Since I’ve been doing a considerable number of art card sets recently, I figured I might as well continue with that trend because there are so many really good artists out there and, I’ll be honest, in the 1990s, card companies really did go overboard making card sets about just about any well known sci-fi or fantasy artist they could find.
Chris Achilleos is a well known painter and illustrator, born in 1947 in Cyprus but currently lives in the UK. He specializes in both fantasy and glamour work and has had his paintings featured in magazines like Heavy Metal and Radio Times, as well as doing promotional and conceptual artwork for properties like Doctor Who and Conan the Barbarian. He created the rather infamous cover for Whitesnake’s 1979 album Lovehunter, which featured a naked woman straddling a giant serpent and it generated so much controversy that he swore off working for rock groups thereafter, although he did the cover art for the 2003 rock opera The Once And Future King by Gary Hughes.
In 1992, FPG put out a 90-card series of Chris Achilleos artwork, simply called Achilleos. So many people were storing cards in 9-panel plastic sheets that most card companies had made their cards a standard 90-cards, up from the traditional 88-card format that pervaded through the 80s. It featured a wide selection of fantasy and pinup subjects that Chris is well known for and was popular enough for a second series to be released in 1995.
As always, click on the individual images to blow them up and I hope you enjoyed this look at the artwork of Chris Achilleos! Look forward to more!