John Avon

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John Avon
Born1961 (age 57–58)
Notable work
Magic: The Gathering

John Avon (born 1961 in Cardiff, Wales) is a fantasy and science fiction illustrator. Avon has published a book of his work and his work has been used for book covers, CD covers, games, toys and advertising campaigns.[1] He is best known for his artworks for the collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering, of which he has produced over 200 paintings.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Avon completed an art foundation course near to where he grew up in Cardiff, and gained a BA in graphic design in Brighton.[3] He began his art career in 1983 with commercial advertising.[3]

He has painted book covers for authors Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Arthur C. Clark and Harry Harrison.[4][3]

Avon is one of the most prolific Magic: The Gathering artists, having painted over 280 unique cards,[5] mostly landscapes on 'Basic Land' cards. For the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, he created the image for the Water Elemental card which is used in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.[6]

In 2014 he successfully used the Kickstarter crowd funding website to raise funds for an illustrated book of his work, Journeys to Somewhere Else (2015).[7]

Avon is married to the illustrator Patricia MacCarthy, with whom he has two sons[8] and lives in Saltdean, near Brighton and Hove, England.[3] He also composes, plays and records music on the guitar and piano.[4]


  • Journeys to Somewhere Else. Self-published / John Avon Art, 2015. Hardback ISBN 9780993109706. Deluxe edition of 500 copies ISBN 9780993109713. Illustration and text.


  1. ^ "John Avon's web site". Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  2. ^ Magic: The Gathering card search for John Avon Archived 2015-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d "The quintessential land man: Behind the Canvas: John Avon", Wizards of the Coast. Accessed 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Avon, John. "John Avon – Fantasy Art – Biography Archived 2010-09-15 at the Wayback Machine", Retrieved September 22, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Most Prolific Artist". Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  6. ^ "Water Elemental", Curse, Inc.. Accessed 28 June 2014.
  7. ^ "'Journeys to Somewhere Else' by John Avon", Kickstarter. Accessed 28 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Firle Artists -". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2011-07-10. External link in |title= (help)

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