The Borisography: I

I Am a Barbarian
B1.10
FABV
This was Boris' first paperback book cover, painted for Ace Books: I Am a Barbarian by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Painted 1975.

I Dream of Flying (2012)
Dland Boris started this painting for his personal pleasure. It features on Boris and Julie's Facebook pages wherein it is shown at various stages of completion. The wings (Boris loves to paint them) and clothing were added last to what was originally a nude figure study. I don't know whether or not it was deliberate but the paint used for the clothing is not completely opaque so that the original details are visible through it!

A modified version, with opaque clothing and more hair, appeared as the centrepiece of the 2014 Fantasy Calendar. See Unconstrained for more information about the alterations.

I Love You So (2004) (BJ)
Imagix.076 One of several paintings for the Lynx range of toiletries.

This painting appeared, in modified form, in the 2008 Fantasy Calendar under the title Creation.

Icarus in Flight (1988)
B3.13
BJ.65
FPG.15
1989-Jun
Painted for the 1989 Mythology Calendar.

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.

Ice (2000)
Fant_Work
Knife
One of the Franklin Mint paintings for their series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.

Bearing in mind that the girl is sitting on ice, she is not wearing the amount of clothing you might expect – such is the world of fantasy art!

Ice Cave (1993)
BJ.51
Dreams.087
FabFant.066
Cover art for Orion and the Conqueror by Ben Bova (Tor Books, 1994.)
Ice Queen (1997)
1998-Aug Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
The Ice Schooner (1978)
B2.70
CD1
FAT 102
FPG.17
Cover art for The Ice Schooner by Michael Moorcock (Dell, 1978.)

In addition to the above, it was also used as the cover for the Mayflower Games Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Role Aides Guide entitled Ice Elves, published in 1985.

Iceman (1994)
'94 This was painted for the X-Men '95 Ultra (Fleer, 1994) trading card set where it was used for card 103 (part of the X-Men Gold Team subset.)

Iceman is one of the original X-Men from 1963 and is notable for being revealed, in All-New X-Men #40, as being gay despite previously being known as a womaniser.

Iceman (1996)
MM96.22 This, Boris' second painting of the Marvel character, was painted for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.
Ideal War (1992)
B4.48
Dreams.012
Cover for Battletech: Ideal War (Penguin/Roc, 1993) by Christopher Kubasik.
Ilmarinen (1991)
B3.20
1993-Oct
Painted for the 1993 Mythology Calendar.

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 werealso known as protectors of travellers.

In League (2011) (BJ)
2013-Oct This artwork, Boris and Julie's retake of Boris' Mirage painting Leather Jacket, was used for the month of October in the2013 Fantasy Calendar.
In Praise of a Higher Spirit (1993)
B4.07
BoB.27
FPG.26
This was painted for a poster company in the Netherlands - I assume this was Verkerke for whom Boris did a number of artworks.
In Search of the Great Horned Beast (1986)
Painted for the cover of Conan the Fearless by Steve Perry (Tor Books, 1986) and also used for the Conan the Cimmerian video game (Virgin, 1991.)

It is also available as part of a limited edition autographed print poster series - see the Limited Editions page for Search for the Horned Beast for more information.

In the Moons of Borea (1978)
B2.38
BoB.73
CD1
FAT 29
1980-Centre
1997-Centre
Cover art of In the Moons of Borea by Brian Lumley (Jove, 1979.)

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
CD1
FABV
1980 calendar
Painted for Portal Publications and produced as a wall poster.

Painted 1978.

In Victory (2000)
2002-Jan
Imagix.026
This was painted for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar. In addution, it also graced the front cover of Boris and Julie's book Imaginistix.
Indian Chief (1993)
B4.07
BoB.27
FPG.26
This was painted for a poster company in the Netherlands - I assume this was Verkerke for whom Boris did a number of artworks.
Indomitus Est (2001)
Dland.188 Used as cover art for the 2007 book Indomitus Est by Robert W Brady jr. the first book in his self-published Fovean Chronicles pentology. It was presumably painted for the purpose but unexplained is why it predates the book by six years!

A modified version was used for the 2003 Fantasy Calendar under the title Evil Secrets.

Indomitus Oriens
The third of three cover paintings for Robert W. Brady jr's The Fovean Chronicles series from 2014. Sadly, this was the last cover Boris painted for this set.

Unlike the other two paintings, this one is undated.

Indomitus Vivat (2013)
2016-Apr
Dland.152
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.

Infinite Realms
2019-Sep A girl, a dragon and a castle, this is classic fare for Boris, this time from the 2019 Fantasy Calendar.

The painting is signed but doesn't appear to be dated (unless the year is below the signature.)

Inner Turmoil (2007)
2009-May A painting from the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Instants (1979)
BJ.63
CD1
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.

Can one possibly detect a bit of phallic symbolism there?.

Invasion (2008) (BJ)
2014-Sep
Dland.154
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.

Invictus (1982)
B3.47
CD1
FAT 95
FPG.45
1985-Nov
Cover for Red Sonja #4: Endithor's Daughter (Ace Books, 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 Bud Light Ironman competition, a triathlon, of October 1987.

The images I've seen are all cropped partway through the signature so the copyright year, if present, is not visible but I think it safe to assume this would have been 1987.

Iron Man vs Fin Fang Foom (1996)
MM96.67/68 Another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

According to Stan Lee the name Fin Fang Foom was inspired by the title of Chu Chin Chow, a long-running musical from 1916, which Lee knew from having seen the 1934 movie.

Iron Shadows in the Moon
Painted as the cover for issue #4 of Savage Sword of Conan (February 1976.)

Although it is undated it was probably painted in 1975.

Iron Warrior
B1.27
FAT 48
WOB.24
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.

Painted 1977.

Ironman
B3.16 This was a promotional piece for the Bud Light Ironman competition, a triathlon, of October 1987.

The images I've seen are all cropped partway through the signature so the copyright year, if present, is not visible but I think it safe to assume this would have been 1987.

Isaac Asimov
B3.29
CD1
FAT 18
This was the original conceptual sketch for the book cover for The Edge of Tomorrow, a collection of Asimov's stories. The figure of Asimov was eventually replaced by the figure to be seen in The Edge of Tomorrow study.

The painting currently shows the year as 1985 but my comments under The Edge of Tomorrow preliminary study 2 also apply here too.

It (2004)
2006-Apr This is a painting from the 2006 Fantasy Calendar. I have no record of it being used anywhere else other than the Boris and Julie website borisjulie.com though, at the time of writing, it no longer appears there.


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