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Brautigam, Don

Entry updated 6 October 2021. Tagged: Artist.

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(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

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