Feibush, Ray

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(1948-1998) UK artist, occasionally working as Raymond Feibush, known for the string of sf covers he produced for New English Library/NEL during the 1970s; he painted using primarily gouache and acrylics, sans airbrush, and often in a quasi-surrealist style – although as capable as any of producing more straightforward sf artwork. He spent his formative years in the US, attending Forest Hills High School, Forest Hills, New York State, whose alumni association remembers him as "the incredible artist who did so much in our yearbooks"; but in his late teens he returned to the UK in hope of studying art. Failing to obtain a grant, he turned to technical illustration. He painted at least some LP covers; it is said his cover for a recording of Milhaud's La Création du Monde received a Music Week design award, and he certainly did the sleeve for the Marsupilami LP Arena (1971). He illustrated "Goodbye" and "Sun King" in Alan Aldridge's book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (graph anth 1969). His first sf commission was for the cover of the 1971 Panther Books paperback of Ronald Hall's The Open Cage (1970). For most of the rest of the 1970s he was painting covers for NEL, including a set for that publisher's reissue of Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr juveniles and an Edgar Rice Burroughs cover, the 1973 NEL edition of Chessmen of Mars (1922). As was common for NEL's artists at the time, a number of his covers were reprinted in large format in the publisher's magazine Science Fiction Monthly, with several also being used as covers for that magazine. In the latter part of the decade Feibush painted at least a couple of covers for DAW Books, including a volume of E C Tubb's Dumarest Saga, Spectrum of a Forgotten Sun (1976); but thereafter, for reasons unknown, he dropped out of sf Illustration. It is possible that he moved back to the US, because he is credited with designing the cover for Richard Gordon Guindon's book Cartoons (graph coll 1980), published by the New York house Putnam. [JGr]

Raymond Feibush

born Liverpool, England: 22 January 1948

died East Kent: June 1998

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