesse Pruitt for his brilliant skull reconstructions and digital printing. He's the best in the business and is a must for this type of project. Checkout his world famous "Buzzsaw Studio!"
DAVE CAVITT / FURNATURE ENTERPRISES of ALASKA Inc.- Special thanks to Dave Cavitt and the entire mall crew for their support and providing exceptional exhibt spaces for the Alaska Paleo-Project pop-up educational exhibitions over these many seasons.
PAT DRUCKENMILLER / UAF Museum of the North - Special thanks to Pat for being our scientific advisor over these many years and providing many of the hands on exhibit items within Alaska Paleo-Project exhibts.
THANK YOU - to all the contributers (to many to list ) over these many years - you know who you are and are very much appriciated - thank you!
AND TO YOU OUR SUPPORTERS AND FOLLOWERS: THANK YOU!
Each project features its very own unique skull logo. The "Northern Tyrant King" project is a favorite!