The Borisography: N

Naked Warriors (1987)
Arena (1987), Boris Vallejo Artwork for the 1988 video release of Naked Warriors, a 1974 Roger Corman movie starring Pam Grier which was originally released as The Arena.
National Lampoon's European Vacation
National Lampoon's European Vacation, Boris Vallejo B4.45
FAT 85
Movie poster for National Lampoon's European Vacation (Warner Bros, 1985.)

The producers of the movie wanted Chevy Chase to look like a superhero, so Boris put his (Chase's) head on another body.

National Lampoon's Vacation
National Lampoon's Vacation, Boris Vallejo Movie poster for National Lampoon's Vacation (Warner Bros, 1983.)

I do not know whether or not this image is the right way round but it is laterally reversed when compared to the film poster.

You may also like to see Twenty-Fifth Anniversary which commemorates, as the name suggests, the 25th anniversary of the film.

Nebula (1989)
Starbridge, Boris Vallejo B4.68 Wrap-around cover for Starbridge by A C Crispin (Ace Books, 1989.)

That background is inspired by the M-42 nebula.

The Nebulon Horror (1979)
The Nebulon Horror, Boris Vallejo B4.53 Book cover for The Nebulon Horror by Hugh B Cave (Dell, 1980.)

This was the first time Boris' son Dorian, then 8, posed for a painting.

The title was misspelled as The Nebulan Horror on the trading card.

Neryds (1989)
The Water Nymphs, Boris Vallejo B2.46
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology.

Nessus (1991)
Nessus, Boris Vallejo BJ.29
Ladies 82
Illustration for the story of Deineira in Ladies.

Greek Mythology: Nessus was raping Deijaneira when Herakles shot him from across the river with an arrow poisoned with the blood of the Hydra.

Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go, Boris Vallejo 2021-Centre This romantic painting was used for the 2021 Fantasy Calendar centrepiece.
Never Say Never Again 1 (1983)
Never Say Never Again - preliminary art #1, Boris Vallejo FAT.62 One of two concept sketches for the Bond movie Never Say Never poster featuring Sean Connery. The concept was not approved for final production. Only the righthand side was featured in FAT.

The piece is not actually dated but I have assumed it would be the same as the second one, below, which is dated.

Never Say Never Again 2 (1983)
Never Say Never Again - preliminary art b, Boris Vallejo BoB.50 The second concept sketch for the Bond movie Never Say Never Again poster featuring Sean Connery. The design was not approved for final production.

I might add that my designation of 'first' and 'second' sketches is purely arbitrary.

Never Surrender (2004) (BJ)
The Rivals, Boris & Julie Imagstx.190 Regretably none of the sources give any information about this painting but I guess it was painted for Sony Online because the two figures appear in Combat too.
Never-Ending War (1995)
Never-Ending War, Boris Vallejo BJ.15
This picture was painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
New Born (2013)
New Born, Boris Vallejo 2015-Jan This painting first appeared in the 2015 Fantasy Calendar where it was used for the month of January.

Since 2000 Boris and Julie have reverted to reusing paintings for their calendars so in many cases it is not possible to say whether an artwork was produced for that purpose. However the date, and the fact that it is a square format, suggest that this one was originally intended for the calendar.

A New Dawn (2002)
Mistress of the Skies, Boris Vallejo 2004-Aug This was the wraparound design for a tankard issued by The Franklin Mint. It, or at least the right-hand portion, was also used for the 2004 Fantasy Calendar.

The preliminary artwork is dated 1999 whereas this painting is dated 2002 so clearly this was a rather protracted project.

New St Marks Baths
Mysterious Rider, Boris Vallejo Boris2
This was designed to advertise the reopening, after refurbishment, of St Marks Baths, New York in 1979. The New St Marks Baths, as it was renamed, became an exclusively gay bathhouse in the 1960s and flourished until it was closed by New York City's Department of Health, in December 1985, on health grounds.

The painting is undated but was apparently painted in 1978.

New York City: The 22nd Century
Futuristic NYC View, unknown artist I would guess that this is a magazine illustration but it is only a guess as I have absolutely no information regarding this unsigned artwork.

This painting was included here because it was sold by a major auction company as being by Boris. Doubts have been cast upon this attribution and further research shows that some four years later the same company sold the painting again, this time as a work by John Berkey. I found the painting on a John Berkey site where they are aware of its previous history. They opine that it isn't by Berkey nor do they think it is by Boris either suggesting instead that it may be the work of Cecil Kim. I think this new attribution unlikely since he has only been active since 1996 whereas Charles Martignette, the original collector of the painting, specialised in illustration and pin-up art from from a much earlier period. The jury is still out on this piece but I am inclining to the view that it is not by Boris.

The Next Dimension (1999)
The Next Dimension, Boris Vallejo 2000-Dec Another composite image created for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar: the girl, ably modelled by Julie Bell, has been superimposed upon the background from Moses.
Next Generation (1994)
Next Generation, Boris Vallejo '94 Painted for the Star Trek Master Series 2 trading card set (SkyBox, 1994) where it was issued in three parts as cards F4, F5 and F6. Julie Bell also did a painting which formed cards F7, F8 and F9.
Night (1989)
Night, Boris Vallejo B1.03
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.
Night of the Walking Dead
Night of the Walking Dead, Boris Vallejo This moody painting was the cover art for the August 1973 edition, issue #1, of Tales of the Zombie, published by Marvel Comics.
Night of the Snow Vampire
Night of the Snow Vampire, Boris Vallejo Cover art for the April 1974 edition of Vampire Tales.

The painting is undated but would have been completed in 1973 or 1974.

To Walk the Night, Boris Vallejo B4.57
Cover art for To Walk the Night by Jane Land (Ballantine, 1976.)

This is an early piece of a genre Boris is not fond of (because of the excess of clothing.)

Painted 1976, according to FABV.

Nikatjef (1993)
Nikatjef, Boris Vallejo B4.H3
Painted for the 1994 Mythology Calendar.

In Carpathian mythology, a tribe of insects known as the Lakin was responsible for order and organisation in the world while a band of menacing goblins known as the Hestas was constantly working to create disorder and destructiveness. The evil Hestas would prey upon the eggs of the Lakin in an effort to eliminate them because, once the eggs hatched, the insects were too powerful a match for the Hestas. A sprite-like creature called Nikatjef was named guardian of the eggs in this battle for balance and harmony.

Nike 1 (BJ)
Jermaine, Boris & Julie Imagix.086 A portrait of Jermaine o'Neal, who played for Indiana Pacers from 2001 - 2007, painted for Nike.

The painting is undated but I would guess that it was painted in 2002 because during that year the team used the retro 1972 outfit that o'Neal is shown wearing.

Nike 2 (BJ)
LeBron James, Boris & Julie One of a series of paintings of basketball players produced for Nike – this one depicts Lebron James.
Nike 3 (BJ)
Inner Wisdom, Boris & Julie Imagix.091 One of several paintings for Nike featuring LeBron James. As is often the case with joint Boris & Julie pieces, this is a composite image rather than a physical painting.
Nike 4 (BJ)
Haunted, Boris & Julie Imagix.079 Another image of LeBron James in the Nike series, once again it is a composite – Boris and Julie painting the various elements seperately then digitally combining them for the final result.
Nike 5 (BJ)
Temptation (Nike), Boris & Julie Imagix.075 One of a number of advertising paintings done for Nike, the sports outfitters.

According to Imaginistix this is a composite image with the figure of LeBron James actually being a photo.

Nine of Wands (2008)
Nine of Wands, Boris Vallejo Tarot This painting was published in the July 2008 edition of Heavy Metal as part of their ongoing Tarot series.

The painting is a somewhat atypical one since since it is missing the graphical elements included in all his others in the set.

No Place for Disgrace (1988)
No Place for Disgrace, Boris Vallejo B4.22 Album sleeve for the album of the same name by Flotsam and Jetsam (Elekra Records, 1988.) Thanks to Diana Hunter for the information.
Noah's Ark (1994)
Noah's ark (original), Boris Vallejo B4.20
This piece had apparently never previously been published prior to the trading cards. However, a modified version was published in the 2000 Fantasy Calendar under the title The Magician.
Nol Atun (1997)
Wings, Boris Vallejo 1998-Jan Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Nomads / Nomads of Gor
Nomads of Gor, Boris Vallejo B1.76
Cover art for Nomads of Gor (Ballantine, 1976) by John Norman.

Painted 1976.

Noobos (1981)
Scarecrow Angel, Boris Vallejo 1984-Jan
FAT 71
Painted for Mirage.
Not One More Step (2003)
Not One More Step, Boris Vallejo 2005-May This painting was featured for the month of May in the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.
Nothing But Trouble
Nothing But Trouble, Boris Vallejo B4.42 This was a promotional piece for the Chevy Chase movie Nothing But Trouble. Sadly, it wasn't used to publicise the movie.

Painting undated.

Nubian Warrior
Nubian Warrior, Boris Vallejo B1.15
FAT 45
Portfolio 6
April 1997
Painted for Portal Publications who published it as a decorative wall poster.

Nubian Warrior - detail, Boris VallejoThis piece is given the title Nubians in FAT. The painting seems not to have been finished, presumably because of deadline pressure - see the detail image, where it is evident that only one of the goblins has had the final coat of green added to his face.

Painting undated.

Nueva Vida (BJ)
Nueva Vida, Boris & Julie 2017-Apr Cover art for Curtis Oddo's self published 2015 album Nueva Vida (which translates as 'New Life'.) The painting was also used in the 2017 Fantasy Calendar.
Numdja (1990)
Numdja, Boris Vallejo B2.17
Painted for the 1991 Mythology Calendar.
Nyankopong and Elohda (1989)
Nyankopong and Elohda, Boris Vallejo B1.83
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.

Jamaican Mythology: The Lord of the Sky, Nyankopong, caught Elohda, the Mother Earth, baking little people out of clay. Some figures were still soft and white, while others who were baked longer were darker borwn, creating different races of men.

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