- Arts and Design
Reynold Brown - Legends of Movie Poster Art vol.1
A pictorial tribute to one of my favourite movie poster artists.
Reynold Brown was born in 1917 in Los Angeles. He produced over 250 movie posters between 1951 and 1970, many of them classics in the field. He also contributed artwork for numerous magazine illustrations as well as fine art pieces for the gallery art market.
He worked as an artist at North American Aviation during World War II, which was where he met his wife Mary Louise Tejeda, also an artist. After the war he illustrated magazines such as Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, Popular Science and Popular Aviation. He also drew many paperback book covers
He taught at the Art Center College of Design where he met the art director at Universal Pictures, Misha Kallis. Through Kallis, Brown began a career in film poster work, his first poster was for the Gregory Peck film The World in His Arms (1952). Brown's painting for the poster of John Wayne's The Alamo (1960) hung for many years at the actual Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
Reynold Brown suffered a severe stroke in 1976 which left his left side paralyzed and ended his commercial work. But with the help of his wife he continued to paint landscapes until his death in 1991.