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Victor Reinganum

Victor was an illustrator and painter, who, throughout his long career, worked on many issues of the Radio Times and illustrated numerous books. Gravitating between abstraction and surrealism, Reiganum’s paintings communicate a sense of satire and irony through eccentric fusions of architectural and animal forms. Deep undertones of dark metaphors can be deciphered from the behaviour of the paintings’ menacing inhabitants.

Victor was born in London 1907. He was educated at the Heatherley School of Fine Art. From 1924, his studies continued at the Academie Julian in Paris, where Leger accepted him as one of his six private students. After returning to London in 1926, one of the offices he visited with his portfolio of drawings was that of the Radio Times. T the art editor bought a drawing on the spot and starting Reinganum on his freelance career as an illustrator.
In due course, he became responsible, together with Eric Fraser, for the visual style of the Radio Times during the period.

At Bond Street’s Marlborough Art Gallery exhibition, Art in Britain – 1930-1940 Reinganum’s paintings hung alongside such names as Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Tristram Hillier, Piet Mondrian and Henry Moore. During the same decade, he lectured at Croydon College of Art in the Department of Graphic Design and Printing. In 1984, the Tate Gallery bought one of Reinganum’s works, `Diagram’, made in 1939.