Basil Gogos News
A Tribute to Basil Gogos: King of the Monster Kids
September 19, 2017
Something that has to be said and championed about the magic of late great artist Basil Gogos was his uncanny ability to both pay tribute to the makeup artists who designed and brought to life the cinematic monsters he painted for Famous Monsters of Filmland, and also – how in doing that – he birthed his own unique vision and interpretation of such celluloid creature creations. To say that Gogos was an incredible talent would be an understatement, because on top of being an artist who paid homage to the world of movie monsters, he also created iconic works unto themselves that were just as vibrant and exciting to look at as they were in the movies they populated. Horror movie lovers for decades have now come to recognize Gogos’s covers for famed periodicals such as Famous Monsters of Filmland as vital and important images celebrating a rogue’s gallery of beloved filmic outsiders and misfits.
Basil Gogos, Who Painted Monsters With Love, Dies at 88
September 26, 2017
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of world-renowned artist and our good friend, Basil Gogos, who passed away on Septemeber 14th at his home in New York.
Mr. Gogos was born on March 12, 1929, in Alexandria, Egypt, to parents of Greek ancestry who had also been born in Egypt. Mr. Gogos attended art schools in Washington and then studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. While there, he made his first sale: the cover of “Pursuit,” a western novel by Lewis B. Patten.
He started his career illustrating adventure stories for various men’s magazines, but it was his penetrating and chilling color portraits of movie monsters like Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Phantom of the Opera that brought him world-wide recognition.
In recent years, Mr. Gogos created works commissioned by Johnny Dep, Nicholas Cage and other luminaries.
He is survived by his wife, the celebrated artist Linda Touby.