BOOK REVIEW: Drew Struzan – Oeuvre

Drew Struzan has created some of the most iconic movie poster images of the last 30 years, from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Star Wars: Episode III. This sumptuous hardcover edition, with an Introduction by George Lucas, features over 250 pieces of art, including all of Drew Struzan’s most iconic movie images, as well as other highlights of his career, from album, book and comic book covers, to stamps, trading cards and original works.

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • ISBN: 9780857685575
  • Dimensions: 310 x 224mm
  • Hardback with DJ: 314pp
  • Publication date: 14 October 2011
  • Available from Titan Books

As a kid there were two things I wanted to be. One was a writer and the other an artist and honestly it was the artist that was winning out over the two desires. Now I had no idea what kind of artist or how but only that I wanted to be one. I used to look at film posters and think “I want to do that when I grow up” then like so many of our dreams it was replaced by a hundred other little things and was eventually consigned to a small box labelled ‘it was a nice dream’.  After ten minutes of flicking through  the  pages of Drew Stuzan: Oeurve a book charting the career of the iconic film  poster creator and artist  the memories and dreams of my younger self came flooding back.

There are a lot of  solid reasons why I could tell you to buy this book. The art and quality of the book is nothing short of mind blowing and at £29.99 well worth the purchase. This is the kind of book that you will pick up time and time again to have a flick through or to show off to friends who you think will like it.

I had been familiar with Drew Stuzan’s work in the past but I had no idea just how much he had influenced and enriched my geek life through his art. Beyond some of the obvious picks like Indiana Jones, ET, Star Wars and Hellboy there were many more posters and pieces of art I remembered seeing at the time and thinking ‘there’s something familiar about that poster’ I realise now that it wasn’t the film or the actors it was the style of the poster I had spotted. A Drew Struzan poster comes with a stamp of quality that I’ve found is a little lacking in film posters these days. Some of the current posters look very slick and professional but also very clinical as if they been sent through focus group after focus group to get that look just right. There’s a certain air of cynicism to them that you don’t find when looking at the stunning art in this book.

More than the quality of the book Oeurve speaks to my childhood. Each page I turned evoked a memory of cheering with the crowd as Indy escaped the Hovitos or gasping as we learn who Luke’s father really was. In many ways a Drew Struzan poster is the unsung actor of the film in that it creates an atmosphere and anticipation around a film before you’ve even bought your ticket.

If spotting some of your old favourite posters or seeing artwork you have never see before (yes Indiana Jones section I’m looking at you) is your thing then this book is for you. I’m not usually one for doing the whole art gallery experience but after reading this book if there’s ever a Drew Struzan art exhibition in London then I’m there on opening night.

In the never ending battle of making that next great movie poster that will be remembered for years to come there is no greater arms supplier than Drew Struzan. If you’re a geek who loves films and great art than you’re missing out on a treat. So go off an order your copy today and when it arrives make yourself a nice cuppa, open a packet of hobnobs and be prepared to be taken on a journey of fantastic film,TV and personal artwork spanning three decades.

GS Rating: 5/5
GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: Titan Books

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One comment

  1. Good review. I have a bunch of these posters but never knew much about the artist.

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