Robert Peak, American (1927 - 1992)
Considered "the father
of the contemporary movie poster," Bob Peak totally transformed
the approach to movie advertising from basic collages of film
stills or head shots to flamboyant artistic illustrations. After
his first poster for West Side Story in 1960, he went on to
create more than 100 posters for such films as Camelot, My Fair
Lady, Superman, Apocalypse Now, Excalibur and Star Trek III,
just to name a few.
Although a large percentage of his work
was for the film industry, Peak was not short on editorial assignments
with 45 covers of Time Magazine featuring his illustrations
-most notably the portrait of Mother Teresa.
Peak’s success was a result of being flexible. It kept
him moving and won him eclectic assignments: in 1964 he hunted
Ibex with the Shah of Iran for Sports Illustrated; he received
the largest commission for an individual artist from the U.S.
Postal Service, to design over 30 stamps and 31 watercolor paintings
depicting various historical Olympic moments for the 1984 Los
Peak was one of the most prolific and influential artists in
his profession. Although he took pride in being a commercial
illustrator he also found room for personal expression as a
gallery fine art painter. His work has been featured in One
Man Shows too numerous to mention and is in the permanent collections
of the Smithsonian Institute, the American Museum of Sports,
and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, among
The 40th Anniversary Issue of Communication Arts magazine included
Bob Peak among the top 18 pioneers of the industry who made
major contributions to visual communication over the previous
four decades, helping to shape and define the field.