The Borisography: F

2014-Mar This is the censored version of Soap Bubble used for the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.
Fairy of the Dragon's Lair (2000)
A painting for the 2001 Fantasy Calendar.
Fairy of the Park (BJ)
FW.102 One of several London themed advertisements promoting Coca-Cola's Oasis range of drinks.

From the proximity of the BT Tower in the background it is obvious that the park in question is Hyde Park.

Fairy of the Unicorn (BJ)
FW.108 Another of Boris and Julie's London themed Oasis advertisements, this is a view across the River Thames towards the O2 Arena (the former Millenium Dome.) I assume the skyline is fictitious - I never thought to check the last few times I was there!

This is the only one of the ads that I actually saw/noticed - its derivation from Antecorn/Daydream is obvious with Danielle Anjou being replaced by Julie Bell.

Falcon Tamer (1997)
1999-Mar Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Far Country (1993)
B4.05 Cover for Battletech: Far Country by Peter Rice (Penguin/Roc, 1993.)

This was painted entirely without a reference, which Boris does not like to do and rarely does.

Farona's Sacrifice (2001)
2003-Nov This is an untitled 1992 painting reworked (digitally?) for the 2003 Fantasy Calendar.
Fatal Damage (2002)
2004-May A painting from the 2004 Fantasy Calendar.

The theme, the relationship between older and younger persons (maybe, parent and child?) is one that Boris has explored several times in the past.

Fausseah's Children (2008)
2010-Jan One of the artworks used in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar.
Fawal and Gree the Unquotable (1997)
1999-Feb Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Fearless Rider
2020-May Apparently painted for the 2020 Fantasy Calendar.

Workman Puzzles (that's the same Workman as produces the calendars) have brought out a 26⅜" x 18⅞" (W x H) puzzle utilising this painting. However, apart from cropping the top and bottom of the picture they have also stretched the left and right edges to produce the horizontal format.

Feasting (with Bompas & Parr)(2012) (BJ)
Illustration for the book Feasting with Bompas & Parr by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr (Bompas & Parr, 2012.)

This must be something of a first – a Boris painting for a cookbook! It appeared in the book's Introduction.

For those that don't know, Bompas & Parr made their name with gelatine based products, hence the profusion of jellies in the painting, before expanding into other culinary areas.

Felsa: Kala's Tale (1999)
2000-Jun This a composite image of Parting of the Sea digitally combined with a painted overlay to produce this image for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
Female Wrestlers (1984)
FAT 115
Fantasy Art Techniques shows this painting being executed and it can be seen that the original design said 'Happy 25th Birthday' whilst the finished painting said 'Happy 15th…'

My understanding was that this was intended for National Lampoon whose 15th anniversary was April 1985 but I can't see that it was used by them. It was however used as the cover for the April 1985 edition of Heavy Metal who were celebrating their 8th anniversary.

It is the second version, featured in B3 and CD1, that is shown here. It would appear that the colour of the '8' has faded since it was originally published.

Ferna's Escape: The Queen's Tale (1999)
2000-Oct This is a composite digital image produced for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar. The background is an inverted copy of Empire Builders with the girl and landscape overlaid on the left.
Fetch (1970)
TwinV.103 Cover art for the February 1971 edition of Nightmare magazine by Skywald Publishing. This was the first of three covers Boris provided for that publication.
Fiery Companion (BJ)
2017-Dec Painted for the quiz card game Wits & Wagers: Epic Geek Edition of 2016. The game used 5" x 8" player boards the backs of which featured specially commisioned artwork from various artists including, of course, a joint piece from Boris & Julie. The painting was used in the 2017 Fantasy Calendar.

Although the calendar shows a signature my copy is unsigned. I understand that it was painted in 2015.

Fight for Power
2022.Jul This painting appears on under the title Dragon's Flight but the image file gives it as Dragon's Fight. Since the latter name seems more appropriate I have assumed this to be the correct title.

As expected, the artwork was used for the month of July in the 2022 Fantasy Calendar.

Fighting Back
2016-Aug The rather gruesome, alien, head on an otherwise human body transforms this apparent standard Tarzan type picture into something rather more unsettling.

The painting was used in the 2016 Fantasy Calendar.

Figure Study (2017)
Originally produced for an exhibition this image was subsequently (digitally?) incorporated into the calendar painting Spiritual Seer.
Final Battle (1999)
2000-Mar Painted for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
The Final Battle (2005) (BJ)
2016-Nov This is one of four paintings produced for the online video game R.Y.L Path of the Emperor. The game's box features all four of the paintings but they were also used individually for advertising purposes. In addition, this painting was also used in the 2016 Fantasy Calendar.
Final Defeat (BJ)
2015-Feb This is a version of Without Fear modified for use in the 2015 Fantasy Calendar

The painting started life as a promotional piece for Nike. Unlike most paintings that are altered for calendar use this one is unique in that it has been modified to remove, rather than add, some clothing.

The Final Reflection (1983)
Another Star Trek book cover, this time for The Final Reflection by John M Ford (Pocket Pooks, 1984.)
Finding their Roots
Originally included in an exhibition of artwork painted for Boris' personal enjoyment.

The painting was later included in the 2018 Fantasy Calendar as Earth's Daughter (but only after the usual adjustments, to hide potential blushes, had been made.)

Fire Rider (2007) (BJ)
This was one of the several paintings produced specially for the 2009 Fantasy Calendfar.
2016-Jan Another of the paintings from the 2016 Fantasy Calendar.
A Fire Upon the Deep (1992)
B4.75 Book cover for A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (Tor Books, 1992.)
Fire Witch (1980)
Mirage Painted as an illustration for Mirage.
Firedance / Firewalker (1986)
Cover art for Firedance by Scott Baker (Tor Books, 1986.)
Firestorm (2013)
This lively painting is the cover art for Indomitus Vivat, a self-published fantasy tale by Robert W. Brady jr from, apparently, 2012. (I say apparently because the painting is dated 2013.)

This is the second of three paintings produced for the first three of Brady's Fovean Chronicles.

A copy of the painting was also utilised in the 2016 Fantasy Calendar.

First Love (1981)
Painted as an illustration for Mirage.

The titles for First Love and Alone are interchanged on the CD.
Painted 1981.

The First Mother's Fire (2007) (BJ)
Dland.142 Wraparound cover art for The First Mother's Fire, book one in W L Hoffman's The Soulstealer War series (Dog Ear Publishing, 2007).

You may want to check out The Splintering Realm for the cover of the second book in the series.

Fitness (2003) (BJ)
Ult_Ill.125 This was a t-shirt design for a bodybuilding contest.

Boris and Julie were commissioned for this piece but at the time Julie was unwell and was only able to draw the circular design in the background!

Fitness on the Beach (1988)
B2.71 The trading card erroneously says this is a 1978 work but it is actually dated 1988!

The trading card also gives the title as Hawaii 3-O. Assuming this to be a play on the name of the TV series Hawaii 5-0, I've assumed the last character to be zero rather than the capital letter O. (I'm aware that the name of the revived TV series did use a capital O but this wasn't until many years after (2010) both the painting and trading card were produced.)

Five of Wands (2009)
Tarot Painted for the Tarot series in Heavy Metal magazine, this appeared in the edition of July 2009.
5000 Volts (1993)
BJ17 Cover for Battletech: D.R.T. by James Long (Penguin/Roc, 1994.)

The model for the main figure is Ron Coleman, once Mr Olympia, a personal trainer at Boris' gym and frequently a subject in his paintings.

Flag of Convenience (1996)
MM96.45 One of four paintings of Spider-Man Boris produced for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set, this one shows him in a classic pose.
Flaming Hair (1997)
Illustration of Sweet Chastity for the September 1997 edition of Penthouse Comix.

Sweet Chastity is the innocent, pink-haired heroine of the eponymous strip-cartoon series in the magazine who, inevitably, ends up in a state of undress. For this particular edition, six artists (Boris, Julie Bell and four others) were each asked to paint a pin-up of her and this was Boris' interpretation of her.

Flash (1994)
'94 This painting of the classic DC superhero was executed for the DC Master Series trading card set. It was his only contribution to the set.
Flash Gordon (1980)
Drawn as the cover for volume #4 of a four volume set of Flash Gordon graphic novels. It was also used for the box art and advertising posters too.

The artwork is a black and white line drawing which has been 'colourised' - in fact the book, box cover and poster (the version shown here) all appear to have been individually colourised since none of them are quite identical.

Flight (1980)
Painted as an illustration for Mirage.

This was, apparently, a controversial painting - presumably, the objectors have a curious notion of the anatomy of horses. (But they may have point: this centaur has two extra pairs of limbs (wings and arms) an extra torso and most of an extra abdomen so who's to say what other, hidden, parts are also duplicated!).

Flight (1984)
Painted as an illustration for Enchantment.
The Flight of the Horse
This is the cover of Larry Niven's book with the same title (Ballantine, 1973) but this was presumably painted for a later edition.
Flight of the Pegasus
A painting which appeared on Boris and Julie's website so no additional information is available.

The painting was combined with Waiting for Pegasus to provide the composite image Pegasus at Dawn for the 2022 Fantasy Calendar.

Floating Island (1989)
Cover of William Shatner's Tek War. The hardcover version has the full painting, the paperback only has the left half.
Flower Princess (2003)
2005-Nov This painting is from the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.

It would appear that Boris drew inspiration for the design from his Day and Night and Light and Darkness pair of drawings.

Flower Touch (2015)
Originally featuring in an exhibition of paintings produced for Boris' enjoyment'

A modified version was used for the centrepiece of the 2017 Fantasy Calendar under the title Passion Flower.

Flowering Nest (1994)
Painted for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.
Flowing Friendship
2021-Jul Painting featured in the 2021 Fantasy Calendar.

This painting is unsigned nor does the calendar give any indication as to who the artist was. However, I feel confident in saying that this must be a Boris, or maybe a Boris & Julie, artwork.

Flying Centaur
Painted as an illustration for Mirage.

This was, apparently, a controversial painting - presumably, the objectors have a curious notion of the anatomy of horses. (But they may have point: this centaur has two extra pairs of limbs (wings and arms) an extra torso and most of an extra abdomen so who's to say what other, hidden, parts are also duplicated!).

Flying Menace (1978)
FAT 100
Book cover for The Web of Wizardry (Del Rey, 1978) by Jaunita Coulson.
The Flying Sorcerers
Cover art for The Flying Sorcerers by Larry Niven (Ballantine/Del Ray, 1977,) I am told (and I thought I had all Niven's books.)
The Flying Sorcerers (rear)
Cover art for the back cover of The Flying Sorcerers by Larry Niven (Ballantine/Del Ray, 1977.)

See above for the front cover.

Football Hero (1984)
FAT 51
Painted for an article about professional football in the August 1984 edition of Playboy. The article and painting referenced Super Bowl XVIII so it is no surprise that Boris painted Lyle Alzado, of Los Angeles Raiders, holding up a shredded Washington Redskins shirt. Raiders won 38-9 setting Super Bowl records for most points and highest winning margin.

The painting was subsequently acquired from Hugh Hefner by one of his Bunnies who was responsible for having the lefthand side overpainted like this:

Forbidden Land (2000)
2002-Feb This was apparently painted for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar.

You may like to compare this with Tarzan, the cover painting for the 1978 calendar, with which this one bears a distinct similarity.

Forces from the Federation (1980)
FAT 99 Book cover for Ace books: Flash Gordon 4: Forces from the Federation, by David Hagberg.
Forest Rancor (BJ) (2009)
This painting appears in Star Wars Art: Visions (Abrams Books, 2010) which features, as its name indicates, the Star Wars art by 100 respected artists. I believe, but am not sure, that this was painted for the book.

According to Wookieepedia the Forest Rancor is a subspecies of rancor found on the planet Felucia. It does not explain how a species of wild animal managed to migrate to a new planet in the first place!

Forever Castle (2011)
2012-Dec This classic fantasy scene was included in the 2012 Fantasy Calendar.
Forever Moments (1979)
Painted as an illustration for Mirage.
Forsake the Sky (1985)
B2.89 Cover art for Forsake the Sky (Tor Books, 1986) by Tim Powers.

I presume from the alternative title (Dorian) that the model is Boris' son Dorian.

This painting first appeared in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.

The painting is neither signed nor dated but Dreamland tells us that the artist was Boris.

The Four Elements (2011)
2016-Mar Although this painting was used in the 2016 Fantasy Calendar I'm fairly sure it was not painted for that purpose.
The Four Elements: Air (2002)
Ult_Ill.105 One of four drawings, two by Boris and the other two by Julie, illustrating the four traditional elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

Boris and Julie intended the drawings as designs for a set of sculptures produced by themselve rather than through a third party. Ultimately they experienced too many hurdles and did not proceed with the project.

See Water for Boris' other drawing in the set. Julie's drawings can be seen in the The Ultimate Illustrations book page.

The Four Elements: Water (2002)
Ult_Ill.102 The second of Boris' two drawings for the traditional four elements set.

As detailed at Air the project behind the drawings, sadly, never reached completion.

The Four Horsemen / The Four Riders (1987)
Apparently painted for Verkerke in The Netherlands and produced by them as a 62 x 93 cm Maxi Poster.

The four horsemen/riders in question are, from left to right, Pestilence, War, Famine and Death and are better nown as the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They are all correctly depicted on their correctly coloured horses (white, red, black and green) and, where specified, with their correct weaponry and accoutrements.

Four of Pentacles (2007)
Tarot One of the Tarot series of paintings, this was featured in the March 2008 edition of Heavy Metal magazine.
The Four Wishes (1983)
FAT 73
Cover art for The Four Wishes: Cheon of Weltanland #1 by Charlotte Stone (Daw, 1983.)
Frankenstein (1971)
TwinV.102 Cover art for the May 1971 edition of Psycho magazine which featured part II of the serialised Frankenstein story.
Frankenstein (1993)
B4.82 Cover for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Tor Books, 1994.)

Quite obviously, this is the monster, not the surgeon. Also used as a promotional card for the Boris 4 set.

The Frankenstein Monster Runs Amok
Cover art for the June 1974 edition (issue #6) of Monsters Unleashed.

The different interpretation of the monster, when compared to the previous painting, would have been dictated by the magazine's previous charactisations of him.

Franklin Richards (1996)
MM96.34 Another Marvel character painted for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 (Fleer/Skybox, 1996) trading card set. This is a depiction of Franklin Richards in his teenage guise of Psi-Lord.
Free (2000)
In The Ultimate Illustrations in the text accompanying this drawing Boris says that "…a woman and a reptile" is a frequent request (and he has done many such artworks over the years.) This would imply that this was a commissioned drawing.
Free! (2002)
2006,centre Featured as the centrepiece of the 2006 Fantasy Calendar. Given that the painting is dated 3 years before the calendar was issued, I assume it was painted for some other purpose.
Cover for Conan the Freebooter by Robert E Howard & L Sprague de Camp.

This is one of several Boris paintings which are Conan book cover illustrations but which do not include "Conan" in the title, presumably for copyright reasons. However, I've also listed them under Conan the… anyway so head to Conan of Aquilonia onwards if you want to see them in one place.

Possibly the best of these (see In Search of the Great Horned Beast) I have seen only as an autographed poster, for which I am not prepared to pay $100!

Freedom (1992)
BoB.40 Painted as a movie poster. The movie was cancelled so the painting was never used.
Freedom (1999) (BJ)
2001-Dec This painting doesn't exist, it being a digital composite produced for the 2001 Fantasy Calendar. It is made up of three separate paintings, each apparently painted for the purpose: the 1999 painting Pyramids (Boris & Julie,) the male figure (Boris) and the female figure (Julie.)
Freedom (2006)
A painting from the 2008 Fantasy Calendar.
Freedom (2008)
2009-Centre This painting was used for the centrepiece of the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Freya (1992)
German mythology: One of the wives of Odin, the lovely Valkyrie Freya was the German goddess of love. With her great strength, each day she pulled away the darkness that covered the sun and made way for the brilliance of daylight. Her magic golden necklace, a gift that Odin had forged for her in the sun, helped Freya subdue the darkness.
Friend or Foe? (1997)
1999-May Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Friends (2006)
Dland.110 This painting was used to create the 2012 image What Next? used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar. Apart from this I have no information as to the purpose of the painting.
From Infinity to Eternity (1995)
Painted as the centrepiece for the 1996 calendar.
From the Ashes
From the Ashes 2022.Apr Produced for the 2022 Fantasy Calendar this version of the phoenix legend is a (digitally?) modified version of Queen of the Wands from the Tarot series of paintings.
From the Sea to the Cosmos (2009)
This is a painting that was featured in the 2011 Fantasy Calendar.
Full Moon (1984)
FAT 26
Story illustration for Full Moon.
Full Moon (1996)
MM96.93 This portrait of Wolverine is another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Full Moon (1999)
Issued as a 22" x 29" lithograph by in 2000. Some sources state that this was a limited edition print but the print doesn't indicate this nor is it signed. My suspicion is that it is a print that sold in limited quantities rather than being a limited edition.
The Furies (1991)
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar.

Greek mythology: The Furies visited vengeance on mortals who had offended the gods.

Julie Bell posed for the main figure in this painting.

The Future is Here (1987)
Not evident at this scale is that the Tyrannosaurus rex is about to gobble up a spacecraft.
The Future is Now (2013)
According to a FaceBook post by Julie Bell, this painting was offered for sale on the old Imaginistix (now web site. I got the impression it was painted on spec purely for that purpose.
Futuristic NYC View
I would guess that this is a magazine illustration but it is only a guess as I have absolutely no information regarding this unsigned artwork.
Future Trouble (1990)
BJ.70 Cover for one of William Shatner's Tek books, in this case Tek Lords (Ace Books, 1991.)

Boris has done cover paintings for several of these books.

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