The Borisography: R

R.Y.L Mutant Destroyer (2005) (BJ)
Imagi.167 Box art, one of four paintings for the purpose by Boris and Julie, for the online game R.Y.L Path of the Emperor. For those that are interested, R Y L stands for 'Risk Your Life.'
R.Y.L Mutants vs Humans (2005) (BJ)
Imagix.164 Another of the four paintings for the online game R.Y.L Path of the Emperor.
R.Y.L Path of the Emperor (2005) (BJ)
  One of several paintings produced by Boris and Julie for the online game R.Y.L Path of the Emperor. This painting was used for one of the box's covers.
R.Y.L Planet Wide (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.
R2D2 and C3P0 (1994)
'94 This was Boris' only contribution to the 275 trading card set Star Wars Galaxy Two (Topps, 1994.)

As well as being used in the Illustrators of Star Wars subset it was also used as the box art, to advertise the set and on the cover of a book about the set.

Raging Hulk (1996)
MM96.97 As you might expect, this is another painting for the Fleer/Skybox Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Rainbow Ponies (2007) (BJ)
Dland.185 This was a promotional piece for Doritos tortilla chips.
Ralf Moeller and Gary Strydom (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.
Ram Horns (2006)
Ult_Ill.015 One of several tattoo designs produced for a tattoo art company.
Rapture (1982)
One of the unnamed drawings from Mirage. Julie Bell says it is one of her favourites because the girl is wearing a dress rather fantasy clothing, even though it is clearly a fantasy subject.
Promotional art for the Australian horror movie Razorback based on Peter Brennan's novel. The story concerns the hunt for a purported, killer, razorback boar of extraordinary size which, as you might expect in a film of this type, does exist.

For those that don't know, in Australia razorback refers specifically to feral pigs (since the continent has no indigenous species of pig.)

The film was released in 1984 in Australia and, later that year, in the US so I guess that was when the artwork was painted. My thumbnail is taken from a poster for the Belgian release, probably from 1985.

Reaching for the Stars
1980-Mar Painted as the cover for issue #3, for July 1978, of Future magazine. The issue also had an article about Boris featuring some artwork that I have not seen elsewhere.

This painting was also made available to readers as a wall poster.

The models appear to be Boris and Danielle Anjou (of Mirage fame.)

Ready She Is (2015)
This was a private commission by Boris which was, after being suitably modified, also used for the 2017 Fantasy Calendar under the title Medusa by the Sea.

The title used here is that given by but, curiously, a 2015 FaceBook post by Julie Bell gives the title as Medusa by the Sea

Realm of the Dolphin (1994)
BJ.20 Cover for the video game Ecco: The Tides of Time (Sega, 1994,) the second game of the series.
Rebirth (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.
Red Amazon (1982)
FAT 93
Book cover for Red Sonja #3: When Hell Laughs (Ace Books, 1982) by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney.
Red Daredevil (1996)
Painted for the Fleer/Skybox Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set. Boris produced two paintings of Daredevil for this set and this one shows him in his usual outfit.
Red Sonja (1980)
1982-Dec Book cover for Red Sonja #1: The Ring of Ikribu (Ace Books, 1981) by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney. The painting was also used for rhe cover, and month of December, of the 1982 Fantasy Calendar.
The Red Terrors
FAT 36
Cover for the Doc Savage novel The Red Terrors by Kenneth Robeson (Bantam Books, 1976.)
Regent of the Night
2018-Dec This image was apparently constructed for the 2018 Fantasy Calendar. I say 'constructed' because, as is becoming the norm where calendars are concerned, it is composed of the foreground figure (albeit a mirror image) from The Riders Are Coming superimposed on a different background.
Rescue (BJ)
2014.Feb Cover art for the album Exodus by Alex Moulton (Expansion Team, 2008.) This was a wraparound cover with the left and right halves being the back and front covers respectively.

The right hand side was used for the month of February in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

The artwork is not signed or dated but was probably painted in 2007.

A Reunion (1999)
2001-May This is a modified version of Underwater used for the 2001 Fantasy Calendar.
Reunited (2007)
2008-Dec Although it features in the 2008 Fantasy Calendar I am by no means certain that it was painted for that purpose.
A Revelation (2000)
2001-Jul Apparently painted for the 2001 Fantasy Calendar wherein it was used for the month of July.
Reversal (2007) (BJ)
This was one of the several paintings produced specially for the 2009 Fantasy Calendfar.
Ride the Golden Tiger
Boris2 Cover for Ride the Golden Tiger by Jonathon Black (Bantam, 1976.)
Rider (1999)
A private commission, this drawing features the client's wife engaged in one of her favourite activites.
The Riders Are Coming (2016)
This painting was featured in an exhibition of Boris' artwork but apart from this I have no other information.

You may like to compare the painting with Regent of the Night, from the 2018 calendar, which was made up of the foreground figure on a new background.

Riders from the Past
Cover for A Hostage for the Hinterland by Arsen Darnay (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Rift (1999)
TwinV.084 Cover art for Rift by Kay Kenyon (Bantam Books, 1999.)
The Ring of Ikribu (1980)
1982-Dec Book cover for Red Sonja #1: The Ring of Ikribu (Ace Books, 1981) by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney. The painting was also used for rhe cover, and month of December, of the 1982 Fantasy Calendar.
Rings (1996)
Mirage2 One of two paintings Boris produced for an exhibition of erotic art. The other artwork was Love and Care.
Road Warrior (2007)
Ult_Ill.141 Whilst attending the 2007 World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, Boris and Julie together with some other artists who were all sitting round a big table, began drawing for fun. As you might expect, this is Boris' drawing.
Robo Stripper (1992)
This is the cover for William Shatner's Tek Vengeance (Ace/Putnam. 1993.)
Robobug (1978)
Cover art for Star Probe by Joseph Green (Ace Books, 1978.)
Robot Duel (1992)
Cover for Battletech: Ideal War (Penguin/Roc, 1993) by Christopher Kubasik.
Robot Slayer (1997)
1999-Sep This painting is from the 1999 Fantasy Calendar where it was featured for the month of September. So far as I kow, it was painted for the calendar.
Robot's Axe (1992)
B4.H6 Cover artwork for Battletech: Blood of Heroes by Andrew Keith (Penguin/Roc, 1993.) It was also used in a poster advertising the Battletech series of books.

Boris posed himself for the two male figures.

Robotic Combat (1992)
Cover for Battletech: Main Event (Penguin/Roc, 1993) by James D Long.
A Rock by Any Other Name (1992)
CD2 This is Boris' version of René Magritte's Le Chateau des Pyrenees. It was painted for his personal pleasure.
Rogue / Rogue Floating (1995)
MM96.DI3 Boris' second painting of Rogue, this time for the Fleer/Skybox Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Rogue / Rogue in the Danger Room (1994)
'94 This painting of the Marvel superhero (shouldn't that be superheroine?) was painted for the X-Men '95 Ultra (Fleer, 1994) trading card set.
Rolind of Meru
Cover art for Rolind of Meru by Peter Lyle (Avon, 1977.)

I received an email from August, who I presume to be female, who says (in part): '… my brother's name is Steve. My mother used to teach Boris' wife horse-back riding lessons… and thus, the year I was born, Boris created this painting of him. However, he does not have a twin as the picture portrays.".

Painted 1976.

B2.64 Cover art for The Courting of Joanna by Alice Chetwynd Ley.

Painting undated.

Romance 2
BJ.19 Cover art for The Clandestine Betrothal by Alice Chetwynd Ley.

Painting undated.

Rowing (1985)
One of the paintings for the 1987 Fantasy Olympics Calendar.
Rules of the Game (2011)
This painting was used for the month of January in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.

By making this a battle between a human and a robot Boris has avoided this being a gory scene (but I know a computer or two that might disagree with this assessment!)

Rubber (BJ)
Promotional piece for the 2010, satirical, horror film Rubber written and directed by Quentin Dupieux. It's about a tyre, named Robert, that comes to life and uses psychokinetic powers to kill people!

Although it is undated this was apparently painted in 2011. This is after the original French movie release so I would guess that the painting relates to the US release.

Runes (1983)
CD2 Cover art for Runes by Richard Monaco (Ace Books, 1984) this is the first book in his two-part Leitus series. See Broken Stone for Boris' cover art for book #2 in the series.
Runners (1990)
Cover for the novel Achilles' Choice (Tor Books, 1991) by Larry Niven & Steven Barnes. The dragon is a bit of artistic licence by Boris - there are no dragons featured in the book.

The book also has 14 pen and ink illustrations by Boris – go to the Achilles' Choice book page to see them.

Running Partners (1985)
B4.50 Clothing advertisement for Chess King.

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