(1981- ) UK illustrator known primarily for his striking illustration of urban Fantasy, dark Fantasy and horror subjects, but who has also illustrated sf – for example, John Scalzi's FTL starship-set novella The God Engines (2009). Chong received his formal art education at Manchester Metropolitan University and at Northumbria University, emerging from the latter with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. His first genre commission was to illustrate Joe Hill's "You Will Hear the Locust Sing" (Spring 2004 The Third Alternative #37); his first cover was for the Winter 2004 issue of The Third Alternative, a piece called Storyteller, and his first commissioned book cover was for Philip Emery's novel Necromantra (2005).
Chong works using digital media, photography and mixed media (paints, drawing, sculpture) in a style that is uniquely his own. His composition, design and colour sense seem to give him complete control of his medium, as does the obvious strength of his draughtsmanship. He has won the British Fantasy Award as Best Artist four times – in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 – and the Arno Art Award, in the Digital Imaging (Professional) category, in 2005. His book Altered States: The Art of Vincent Chong (2010) was nominated for a 2011 Best Nonfiction British Fantasy Award. [JGr]
born Stockport: 9 April 1981
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