Roger Hane, Illustrator

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If you were a fan of C.S. Lewis, during the 60s and early 70s, the illustrations by Roger Hane (b.1939) would be familiar. His surreal covers for all the Lewis “Chronicles of Narnia” paperbacks, as well as scores of other paperback books, record albums, and magazine illustrations were ubiquitous. That is until in 1974 when he was murdered while riding his bike in Central Park. The shock of this senseless loss reverberated throughout the publishing industry. 
 
Now, thanks to J. David Spurlock’s Vanguard Productions, Hane’s work is about to be newly appreciated. In an extensive monograph, Roger Hane: Art, Times & Tragedy by Robert C. Hunsicker, an evolution from sketchy renderings to monumental fantasy paintings are reprised. Hane’s work was emblematic of the era when magic realism and fantastic tableau were popular. Seeing this work recalls a unique period of illustration history when symbolic narrative art was at its peak.
 

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

3 thoughts on “Roger Hane, Illustrator

  1. gearon

    Beautiful work to be sure. Since I was born in 75 I clearly missed his heyday however as soon as I saw these I recognized his legacy extended to the 80s and beyond in the form of the artwork on “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

    A quick google didn’t reveal the originator of these illustrations but I think the inspiration seems clear…

    http://ilovemeandthem.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/choose-your-own-adventure-covers-excerpt.jpg

  2. gearon

    Beautiful work to be sure. Since I was born in 75 I clearly missed his heyday however as soon as I saw these I recognized his legacy extended to the 80s and beyond in the form of the artwork on “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

    A quick google didn’t reveal the originator of these illustrations but I think the inspiration seems clear…

    http://ilovemeandthem.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/choose-your-own-adventure-covers-excerpt.jpg

  3. gearon

    Beautiful work to be sure. Since I was born in 75 I clearly missed his heyday however as soon as I saw these I recognized his legacy extended to the 80s and beyond in the form of the artwork on “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

    A quick google didn’t reveal the originator of these illustrations but I think the inspiration seems clear…

    http://ilovemeandthem.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/choose-your-own-adventure-covers-excerpt.jpg

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