Reinganum, Victor

Tagged: Art

(1907-1995) UK artist associated with British Surrealism (see Illustration) before 1940, as demonstrated in his illustrations for Straw in the Hair: An Anthology of Nonsensical and Surrealist Verse (anth 1938) edited by Denys Kilham Roberts (1903-1976) (see Poetry). Much of his work was for fiction outside the sf field, including most of the early novels, some of fantasy interest, of Muriel Spark [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Though under-utilized in sf proper, he produced acknowledged covers for Robert Lindner's The Jet-Propelled Couch (1955), Paul Capon's Into the Tenth Millennium (1956), Henri Queffélec's Combat contre l'invisible (1958; trans Jonathan Griffin as Frontier of the Unknown 1960) and Thomas Hinde's Ninety Double Martinis (1963); it is assumed that further sf work remains uncredited. His work tends to biomorphic abstraction, rather like some of the earlier work of Richard Powers, though Reinganum had little interest in perspective. [JC]

Edward Victor Reinganum

born London: 13 September 1907

died Tunbridge Wells, Kent: 24 January 1995

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