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Chris Achilleos (born Christos Achilléos, 1947) is a painter and illustrator who specialises in fantasy artwork and glamour illustration. Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, his family emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1959, where he currently resides. He attended the Hornsey College of Art.
His work has appeared in Heavy Metal and Radio Times magazines, on book covers (including series based on the Conan the Barbarian character, TV's Doctor Who and the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series), and in collections of his own work. He has also worked on various film projects as a conceptual artist.
Achilleos created the controversial cover for Whitesnake's 1979 album, Lovehunter, which showed a naked woman straddling a giant serpent. In an interview with MelodicRock, Gary Hughes stated that Achilleos thereafter "had a policy of not working with bands". The original artwork, along with several other pieces, were stolen from him in the 1980s and sold to a private collector. However, he designed an album cover in 2003 with Gary Hughes' rock opera Once and Future King Part I.
Since 1990 he has mostly worked in designing fantasy trading cards as well as selling prints and original works of art.
Achilleos has published several book collections, including:
- Achilleos, Chris (October 2004). Amazona. London: Titan Books. p. 2. ISBN 1-84023-893-3.
- Biography on Chris Achilleos' website Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Interviews: Gary Hughes - Once And Future King". Melodicrock.com. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
He had a bad experience after his Lovehunter cover and for years he has had a policy of not working with bands anymore.
- "Entrevista". Chris Achilleos. Retrieved 2014-12-26.
- MelodicRock.com Interviews: Gary Hughes - Once And Future King