Wayne England passed away yesterday in Barnsley, England.
Wayne is well known for a plethora of Games Workshop images of Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, and the factions that surround the brand. His work on the factions of Chaos are seminal in 1980s and 1990s sourcebooks, from spot illustrations in black and white to hundreds upon hundreds of color illustrations to covers of space marines and their ongoing war against the Dark Eldar, Eldar, Necrons, Orks, Tau, and Tyranids in the 41st Millenium.
Images via Games Workshop
Wayne was also heavily commissioned in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, both as late as Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition. I recall his work vividly in the Forgotten Realms worlds.
I spoke with his agent Mark Aronowitz, and he mentioned the Facebook page Wayne England card commission samples and prices, as all future Wayne England signed cards, artist proofs (shown below—astonishing good work), future efforts to help the family through potential unique products, and more. We, as the Magic community, have been delighted by his images for over a hundred Magic card artworks, and to prevent a bombardment to the family during this time, please send all information regarding anything Magic to that page.
Nephalia Seakite by Wayne England
Scaled Wurm by Wayne England
Additionally, Mark set up a page for all his fans, friends, and family to write memories to him at A tribute to Wayne England Friend Friend Father Husband Artistic Genius:
I encourage every Magic player influenced by his work and those who had an interaction with him at a Grand Prix to convey what his art means to you and to write something. The art is what will endure for us, and I urge you to share how you interact with and love his work. It lives on with each of us.
Wayne England is survived by his wife Victoria and children Harry and Millie. He was 56.