OEUVRE by Drew Struzan. Titan Â£29.99
Reviewed by Peter Coleborn
Itâ€™s easy to forget that the film posters you see in magazines, outside the cinema â€“ maybe in your bedroom â€“ have to be created, often using original artwork rather than stills from the movie. For 30 years Drew Struzan has been a Hollywood mainstay in this area, and this fabulous book reproduces pages and pages of his paintings. The manâ€™s ability at changing styles is amazing, judging by the 250+ illustrations in Oeuvre â€“ and indicated by some of the most iconic posters youâ€™ve seen: Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Harry Potterâ€¦ And not just films: heâ€™s worked in the music biz, publishing, and the commercial sector.
Obviously, with an art book such as this you expect pages of full colour images â€“ and youâ€™ll not be disappointed. And yet I would have liked more text, especially about the man. The brief introduction mentions his â€œordinaryâ€ background â€“ but he seems to have always been an artist. He realised his dreams â€“ and for that we should also be thankful.
A beautifully produced volume of some amazing artwork. This is a great gift for the art lovers among us. And I nearly forgot to mention, George Lucas provides the bookâ€™s foreword.