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 Christopher (Chris) Foss  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: illustrator and painter-science fiction

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A science fiction book illustrator whose work featured "vast, colourful spaceships, machines and cities, often marked with mysterious symbols" and usually devoid of human figures, Chris Foss worked for several very well-known authors including Isaac Asimov, Edmund Cooper, Ian Gillan Band and E.E. "Doc" Smith Lensman.  He also did illustrations for the widely selling book, The Joy of Sex, based on original photographs of the book's art director and his wife.

His own book, Diary of a Spaceperson, was published in 1990 and contained many of his paintings and sketches including nudes of women.

Foss was born in Devon, England and studied art with a grant at a boarding school in Dorset.  To satisfy his family who did not want him to be an artist, he went to Cambridge University to study architecture, but quickly became disinterested.  He said: "Architects have absolutely NO intuition of the use of colours or shapes."

In 1966, he changed course, and using an airspray gun and drawing became prolific with a variety of illustrations.  He married and had a family and earned money driving rental cars, and in the early 1970s began making a living with his illustrations, some of which are described as giving "an idea of the future waiting for mankind on the border of the horizon." (chrisfoss)


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