|I Am a Barbarian||B1.10
|This was Boris' first paperback book cover, painted for ACE Books:
I Am a Barbarian by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Painted 1975, oil, 16 x 26 inches.
|Icarus In Flight||B3.13
|Greek Mythology: Daedelus fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus
in order that they might escape from Crete and King Minos. Icarus,
despite warnings not to fly too high, soared upwards to such a height that
the wax melted, and he fell into the sea and drowned.
Choosing to depict Icarus as full-grown and negroid is a slightly odd choice - Icarus was but a child at the time.
|The Ice Schooner||B2.70
|Cover art for the Mayflower Games Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
Role Aides Guide entitled Ice Elves, published in 1985.
This was, I believe, also a book cover painting for Dell Books.
|Finnish Mythology: Ilmarinen was the ruler of wind and weather, travelling
the sky with her sister. She created the winds with her wings and
thunder with her roar, while the sister created the electricity hurled
to the Earth by Ilmarinen. Perhaps paradoxically, these two were
also known as protectors of travellers.
|In Search of the Horned Beast||(Poster print)||Used for the cover of Conan the Fearless (Tor, 1986) by Steve
It is also available as part of a limited edition autographed print poster series.
|In the Moons of Borea||B2.38
|Greek Mythology: Borea was God of the North Wind. Boris here
has a young maiden pleading for mercy on the frosted land.
|In the Underworld||B3.66
|Painted 1978, oil, 20 x 28 inches.|
|This was painted for a poster company in the Netherlands.
|Can one possibly detect a bit of phallic symbolism there?
|Cover for Red Sonja #4: Endithor's Daughter (Ace, 1982) by David
C Smith & Richard L Tierney.
Boris' comments on this painting: "I wanted to portray an image of the female warrior contemplating in the distance ... her thoughts, her dreams, and her ideas of what the future would bring." Quoted from the back of the trading card.
|Iron Man||B3.16||This was a promotional piece for the Iron Man Triathlon, a bodybuilding/fitness
competition held in Hawaii.
|This was a book cover for Conan the Wanderer (Ace), by Robert
E Howard, L Sprague de Camp & Lin Carter.
It appears in the first Boris trading card set as Genie.
|This was the original conceptual sketch for the book cover of a collection
of Asimov's Robot stories. The figure of Asimov was eventually replaced
by the figure to be seen in Chrome Robot.
|Along with appearing in Mirage, this appears also to have been
the cover for a book by Ballantine Books.
|Greek Mythology: Jason and the Argonauts, some two dozen of Greece's
finest warriors, sailed on the Argos to retrieve the Golden Fleece, overcoming
many dangers along the way - a tale filled with violence and treachery.
|One of the 1987 Fantasy Olympic Calendar series.
|Germanic Mythology: Jotun was a benevolent being; the Valkyries made
offerings to him in exchange for strength in battle. The Jotun could
adopt different shapes and would accompany the Valkyries into battle, remaining
invisible to their opponents. This painting appeared in the 1993
|Joust||B4.65||This was painted for a European movie which was never released on the
movie circuit, although it was released on video, the painting being used
for the cover. Unless I mistake the face greatly, the male model
is Dorian Vallejo.
|This work was painted by Boris for his own pleasure, rather than as
a commission. In the Artist's Choice set it is entiltled Julie,
and in Comic Images Supreme it is entitled 10+++, which is
a touching evaluation by Boris of his wife.
|Finnish Mythology: The giant Kalevanpojat was created by the
goddess Ailej from burned trees after a forest fire, and had the ability
to turn fertile land into heaps of stones, or wasteland into marshy meadows,
with his magic sickle.
It appears inverted in the Best Of Boris set.
|In Icelandic mythology, an enormous spider named Cariden possessed
an enchanted golden sword that would grant its owner any wish that was
spoken out loud. Cariden would hang the sword in her web to lure winged
fairies inside where they would be trapped and devoured. The brave and
bewitching fairy Kamal tricked Cariden by entrancing her with fascinating
stories. When she was close to the sword, Kamal touched it and it became
hers. She then killed Cariden and became queen of the fairies.
|Karate Kick||BJ.56||One of the series of advertising images for the Chess King chain.
|The Kick||BJ.07||Cover for Battletech: Close Quarters (Penguin/Roc, 1994) by
The kicker is modelled by Julie Bell, and the kickee by Cathy Thole, another great artist trained by Boris.
|The King's Daughter||B3.54
|A cover piece for Pocket Books: King's Daughter by Jane Gaskell.
|The King's Ship||B4.66||Painted 1980.|
|Knight on Wheels||B1.70
|Knighted||BJ.10||Cover for Battletech: Assumption of Risk (Penguin/Roc, 1993)
by Michael Stackpole.
Last updated: 4th July, 1999