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Chris Foss (b. 1948, Devon, UK) is a British artist and science fiction illustrator. Foss studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and it was here he began to pursue professional illustration commissions. His ground-breaking science fiction art revolutionised paperback covers, raising the bar for realism and invention and irrevocably changing the aesthetic of science fiction art and cinema. In 1972, he gained notoriety with his black and white line work for The Joy of Sex, A Gourmet Guide to Love Making in collaboration with Charles Raymond. Foss has also created cover artwork for books by Isaac Asimov, E. E. "Doc" Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. van Vogt and Phillip K. Dick and many others. He has worked in film design on Dune, Superman, Alien, Flash Gordon, Stanley Kubrick’s A.I., and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
In 1975, Foss was hired by ambitious director Alejandro Jodorowsky for an intended film version of the science-fiction novel Dune by author Frank Herbert. The film was abandoned before a single frame was shot and Foss’ works, as well as Jodorowsky’s extensive notes, and the production drawings by Moebius and H.R. Giger, is all that remains of this project. This work was the subject of 2009’s touring exhibition Dune: An exhibition of a film of a book that never was, at the Drawing Room, London and Plymouth Arts Centre. Foss’ studies for Dune have also been published in the book 21st Century Foss, which contains a forward by Jodorowsky.
Foss lives in Gurnsey and is enjoying his work on new paintings. More of his work can be seen on his website and in Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss, published by Titan Books.
Last updated: 12.11.2015