Chris Foss is probably best known for the fleet of vast, intricately detailed and distinctly travel-worn spaceships he unleashed upon an unsuspecting science fiction world in the early 1970s. Almost overnight the face of space hardware as it appeared on book covers and in films was transformed as other illustrators and conceptual designers borrowed or simply stole his original concept.

Books featuring Foss illustrations include the 1970s British paperback covers for Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, several of Edmund Cooper novels, and E. E. (Doc) Smith’s Lensman and Skylark series. Some of the art he did produce was specific to the stories, and some examples of this are the covers he did for the Grafton publications of the Demon Princes novels by Jack Vance in the late 1980s, Star King, The Killing Machine, The Place of Love, The Face and The Book of Dreams.

He was born in 1946 and spent his formative years both in Devon and Guernsey. Encouraged by an Art Master at school, he began sketching the railways around Devon that he travelled on and also, strongly influenced by Graham Sutherland, landscapes. This led to an abiding passion – machines in landscapes.

Later encouraged by the same teacher, he won a scholarship to a public school in Dorset. He escaped as often as possible to sketch the semi-derelict shipyards and harbour at nearby Poole. While visiting family on Guernsey, where he spent some time as a child, he also became fascinated by the remains of the German occupation during World War II – the crumbling concrete bastions which briefly transformed the island into a sea fortress.

After spending some time at Cambridge University, he found work as an architectural draughtsman and designer. 1968, however, saw his inevitable move towards life as a freelance artist. His childhood passion for railways is now only surpassed by a passion for art, especially the depiction of machines in landscapes.

Chris is almost certainly the most admired illustrator working in the science-fiction field, and since the 1970s his work has continuously been in demand by publishers and filmmakers the world over. He has worked on major movies including “Superman”, “Flash Gordon”, “Alien” as well as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Dune”. His versatility extends to illustrating the two highly successful books the “Joy of Sex” and “More Joy of Sex.”

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Collectable Paper Tiger Poster Packs – with Illustrations

 

Chris Foss produced a set of posters in 1990 which was published by Paper Tiger Publishers. These are a first edition set of 22 posters with interior spines reinforced by Chris who has then drawn illustrations onto the tape. He has then decorated the inside cover with illustrations of spaceships and signed them, making each poster pack unique.  These 32 year old collectable poster packs are available for £120.

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Collectable Grafton Poster Packs – with illustrations

 

Chris Foss produced a set of posters in 1989 which was published by Grafton Publishers. These are a first edition set of 10 posters. Chris has decorated the inside cover of each pack with illustrations of spaceships and signed them, making each poster pack unique. These 33 year old collectable poster packs are available for £60.

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Grafton Poster Packs from 1989 – Unsigned

Published in 1989, these 33 year old poster packs contain 10 posters of Chris Foss paintings. They are shrink-wrapped and available to purchase at £20.

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