Boris 3 Prism Trading Cards
Created by Boris Vallejo in the 1990s, this series of trading cards features amazing art as well as flashy / prism color! Comic Images produced the set in 1993.
Boris 3 Card Scans
1 GYMNASTICS Boris claims people often wonder what this painting has to do with gymnastics, to which he responds, "I see a balance beam artist, parallel bars and a rope climber when I look at this painting!"
2 TREE OF DEATH This painting was done in 1979 as a bookcover for Doubleday. Al-though it's often the case that the title of the paint-ing would reflect the title of the book, in this case, Boris admits, it did not. " 'Tree of Death' is just a catchy name I can't even recall the name of the book."
3 THE FURIES Boris' current love, Julie Bell, posed for the main figure in this 1991 painting. He calls the painting ironic, explaining that "any-one who knows Julie knows that she is a warm, patient, kind person ... the painting is so inconspicuous of who she really is."
4 CHROME ROBOT STUDY This study, done in 1984 for a series of short stories by Isaac Asimov, represents what Boris calls "the triumph of technology." While the sketch was done without a model, the finished piece (Card #44 in this series) utilized the services of a bodybuilder Boris met at a gym he frequented.
5 KALEVANPOJAT The demonic Finnish folklore giant, Kalevanpojat, was created by the goddess Aliej from burned trees after a forest fire. Kalevanpojat was given the ability to turn fertile land into heaps of stones with the power of this magic sickle, but he could also convert wasteland
6 HIPPOCAMPUS Boris used Julie Bell, his current love, as the model for this 1991 painting. Although he's careful not to over-use one model, Boris enjoys working with Julie because she is an artist as well, and has "a good appreciation of the other side of what's needed on the lens."
7 WINTER GODDESS Boris enjoys painting animals, but says they don't always fit into the specific style or niche he has developed for himself. Of this painting, he says, "As I look at it right now, if I were to do it again I probably would place even more emphasis on the polar bear than I did."
8 ANATH SLAYS THE WARRIORS Boris says of the story behind this painting, "It's a miracle it ever made it to completion!" This was the final painting for Boris' 1989 calendar. Up against a dead-line, he suddenly found himself bedridden with back trouble. Undaunted, Boris continued to paint from his bed, but he would often fall asleep from the medication and awaken to find the painting had fallen onto his face! Nonetheless he managed to finish it on schedule. Boris' former wife, Doris, and his son, Dorian, were the only models for this painting.
9 RIDERS FROM THE PAST In this painting, ancient men on horseback literally approach the future with apprehension and curiosity. Boris believes in the triumph of technology and the future, and enjoys doing paintings such as this to ex-press it.
10 BURNING This painting was done for Boris' book, Mirage. He used the same model throughout the book, but says he would shy away from a move like that today. "It seems a bit repetititive ...," he ex-plains.
11 MEDEA Boris did this painting for the 1992 book, "Ladies," Boris says that, since he has been painting and illustrating for so many years, "I don't always have to think about the process. A lot of the things I do in a painting are totally spontaneous ... there's not always a real active thought process going on."
12 CORONIS This was one of the ten paintings Boris did for his most recent book, "Ladies." Accord-ing to Boris, the main character of this painting is discovering her own death.
13 ICARUS IN FLIGHT Boris calls the model for this 1988 painting "striking." He met the model in a gym where they both trained, and the two became friends. Boris also encountered some criticism for abandoning con-vention and por-traying Icarus as an African Ameri-can. However, he retorts, "I'm interested only in doing a good painting ...whether (the model) is black, white. Oriental or what-ever ..
14 PANDORA Boris' latest book, titled "Ladies," features this 1990 painting. While he did another rendition of Pandora for a calendar. Boris felt that this painting "indicated even moreso the curiosity of Pandora... which, of course, was her doom and the doom of humanity."
15 DEJANIRA Dejanira doesn't usually make top billing in Boris' mind when the two appear together in a painting. "I've always liked, of course, the image of Hercules as ... the epitome of bodybuilding," he says, "but this work was done for `Ladies,' and so the dominant As the mythological figure had to be cal wife of Her Dejanira."
16 IRON MAN Boris did this painting as a promotional piece for the Iron Man Triathalon, a bodybuilding/fitness competition held in Hawaii. He en-joys painting in metallics, and is finding more and more opportunities such as this to do it. While the colorful shirt emphasizes the con-test's tropical locale, Boris was careful not to "overdo the color and take away from the feeling of the iron."
17 JOTUN The Jotun was a benevolent angel-demon in Ger-manic mythology. The Valkyries made offerings to him in exchange for strength to help them in battle. The Jotun could adopt different shapes and would often act while remain-company the ing invisible to Valkyrie to compopponents.
18 DIVING For this 1986 painting, Boris used a model he met at a gym where he trained. He points out that, during the photo shoot, he's forced to be creative in arranging poses that will translate into realistic action in the painting. "I had to photograph this women from above as she was laying arched on a board," Boris explains.