Bob Peak: Creating the Modern Movie Poster
“Peak became perhaps the definitive poster artist of the 1960s…Peak’s designs, with their fresh, integrated way of combining the star portraits and scene clips that American movie posters have long relied on, have proven to have a lasting influence.”
Dave Kehr in Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design
Artist and designer Bob Peak (1927–1992) has been hailed as the “father of the modern Hollywood movie poster.” His unique style of motion picture advertising imagery will be on display in the Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery, where colorful, graphically complex original paintings done for iconic movie poster campaigns are shown alongside the final one-sheet posters for such titles as “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Superman,” “Star Trek – The Motion Picture” and “Apocalypse Now.” Multiple designs are presented for nearly 50 films from among the more than 100 campaigns he designed in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Among his many awards and accolades, Peak received the Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hollywood Reporter in 1992 for 30 years of outstanding contributions to the film industry. He was only the second person to receive this honor; the first, just the year before, was another legendary graphic designer, Saul Bass.