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Christopher Rush
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Status Inactive: Alpha to Time Spiral
Style Comic book art style
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artist:"Christopher Rush"

Christopher "Chris" Rush was one of the original 25 Magic: The Gathering artists. He passed away on February 10, 2016.[1]


As a staffer at Wizards of the Coast, he worked as a designer on many projects. Most notably Magic, Netrunner and Pokemon. As such, he designed and colored the Magic card back with Jesper Myrfors, and he also designed the original mana symbols.[2][3][4][5]

A an artist, Rush has painted cards in many sets. His artistic work is typically easy to pick out as it bears a strong resemblance to comic book artwork featuring recognizable lines and simple backgrounds. He has worked on many extremely notable cards and has the distinction of working on three of the most expensive cards in the game: Black Lotus, Shichifukujin Dragon, and 1996 World Champion.[6] Chris was initially a Wizards of the Coast staff member and worked on many of their other products including Pokemon and Netrunner. In 1999, he left Wizards to work as a freelance artist living in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.[7] He is also the person that suggested that basic lands could be represented by full art cards.[8]

In 1999 He left Wizards to pursue a freelance career in illustration and design, working on conceptual art for computer games.

In 2006, Christopher was one of several retro artists brought back during Time Spiral to recapture the early feel of the game.[9] Unfortunately he didn't continue after Time Spiral, and despite his popularity remained fairly reclusive.



  1. Wizards of the Coast (February 11, 2016). "Christopher Rush". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Daniel Chang (2010-05-12). " presents MTG Artist Jesper Myrfors' Estate Collection :: Part 4 of 8". MTG Stores. Retrieved on 2010-09-10.
  3. Daniel Chang (2010-05-12). " presents MTG Artist Jesper Myrfors' Estate Collection :: Part 7 of 8". MTG Stores. Retrieved on 2014-10-05.
  4. Mark Rosewater (October 7, 2020). "Who is the artist of the MTG backs?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  5. IslandSwamp (April 14, 2016). "Magic History: Art of Darkness with Jesper Myrfors".
  6. Wizards of the Coast (June 8, 2004). "US Nationals Artist: Chris Rush". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater (February 14, 2005). "Land of the Rising Fun". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater (April 30, 2007). "Timeshift After Timeshift". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Matt Cavotta (October 26, 2006). "The Time Spiral Magic Museum". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Monty Ashley (May 10, 2010). "Alternate Moxen". Wizards of the Coast.

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