John Alvin

As a design student, I was disheartened to learn over the weekend of the death of John Alvin, who was perhaps the preeminent poster artist of his generation.  You may not know his name, but if you’ve been to a movie theater in the past few decades you’ve almost certainly been exposed to his work.  A true artist, Alvin often imbued his posters with an effervescent glow that tended to place his work somewhere between the golden haze of Old Hollywood and our contemporary cinema.  He will be missed.  (A gallery of many of his posters can be seen here.)

Blade Runner

E.T.

Short Circuit

Hook

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