- Bob Peak
Robert "Bob" M. Peak (
May 30, 1927– August 1, 1992) was an American commercial illustratorbest known for innovative design in the development of the modern movie poster.
Early life and career
Bob Peak was born in
Denver, Coloradoand grew up in Kansas. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a commercial illustrator. He majored in geologyfrom Wichita State Universityand got a part time job in the art department of McCormick-Armstrong. After serving the military during the Korean War, Peak transferred to the Art Center College of Designin Los Angeles, California, graduating in 1951.
In 1953, Peak moved to
New York City, landed an Old Hickory Whiskeyad campaign. His work went on to appear in major advertising and national magazines.
United Artistsmovie studio hired Peak in 1961 to help promote "West Side Story". Peak later illustrated posters for films including "My Fair Lady", "Camelot", "Rollerball" (1975), the first six "" films, "Superman" (1978), " In Like Flint", and " Apocalypse Now".
Peak received a commission from the
U.S. Postal Serviceto design 30 stamps for the 1984 Summer Olympicsin Los Angeles and the 1984 Winter Olympicsin Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
Peak also taught in his own college and later at Art Students League, New York and Famous Artists School.
In 1961, Peak was named Artist of the Year by the
Artists Guild of New York. He won eight Awards of Excellence and four gold medals from Society of Illustrators, which in 1977 Society of Illustratorshim to its Hall of Fame. " The Hollywood Reporter" presented him the 1992 Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
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