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Bob Peak was one of the most prolific and flamboyant illustrators of the 20th century, he revolutionized advertising in the film industry and is considered the “Father of the modern movie poster.” He totally transformed the approach to movie advertising from basic collages of film stills or head shots to colorful flowing illustrations. In 1961United Artist hired Peak  to design the poster for “West Side Story.” Using his flashy mixed media style, of acrylic, pastel, line-work, and airbrush garnered him over 100 such posters, among them “ West Side Story”  “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Rollerball,”  all the “Star Trek,” films “Superman” and “Apocalypse Now.” His iconic style was on the cover of TIME magazine 45 times.

Born in Denver 1927, Colorado, Peak grew up in Kansas. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a commercial illustrator. At age seven, he received a gift of brushes and paints, and by age nine he was drawing recognizable likenesses. He attended Wichita State University where he majored in geology with a minor in art and got a part time job in the art department of McCormick-Armstrong. That is where he gained the confidence to choose an art career and learned the skill of versatility-doing layout, illustration and lettering. After a stint in the military during the Korean War, Peak transferred to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California and graduated in 1951. In 1953 Peak moved to New York, landed an Old Hickory Whiskey ad campaign, and from that point on his career skyrocketed. His work appeared in major advertising and national magazines. Sports Illustrated sent him on assignments throughout the world, including a safari to hunt ibex with the Shah of Iran.  He also designed numerous concept cars for FERRARI and owned several. He received the largest commission of an individual artist from the U.S. Postal Service to design 30 stamps for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California and 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  Peak died of a sudden brain hemorrhage at the age of 64 still in his prime, leaving behind a legacy of flash that still holds up to today's digital world of design.

Peak circa 1960's With his original painting for "CAMELOT"

preliminary sketches 


great charcoal drawing by Peak from the 70's
(For C. Parker) his screen saver.

Apocalypse Now

Thanks for all your help  B. P.  you were amazing.
It was a pleasure knowing you.

I had the opportunity to spend time with
Claes back in the day. He is an amazing man and visionary.
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b.1929 Stockholm

Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1929. After living in New York City, Rye, New York, and Oslo, Norway, he moved to Chicago in 1936. Oldenburg attended Yale University from 1946 to 1950 and became an American citizen in 1953. Following work as an apprentice reporter at the Chicago City News Bureau and studies at The Art Institute of Chicago, he settled permanently in New York City in September 1956. Using as his subject matter the common and commercial objects in his urban surroundings, especially the city’s Lower East Side, Oldenburg established himself at the beginning of the 1960s with a series of installations and performances His audacious, witty, and profound depictions of everyday objects have earned him a reputation as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. During this intensely productive period Oldenburg redefined the relationship between painting and sculpture and between subject and form.  objects made from cardboard, burlap, and newspaper that together create an panorama of a gritty and bustling city. Currently on view at the MOMA The Store features brightly painted sculptures and sculptural reliefs shaped to evoke commercial products and comestibles. cigarettes, lingerie, and hamburgers all become viable subjects for art. In 1964, after showing sculptures based on European edibles in Paris, he returned to New York and, continuing to use ordinary, everyday objects as his means of expression, developed "soft" sculptures and fantastic proposals for buildings and civic monuments. Oldenburg lives and works in New York.



C. O. during an installation, circa 1960's

 Oldenburg  and R. Rauschenberg horsing around during an opening late 60's   photo by Dennis Hopper 

Many of his later works were made in collaboration with his wife and artist , Coosje van Bruggen

 Oldenburg  present day still going strong.
GO  C. O. !

check out some of his soft sculptures currently at the MOMA, nyc 

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