Entry updated 6 October 2021. Tagged: Artist.
(1946-2008) US artist, active in the sf, Fantasy and Horror genres from 1974 until early in the new century, who worked mostly with acrylics and airbrush; he was sometimes credited in error as Don Brautigan and once as Don Brautigom. His first recorded sf cover was for the 1974 paperback reissue of The Galactic Rejects (1973) by Andrew J Offutt, which like other early work depicted human figures and faces in photorealistic style, as also with his cover showing the title character of Michaelmas (1977) by Algis Budrys. A more surreal and symbolic vein can be seen in the painting of a part-bandaged hand studded with eyes for Night Shift (coll 1979) by Stephen King, for whom Brautigam created several further cover designs through the 1980s and 1990s; he was associated in similar fashion with Dean R Koontz. He also painted many record album covers.
The year of Brautigam's death saw the publication of the lavishly produced Don Brautigam: A Portfolio (graph coll 2008), a retrospective collection of his work with a print run limited to 75 copies; the above-cited Night Shift image is on the front cover. [DRL]
Donald P Brautigam
born Paterson, New Jersey: 12 September 1946
died 27 January 2008
- Don Brautigam: A Portfolio (Lakewood, Colorado: Centipede Press, 2008) [coll: graph: hb/Don Brautigam]
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