Elisabeth Daynès has won the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, the most prestigious reward given to artists in science art related to paleontology, in the 3-Dimensional Art category. The Prize was awarded to this very talented and internationally famous paleoartist during the Awards Ceremony for the 70th Anniversary Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), which took place yesterday at the Westin Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, Penn.
The Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize rewards exceptional achievement in PaleoArt, which consists in depicting or sculpting paleontological subjects and fossils. Thanks to these artists, paleontologists can communicate about their discoveries, exchange their knowledge and above all make it more accessible to larger audience and promote their discipline among others. The prize consisted of the following categories: Scientific Illustration, 2-Dimensional Art, 3-Dimensional Art and National Geographic Digital Modeling and Animation Award.
Elisabeth Daynès was awarded the Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize in the third category, 3-Dimensional Art. With hundreds of anthropological sculptures, Elisabeth Daynès has become a leading expert in the extremely painstaking process of hominid reconstructions. A painter, a sculptor and an expert in comparative anatomy altogether, she combines scientific research, technological innovation and art, in order to bring our human ancestors back to life.
Daynès strives to create a unique and specific early human or pre-human using the scarce information left by the remains of fossils that might be thousands or even a million years old. “Lucy the Australopithecus"
Her sculptures are famous worldwide and her studio, the Atelier Daynès, has been contacted by many European countries such as Germany, Sweden, Portugal and Spain, as well as many other countries, among which South Africa, Japan, French Polynesia, and Mexico. She increased her international fame in 2006 with the bust of Tutankhamen she reconstructed for the “The New Face of King Tut” exhibition. The exhibition devoted to the young Egyptian pharaoh was a great success in Los Angeles and Chicago and the bust of Tutankhamen was then reproduced on the cover of 25 international issues of the National Geographic.
Videos are available for further information about the Atelier Daynès techniques on the website: www.daynes.com/
Photos are available on request.
About the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize
Created in October 1999, the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize is an annual award for paleoartists’
About the Society of Vertebral Paleontology
Founded in 1940, the society represents professionnals and amateurs interested paleontology. It pursues educational and scientific goals only and promotes cooperation between its members in order to advance the science of verterbrate paleontology and protect paleontological sites.
About Elisabeth Daynes
Elisabeth Daynès was born in 1960, in the south of France. Ever since she was child, she had a passion for arts and sculptures. She first discovered the world of prehistory and its art in the late 1980’s, thanks to her collaboration with the Thot Museum in Dordogne. Her encounter with Dr. Jean Noel Vignal, a forensic anthropologist, was a real turning point in her career as a sculptress in anthropology. She then became internationally famous, especially for her reconstruction of Lucy (late 1990s), Tutankhamen (2006), Flores (2009) and her work on the fossils from the Ataperca archeological site (Spain, 2010).
*All pictures of Elisabeth Daynes’ sculptures are copyrighted but will be for this special press release free of charge. The pictures cannot be used or re-used for any other purposes but the above press release (or article following this press release) without a written agreement of the Atelier Daynes Paris.
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ATELIER DAYNES PARIS
129 rue du Faubourg du Temple
Tel.: +33 1 42 41 17 36
FRENCH TECHNOLOGY PRESS OFFICE
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3740
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel.: (312) 327-5260
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