Baker, Chris

Tagged: Art

(1960-    ) Working name of British artist Christopher Baker, also known by his pseudonym Fangorn. He first garnered a reputation for painting book covers, mostly Fantasy novels by Robert Asprin and Brian Jacques (1939-2011); he was also the artist for two Graphic Novels based on novels by David Gemmell and Stan {NICHOLLS}. However, after being hired by Stanley Kubrick to work on his planned film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), he stayed with the project when Steven Spielberg took over and has since worked mostly for films, including The Time Machine (2002), War of the Worlds (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), and Alice in Wonderland (2010). In 2007, he won a British Science Fiction Association Award for "Angelbot", his cover for Ian Whates's anthology Time Pieces (anth 2006), strikingly depicting an angelic figure with exposed mechanical parts; another BSFA Award for best artwork followed in 2020, for his cover for Wourism and Other Stories (coll 2019) by Ian Whates. His other paintings frequently combine subdued colours with whimsical warmth. [GW]

Christopher Baker

born Birmingham, England: 17 August 1960




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