Bob Peak is best known by James Bond fans as the man responsible for designing the movie posters for The Spy Who Loved Me as well as the unused Licence Revoked concept artwork for what would ultimately be Timothy Dalton’s second 007 film.
Beginning this June, a world premiere exhibition celebrating Bob Peak—father of the modern hollywood poster—will be taking place in California. The show will include over 40 of Peak’s original illustrations, Fine Arts Paintings, and a new line of Limited Editions.
The full press release and details follow below:
The Spy Who Loved Me US 1-sheet Poster
One of the most imaginative and prolific illustrators of the 20th century, Bob Peak revolutionized advertising in the film industry and is considered the “father of the modern movie poster.” Peak transformed the approach to movie advertising from basic collages of film stills or head shots to flamboyant artistic illustrations. United Artists hired Peak in 1961 to help promote West Side Story. His innovative solution-painting characters and scenes into a single montage-became the first of over 100 such posters, among them My Fair Lady, Camelot, Rollerball, Star Trek, Superman and Apocalypse Now. Peak was not short on editorial assignments with 45 covers of Time Magazine featuring his illustrations-most notably the portrait of Mother Teresa.
In 1961 Peak was named Artist of the Year by the Artists Guild of New York, and in 1977 the Society of Illustrators elected him to its Hall of Fame. For his 30 years of outstanding contribution to the film industry, the Hollywood Reporter presented him the 1992 Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
Peak’s work is included in many permanent collections, and three of these paintings hang in the Smithsonian Institution, Anwar Sadat, Mother Teresa and Marlon Brando.
Bob Peak was an alumni of the Art Center College of Design.
World Premiere Limited EDITIONS
A new line of Limited Editions featuring a wide range of imagery and time periods. This includes a special edition of the “ACADEMY PLAYERS” Hollywood film legends originally painted for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
My Fair Lady Benefit Auction
A one of a kind edition of one 40″ x 60″ print of the final My Fair Lady movie poster key art will be auctioned off with the proceeds donated to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.
Reception and Show
RECEPTION: Saturday night, 7 to 11pm, June 6th, 2009
SHOW: June 6th through June 23rd, 2009
210 East Main St.
Alhambra CA 91801
gallery website: www.GalleryNuclues.com
For further information, visit the official website.
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