Drew Struzan: Oeuvre
I have a confession: before snagging a copy of the book Oeuvre I thought “who in the world is Drew Struzan?” Once I opened the book, I immediately knew who he was. Chances are you know who he is too, even if you have never heard his name. Struzan is the mastermind behind some of the most popular and iconic movie posters ever created. He is a frequent collaborator with George Lucas, who penned a lovely foreword to Oeuvre. In addition to his working relationship with Lucas, Struzan is a favorite of directors Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, and Frank Darabont.
It’s safe to say that Drew Struzan’s most popular work comes from three of the most beloved film series: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future. An entire generation grew up with these images ingrained into the pop culture. In addition to those films, Struzan created artwork for the The Muppets series, Hook, The Goonies, E.T., Star Trek, and The Lord of the Rings, to name a few. His artistic talents are not limited to poster art. Struzan commissioned paintings for the United States Postal Service and their Legends of Hollywood series. His submissions include renditions of John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda.
Drew Struzan: Oeuvre by Drew Struzan and his wife Dylan, features a lovely collection of some of his most popular pieces, in addition to an entire section dedicated to artwork from his personal collection. This book serves as a companion piece to the wildly popular The Art of Drew Struzan, which was released a couple years ago. There are no captions next to the artwork, instead there is a detailed index in the back of the book. For ease, I would rather those captions be next to the artwork, but I understand that it would potentially compromise the aesthetic of each image. I will admit that I am generally not a fan of this type of artwork, but when it is in the proper context, it is hard to find fault. I have fond memories of going to the movie theatre and seeing his posters hanging on the wall. They were larger than life! Oeuvre is a nice addition to any film lover’s library and may appeal to the Gen-X crowd.
Drew Struzan: Oeuvre
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Drew Struzan: Oeuvre directly from the publisher Titan Books. I thank the publisher for the opportunity to review this book.
Jill Blake is the owner/managing editor of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Moviola and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.