The Borisography: U

U.S. Agent (1996)
MM96.75 Painted for the Fleer/Skybox Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
The Ultimate Client (1986)
Cover for the June 1986 edition of National Lampoon. The cover of this edition was featured in the National Lampoon trading card set (21st Century Archives, 1993.)
The Ultimate Decision (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.

The Ultimate Sin (1985)
Record/CD cover Artwork for Ozzy Osbourne's album The Ultimate Sin (CBS/Epic 1986.)
Ultra Warrior (1992)
BJ.41 This was used to promote the movie Ultra Warrior. The film was released in March 1990 and the video release was December 1992: since the artwork is also dated 1992 I assume it was painted to advertise the latter event.
Uncaged Beauty (2020)
2022.Jan A painting from the 2022 Fantasy Calendar wherein it was used fro the month of January. In the absence of any information to the contrary I assume it was painted for this purpose.
Unconstrained (2012)
2014-Cen Boris began painting this for his personal enjoyment (he loves to paint.) Julie Bell posted it on Facebook and periodically showed it at various stages of completion from which it could be seen that it was originally a nude.

What I thought was the finished version appeared in Dreamland as I Dream of Flying, the assumption being that the opaque clothing and wind-blown hair had been added digitally, as is the case with many other calendar illustrations, for the sake of modesty. However, neither the original or calendar versions are signed whereas the version shown here is. This leads me to believe that all amendments are real and that this is indeed the final version of the painting.

Underberg (1990)
BJ.81 Commissioned by a German company which flew Boris to Germany to discuss the concept over dinner.

The product itself is a herbal, digestif bitter made by the swiss company Underberg AG.

Underwater (1999)
Imagix.056 I have no information regarding this painting but a modified version was used in the 2001 Fantasy Calendar under the title A Reunion.
Underworld Gig (2006) (BJ)
Dland.176 An active, humourous, portrait of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D.

I have no information about the painting but surmise that it was produced for an article about the group in the December 2006 edition of the magazine Maxim, thereby giving rise to one of its alternative titles.

This is the cover of Larry Niven's book with the same title (Ballantine, 1973) but this was presumably painted for a later edition.
Unicorn (1979)
Cover art for E Pluribus Unicorn, (a grisly little book) by Theodore Sturgeon.

The CD also includes a file named "demon.tif" which is a duplicate of this image.

Unicorn (Calendar)(1991)
1992 calendar Painted for the 1991 Mythology Calendar.

A mythological beast resembling a horse with a single golden horn, the Unicorn symbolised purity and innocence. According to legend, it could only be captured by a virgin girl; according to the same legend, no Unicorn was ever captured….

Unicorn (Ladies)(1991)
Ladies Illustration for the tale of Arachne in Ladies.
The Unicorn of Central Park (1986)
B4.86 Cover art for Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight by Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1987.)
Unseeing (1994)
Painting for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.

Compare this with Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Untameable Life (2013)
This lively painting is the cover art for Indomitus Vivat, a self-published fantasy tale by Robert W. Brady jr from 2012. 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.

Unwillingly to Earth (1992)
B4.16 Cover art for Unwillingly to Earth by Pauline Ashwell (Tor Books, 1992.)
Up and Away (2010)
2012-Oct Apparently painted for the 2012 Fantasy Calendar and also featured on the cover.
Upside Down
2022.Centre Originally appearing on Boris and Julie's website under the title Upside Down I surmised that it might be intended for the 2022 Fantasy Calendar. This has since proved to be correct when it was used for the centrepiece under the new title Step into the Unknown.
Us Gals Ain't Goin' Down No More (1996)
Cover art for the December 1985 edition of National Lampoon. The cover of this edition was included in the National Lampoon trading card set (21st Century Archives, 1993.)

The male figure looks a lot like Sylvester Stallone so the painting may be a parody of the Rocky movies.

USA Hero (1996)
MM96.75 Painted for the Fleer/Skybox Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.

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