John Alvin (1948 - 2008)
Posted on Sunday February 10, 2008, 09:54 by Ian Freer in Empire States
John Alvin, one of the great movie poster artists, has died of a heart attack, aged 59.
Amongst his best known work are classic images for Blazing Saddles, Blade Runner (1982 and 2007 incarnations), The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. But, unsurprisingly if you know me, his work for Steven Spielberg is the closest to my heart. As a kid, I would fall asleep on Christmas Eve with one Spielberg poster hanging above my bed and awake the following morning with a newer different Spielberg poster to feast on. And it was John Alvin's work that most regularly captured my imagination;
Alvin had a unique ability to capture the lucidity of Spielberg's imagery while retaining his own distinctive, painterly style. His images transcend their promotional function to become iconic works of art in their own right.
If you've never seen his work or want to revisit the best in movie poster art, head over to www.johnalvin.com. You won't regret it.