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Chris Achilleos (b. 1947)
Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, he now lives and works in London. Achilleos is an artist and illustrator known for his glamour
art and fantasy images such as Dragons and Amazons inspired by mythology and ancient
civilizations. His work has been
collected and showcased in four art books: Amazona, Medusa, Sirens, and Beauty
and the Beast. He is also recognized
for the original Star Trek, Target,
and Dr. Who book-cover
illustrations. He has painted book
covers for novels by fantasy authors Michael Moorcock, Edgar Rice Burrough, and
Robert E. Howard. In addition, he worked
on the movies Heavy Metal, Willow, King Arthur, and The Last
He moved with his mother and siblings to London after his
father died. Shortly after the move, he
began drawing and knew he wanted to become a professional artist.
He attended Hornsey College of Art,
graduating in 1969. There he studied
technical illustration and learned about different drawing disciplines,
perspective and airbrushing.
Achilleos continues his work on the occasional book cover,
but now devotes much of his time to creating fantasy trading cards and selling
original art and prints.