Biography of Boris Vallejo|
Boris Vallejo (born January 8, 1941 in Lima, Peru) is an American painter. He emigrated to the United States in 1964, and currently resides in Allentown in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. He frequently works with his wife, painter and model Julie Bell.
Vallejo works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. His hyper-representational paintings have graced the covers of dozens of science fiction paperbacks and are featured in a series of best-selling glossy calendars. Subjects of his paintings are typically gods, monsters, and well-muscled male and female barbarians engaged in battle. Some of his male figures were modeled by Vallejo himself, and many of his later female characters were modeled by his wife. His latest works still retain heavy fantasy elements, but lean more towards the erotic rather than pure fantasy themes.
Vallejo commenced painting at the age of thirteen, and had his first illustration job at the age of sixteen. After emigrating to the United States in 1964, he quickly garnered a fan following from his illustrations of Tarzan, Conan The Barbarian, and various other fantasy characters. This led to commissions for movie poster illustration, advertisement illustration, and artwork for various collectibles - including Franklin Mint paraphernalia, trading cards, and sculpture. Along with Bell, Vallejo presents his artwork in an annual calendar and various books.
Vallejo's preferred artistic medium is oil paint on board, and has previously used digital media to combine discrete images to form composite images. Preparatory works are pencil or ink sketches, which has been displayed in the book Sketchbook. He and Julie Bell have worked on collaborative artworks together, in which they sign the artwork "Boris and Julie" or "Julie and Boris".
Vallejo has created film posters for numerous fantasy and action productions, including Barbarella (1968), Knightriders (1981), Q (1982), and Barbarian Queen (1985). He has also illustrated posters for comedies, notably National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), European Vacation (1985), and Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007), co-created with Bell.
Books - Several books of collections of his works are available, such as: Dreams: The Art of Boris Vallejo (1999), Mirage (1997), Fantasy Art Techniques (1985), The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo (1980).
Biography of Julie Bell
Julie Bell (born 1958 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American painter. A fantasy artist, she is a former bodybuilder and fantasy model for her husband, painter Boris Vallejo.
One of her most famous and recognized artwork is Lilandra, which has been used as the cover for 'The Julie Bell Portfolio' and reprinted in several of her books.
Books: The Julie Bell Portfolio (2000) , Soft As Steel : The Art of Julie Bell (1999), The Julie Bell Portfolio (2000) Soft As Steel : The Art of Julie Bell (1999), and Hard Curves (1996) .
She also designed the cover art for Meat Loaf's album Bat out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose and its first single "It's All Coming Back to Me Now".
In 2007, Bell and her husband Vallejo illustrated the poster for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.
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