Graham Kennedy, a Manchester-based artist who tells me he has been drawing the Bible for the past five years, dropped a line to the Bear Alley blog to say that he was looking for information on Paul Rainer. Well, I've drawn a blank. I know he was an active illustrator in the 1960s and did quite a bit of artwork for Look and Learn and Bible Story but as far as personal information goes I've found nothing.
He illustrated a couple of series in Look and Learn including 'People and Plants' in 1966, the excellent 'Who Said...?' in 1967 and various others in 1968-69. Before that, he was one of the regular illustrators for Bible Story, illustrating 'The Story of the Life of Jesus' (1964). You can find quite a few examples of his artwork on the Look and Learn Picture Gallery.
If anyone knows anything about Rainer or knows where else his artwork appeared, drop me a line.
(* Artwork © Look and Learn Magazine Ltd.)