- Arts and Design
Bob Peak - Legends of Movie Poster Art vol.2
A tribute to Bob Peak, one of Hollywood’s greatest film poster artists.
Robert M. Peak was born in Denver, Colorado in 1927. He had always wanted to be an illustrator from a young age. Serving his country in the Korean war he moved to California where he attended the Art Center College of Design, he graduated in 1951.
He started working in advertising during the 1950’s, he also contributed artwork to various magazines.
In 1961 Bob Peak was hired by United Artists to create a poster for the musical West Side Story, this led to more poster work for films including Camelot, In Like Flint, My Fair Lady, Kaleidoscope, Modesty Blaise and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Bob Peak created 45 covers for Time Magazine. He also contributed artwork for TV Guide and Sports Illustrated.
In 1984 he designed 30 stamps for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, the largest commission of an individual artist from the U.S. Postal Service.
Bob Peak’s poster for Star Trek the Motion Picture is one of his most famous works, he also created the posters to the first four Trek sequels.
The Society of Illustrators elected him to its Hall of Fame in 1977. and in 1992 the Hollywood Reporter presented him with the Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award for his 30 years of outstanding contribution to the film industry,
His paintings of Marion Brando, Mother Teresa and Anwar Sadat hang in the Smithsonian Institution.
Bob Peak died in August 1992, he was 64 years old.
Some of the films Bob Peak worked on -
West Side Story (1961)
Modesty Blaise (1966)
In Like Flint (1967)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Funny Girl (1968)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
The Yakuza (1974)
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
Superman the Movie (1978)
Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)
The Wiz (1979)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
The Dark Crystal (1981)
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V The Final frontier (1989)