While the name of Bob Peak may not be familiar to you. I can certainly assure you that you’ve seen at least one of his amazing pieces of art in your time. In particular if you are a lover – a connoisseur of films. For example Bob Peak is the one responsible for the iconic design of 1973’s Enter the Dragon one sheet.
The dystopian tones of 1975’s Rollerball?
Or how about the movie poster for 1981’s Excalibur?
That is in fact the tip of the iceberg, my friends. While Bob Peak got his start in advertising for magazines in 1953 – it was in 1961 when he found what I feel was his true calling. Movie posters. In addition it was that year that United Artists would hire Peak to come up with a design for their upcoming adaptation of West Side Story!
While that might be where Peak got his start he quickly began creating art for other films. Like 1964’s My Fair Lady. Work that shows why his work continues to inspire new generations of artists.
In all Bob Peak would go on to create over 130 film posters not to mention having his artwork featured in the likes of Time, Sports Illustrated, and the TV Guide.
Sadly Bob Peak passed away in 1992 but he truly left behind a stunning legacy of one sheet artwork. You can find out more about Peak by visiting the artist’s official site. Two in particular I found from his site made my jaw drop. The first being that alternate design for 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture used at the top of the post.
As well as this unused concept for 1983’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. Which can be purchased among many other pieces of art by Peak at Artphoric.com
Now that you’ve seen a little of some of my favorite artwork from Bob Peak. Take a moment and watch this episode of Beyond the Marquee with Jon Donahue.
In the the video, Donahue visits the DREW & BOB: Masters of Movie Art exhibit from 2014. Which featured artwork not only from Peak but Drew Struzan as well!