The Art of Gembone: Fossil + Gem

Filed under: regular postings — Gary September 15, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

These macrophotography prints are perhaps the first gembone photographs to be featured in an art exhibit. Each photograph is a closeup of a polished section of dinosaur gembone ranging from one inch to six inches in diameter. The gembone pieces are wet with water and a brush prior to being photographed to enhance the color and contrast of the picture. The photos provide a connection to a special time in our earth’s history. In these colors and patterns, the magnificence of both the dinosaur and the incredible geological processes of our planet converge. It is amazing that such a rare natural wonder, created slowly over the course of 150 million years, can be appreciated artistically by human beings today.

August 23 at 9:00am – October 8 at 8:00pm

This is a gallery show with some of my macrophotography that will be running through October 8th. There is a reception on Sunday, September 19th from 2:00-4:00pm.

Scanlan Gallery, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, TX

6500 St. Stephen’s Drive
Austin, TX

Matt Hannon


Matt Hannon

“The Art of Jurassic Gembone: Nature’s Most Colorful Fossils” Features Photographs of Rare, Multicolored Dinosaur Bones

Austin, TX – September 2010 – “The Art of Jurassic Gembone: Nature’s Most Colorful Fossils” will be on display at the Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery from August 23 to October 8,2010. The exhibit, by artist Matt Hannon, will feature macrophotography prints of vibrantly colored dinosaur gembone from the Butler-Han…non Fossil Collection.

Hannon’s photography attempts to capture the unique patterns and colors of gembone, focusing on its artistic — rather than scientific — appeal. “The visual impact of these fossils is stunning,” says Hannon. “It’s hard to believe that they were created by nature’s own design over hundreds of millions of years.”

Gembone fossils are very rare. Unlike most dinosaur bones found today, gembones fossilized among gem-quality minerals, giving them vivid colors and patterns. They are primarily found in Colorado and Utah, but have on occasion been found in Texas as well.


Gembones have been described as the most rare and most beautiful fossils in the world... Simply defined, a gembone is the fossil of an animal bone that contains gem quality minerals. Gembone is also commonly referred to as mineralized dinosaur bone, silicified dinosaur bone and agatized fossil.

“The Art of Jurassic Gembone” presents a nexus of Art and Science. Art lovers will be drawn to the bold colors and patterns within the pieces, while science lovers will enjoy the opportunity to examine some of nature’s greatest treasures up close.

Matt Hannon is a digital media artist and filmmaker who lives in Austin, TX. “The Art of Jurassic Gembone: Nature’s Most Colorful Fossils” is the first showing of the gembone imagery captured for his upcoming documentary film “Gembone: Nature’s Most Beautiful Fossils.”

For more information, please contact Beatrice Baldwin, Scanlan Gallery curator at (512) 327-1213 ex. 135, or visit

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