The Borisography: G

Galactic Love (2008) (BJ)
This futuristic scene was originally used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar but I do not know if it was painted for that purpose.

To me, this looks like it might have been intended for a CD cover which makes me wonder whether it might be an unused painting for Alex Moulton's album Exodus.

Galaxie Fighters (1979)
B3.37 This was a promotional poster for the Buck Rogers movie, which was never used.
Cover art for Exiles to Glory by Jerry Pournelle (Ace Books, 1978.) The painting was also used for a jigsaw puzzle under the title Galaxy.

Painting undated.

Game of Dragons (2018)
A slightly modified version of this painting, under the title Trusted Companions, was used in the 2020 Fantasy Calendar.
Game Tap (2008) (BJ)
This futuristic scene was originally used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar but I do not know if it was painted for that purpose.

To me, this looks like it might have been intended for a CD cover which makes me wonder whether it might be an unused painting for Alex Moulton's album Exodus.

Games (1984)
FAT 55 A cover painted for Games World magazine.
Gary Strydom and Ralf Moeller (1988)
This was another promotional piece for or about Mr Olympia XXIV using, this time, Ralf Moeller and Gary Strydom as models. I'm afraid that I don't have any information as to how it was used.
The Gates of Creation
The painting was a book cover for The Gates of Creation by Philip José Farmer (Ace Books, 1982,) part of his World of Tiers series.
Book cover for Gateway by Frederick Pohl (Ballantine Books, 1977.)
Gateways in the Sand
This was painted as an ad for the Book of the Month Club.
The Gauntlet
This was a finished sketch for the Clint Eastwood movie The Gauntlet (Warner Bros 1977.)

Eastwood had stipulated a design similar to Frank Frazetta's Dark Kingdom (right) but the final painting was never commissioned. Apparently none of the artwork received met with Eastwood's approval and in the end he commissioned a piece from Frazetta. In his book Icon, Frazetta says that Eastwood was charged considerably more than the going rate for the commission… he then told him that this sum was only for the reproduction rights and charged even more for the painting itself!

Gem of Bul'cug: Kala's Tale (1998)
2000-Aug Painted for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar where it was used for the cover and the month of August.
Gemini, The Twins (1987)
Portfolio 18
1988 Calendar
Painted for the 1988 Mythology Calender.
The General Zapped an Angel
Cover for The General Zapped an Angel (Ace Books, 1978,) an anthology of short stories by Howard Fast.

Painting is undated but according to B1 it was painted in 1978.

Genesis (1996)
MM96.57 One of Boris' paintings for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

Genesis first appeared in X-Force #1 in 1991. Like many superhero characters, his backstory is so complicated that I don't feel inclined to add any more information.

FAT 48
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 and in Fantasy Art Techniques as Iron Warrior.

Painted 1977.

Genie (2001)
A design sketch for an oil lamp. Regretably this idea never came to fruition.
The Gentle Path (2011) (BJ)
2013-Nov This is a modified (ie censored) version of the painting The Trail used for the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.

Curiously, whilst in my copy of the calendar the painting is clearly signed and dated 2012, the image that I downloaded from the internet is clearly dated 2011! The original painting was dated 2007.

Ghost Rider (1995)
MM96.16 Another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

Over the years there have been several characters bearing the name Ghost Rider. I guess that this painting is based on the second superhero character of the name as he was the current user of the title at the time of painting (though he has since been superseded.)

Gift of the Robot (2007)
This was apparently painted for the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Gilkarth's Odyssey (1997)
1998-Jul Originally painted for use on a T-shirt by Crusade For Kids, this is a version of Axing the Nightmares modified for use in the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.

You may see the original version here.

The Ginger Star
FAT 35
Book cover for The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett (Ballantine, 1979,) which is volume 1 of The Book of Skaith trilogy.
The Girl Who Owned a City
Cover for the book The Girl Who Owned a City by O T Nelson (Dell Books, 1977.)

The models include Boris' own children Dorian and Maya (I'm guessing the lefthand figures of the standing and seated children respectively.)

Painted 1977.

Gladiator (2010)
2012-Oct Apparently painted for the 2012 Fantasy Calendar and also featured on the cover.
Glass Mountain (1992)
BoB.minisheet 2
Cover art for Dragon Rigger by Jeffery A Carver (Tor Books, 1993.)
Glossomer Wings (1997)
1998-Centre This was a private commission that was used for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar centrepiece.
The Glowing Candle
Book cover for Eight Candles Glowing by Patricia Muse (Ballantine Books, 1976.)

Painting is undated but FABV gives the year as 1976.

The Goddess of Temptation / Goddess of the Earth (1997)
SG.071 This was painted for the Franklin Mint for Boris' first series of fantasy knives.
The Goddess of the Moon
If this painting seems familiar it is because it is Ashtaroth modified, itself already having been modified once before, for use on one of the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives. I am guessing that this was a digital modification because the image area exceeds the bounds of the original painting.
The Goddess of the Sun (1999)
Painted for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Goddess of the Waves (1999)
A painting for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
The Goddess of Thunder (2000)
One of the 17 paintings produced for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Goddess Rising (2007)
2009-Dec This painting was used in the 2009 Fantasy Calendar. In the absence of any information to the contrary I assume it was painted for that purpose.
August 1980 Cover art for Godsfire by Cynthia Felice (Pocket Books, 1978.)
Golden Apple (1992)
This painting of Hesperides and Ladon was produced for the 1994 Mythology Calendar and also used as cover for the September 1996 edition of Heavy Metal magazine.

Greek Mythology: Ladon was the hundred-headed serpent, one of the monstrous offspring of Typhon and Echidna; the Hesperides were the daughters of Atlas by Pleione or possibly Hesperis, or maybe it was Nix and Erebus (sorry, the legends are inconsistent.) Together they guarded the tree of the Golden Apples given by Gaia to Hera as a wedding present.

Golden Axe II (1991)
Cover for the Golden Axe II video game (Sega, 1991.) It shows the male and female hero types and the dwarf warrior.
Golden Axe III (1993)
B4.83 Cover for the Golden Axe III video game (Sega, 1993.)

The female figure appears to have been modelled by Julie Bell.

Golden Wings
Painted for Portal Publications who produced it as a decorative wall poster.

Undated but apparently painted in 1978.

Golden Worlds (2005) (BJ)
This painting appears in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar.
Good vs Evil (2003)
Ult_Ill.113 Drawn for a Franklin Mint project, this was Boris' second attempt at the same subject his earlier one, Light and Darkness, having been rejected.

The intention was to show Good and Evil fighting, something that is not really obvious from the drawing! I'm not familiar with any project using this artwork so perhaps it didn't proceed any further.

Gorgon (1990)
Story illustration for Ladies.

Greek Mythology: In this image, we see Perseus about to capture Medusa's head. Boris does not portray her shock of snakes which served her as hair.

The Gorgon - drawing (1991)
Story illustration for Ladies.

The general format of Ladies. is that each story has one painting and two drawings - this is the first of those drawings. See above for the painting.

Gothic Nightmare (1991)
This is the first of the two drawings that accompanied the story of Pandora in Ladies.
Gracus the Centurian (1978)
CD1 Painted as cover art for Gracus the Centurian by Dael Forest (Ballantine Books, 1979,) #4 in his Slaves of the Empire series.

Of the five paintings he did for this five book set, this is the only one that Boris actually dated.

Graham (2007)
This was a promotional piece for the UK TV channel, imaginatively named, Channel 4! The painting protrays the channel's major star, Graham Norton, so the assumption is that it was used to promote his show.

The image I have doesn't show the various elements clearly enough to discern exactly what is going on but, to my mind the, two rabbits on the right sum up the show pretty accurately…

Grayson Boucher (BJ)
A painting of Grayson Boucher for a Mountain Dew card game, wherein he is featured under his nickname The Professor. See AO for additional information.

Probably painted in 2005 or 2006.

The Great Race (1999)
2000-May This was originally painted in 1996, under the title Wings of Valor, as a potential design for a plate. In the end the project did not come to fruition so Boris modified the painting to create this image for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
The Greatest Weapon: Experience (1994)
Painting for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.
Green Dragon
FAT This painting was used on the contents page of Fantasy Art Techbigues and was apparently painted specifically for the purpose.
The Green Princess (1976)
Published by The Mylos Press as a limited edition of 2000 posters. The first 100 copies were also signed by Boris.

The painting is undated but the poster gives the copyright year as 1976.

The Grief of Victory (BJ)
Cover art for Eldin of Yashor by C Tyler Storm (Langdon Street Press, 2009.)
Griffin's Flight (1999)
My notes indicate that this was originally paimted for MicroSpectrum 1999 (I'm guessing that this was an exhibition as I've no idea what MicroSpectrum is/was) but it was quite definitely included in MicroVisions 2006 too (see Her Private Garden for a bit more information about MicroVisions.) Unfortunately my copy of the painting lacks the resolution to be clear but it look like the original date of '99 has been changed to '06
Gryphon (1991)
Painted for the 1993 Mythology Calendar.
Gryphon and the Maiden (2006)
2008-Oct This painting is taken from the 2008 Fantasy Calendar. I think it might be a rule that every fantasy calendar should include a maiden being threatened by a ravening beast. The question is: "Will the 7th Cavalry, or similar, get there in time to save her?"

You might like to compare this with the similar painting Condor-Chuqui from 1992.

Gryphon Keeper (1989)
This painting was also used on the promotional mini-sheet and the cover of the July 2001 edition of Heavy Metal.
Gryphon's Eerie / Gryphon's Eyrie (1984)
FAT 57
I presume the spelling to be a subtle pun which one would understand if one knew what book was being illustrated (perhaps Gryphon's Eyrie by Andre Norton & A C Crispin?*.) The title in the Best of Boris set is given as Gryphon's Aire, which I presume to be an error.

* Since confirmed as being the case.

The Guardian (1998)
Cover art for The Guardian (Bantam Books, 1998) by Angus Wells.
Guardian of the City (1998)
2000-Apr Painted for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
Guarding the Temple (2020)
I hold no information for this drawing.
The Guide (2000)
A painting from the 2001 Fantasy Calendar.
A Guide To Barsoom
FABV Book cover for A Guide To Barsoom by John Flint Roy (Ballantine Books, 1976.)

Painted 1976.

The Guy's Guide to Baltimore (2004) (BJ)
Cover art for… I don't know what - I have no information other than that it was cover art!
Gymnastics (1986)
Painted for the 1987 Fantasy Olympics Calendar.
Gypsy / Gypsy King
BJ.69 Cover art for Gypsy King by Charles Runyon jr (Jove, 1979.)

The trading card displays a mirror image of the lower half of the cover. It explains that the upper half is lost and that this is a wrap-around cover. In fact, if it wraps around at all, it is only as far as the spine because the back shows a duplicate of the front, lower image.

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