KEN LAAGER has enjoyed a long career as an illustrator of adventure subjects. His recent cover paintings for Hard Case Crime and Subterranean Press are winning him new recognition in today's pulp and fantastic art fields.
The native New Yorker studied with Will Eisner, Jack Endewelt, and Harvey Dinnerstien at the School Of Visual Arts in the early 1970s. He later settled in rural Pennsylvania to study the work of Howard Pyle and the Brandywine illustrators of the Golden Age.
Illustration assignments from major publishers soon followed. Laager painted cover art for Bantam/Doubleday, Ballentine, Signet, Penguin, Warner, Avon, Zebra and Dell. His corporate clients included GLOCK, Guinness Ltd., Hasbro and The Franklin Mint. For twenty-five years he served Outdoor Life as Field Editor/Artist-at-Large illustrating covers, feature articles and the monthly adventure strip This Happened To Me!. Other magazines, such as Reader’s Digest and the French police journal Pro Sècurité commissioned illustrations, as well.
Laager devoted many years to painting western art, and has been represented in some of that field's most prestigious galleries including Settlers West and Astoria Fine Art.
Inquires for commercial and private commissions are always welcome.
Interview with Western Fiction Review