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Spotlight on Studio Art: On Pearl Harbor Day, The Evocative Band of Brothers Art by John Alvin

John Alvin did art for the campaign to promote the wonderful, timeless HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, which won 6 Emmys.  I thought on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I’d examine the story behind John Alvin creating Band of Brothers campaign art and find out more about the process, and the general fascination with World War II history I recall John having and discussing with me on a regular basis.

Concept art for Band of Brothers by John Alvin
Concept art for Band of Brothers by John Alvin

I remember John Alvin and I talking many times about World War II.  He never mentioned his personal history, or how he was connected to it.  I told him some of the stories about my family, which he found very compelling.  My grandmother Colette had been working in London when France fell and Charles de Gaulle made his speech about the importance of everyone doing what they could do in the war effort.  She was working directly under Rene Pleven, as part of de Gaulle’s Free French Forces.  She went to de Gaulle and asked him how she could help, and he told her he needed her in New York.  She had grown up in New York, spoke both French and English, and knew many important people in the US who could help, so he sent her there to organize relief for the Free French.

My dad, who was only 5 or 6 at the time, had to come from Paris to Vichy, France, to North Africa and onward to New York to reunite with her while she was doing her work for de Gaulle.  My dad told me during that time he saw a man get kicked down a long flight of stairs in the subway by a German officer, cracking his head open.  He remembers it vividly to this day. He doesn’t remember Pearl Harbor, because in France, they were already deeply into the war.   

John was fascinated. He never told me his story himself.

Concept art for Band of Brothers by John Alvin
Concept art for Band of Brothers by John Alvin

When he spoke to me, it was about that book and that series, and how great he thought it was.  I, too, fell under its spell, especially as so many great actors took part.  I’d been a fan of Tom Hanks since Mazes and Monsters. His second collaboration with Steven Spielberg, the Emmy Award-winning miniseries was about “Easy” Company, a parachute infantry regiment. It made Damien Lewis famous in the US, (a gift that keeps on giving..) and was at the time the most expensive TV miniseries ever made by a network. The first episode premiered on September 9th, 2001, two days before the September 11th attack.

I just spoke to Andrea Alvin about why she thought he was so connected to his work on Band of Brothers. As you’ll see, John Alvin’s connection to the subject ran deep.  His father, Albert Alvin, had been a career military man.  He was a captain in the Army, and spent World War II as a military intelligence officer stationed in Italy, because he spoke fluent Italian.  His mother Rena had been an Army nurse and followed Patton’s troops.  She was at the Battle of the Bulge, where she worked right behind the front lines caring for the injured from all forces; American, German…anyone who needed urgent medical intervention.   The battle lasted from December 16th, 1944 to January 25th, 1945.  For the rest of her life, she would get weepy every year around Christmas remembering the horrors of that traumatic experience.

Graphite concept art for HBO's Band of Brothers by John Alvin
Graphite concept art for HBO’s Band of Brothers by John Alvin

Also, as a young child, John Alvin lived for about four years in Germany.  His father was part of the occupational army helping rebuild Germany*.  When John was 4 or 5, his dad took him to an abandoned Messerschmitt factory.  It was like a graveyard of airplanes.  He was allowed to climb on and in the planes.  It made a huge impression on him, and Andrea counts that experience as one of the main reasons he was so obsessed with building models.

The art John Alvin created for the Band of Brothers campaign, though not ultimately used, has an emotional quality and visual authenticity derived from his love of history, interest in research, and his personal connection to that time. The color images look like they are done in pastel, but John never worked in pastel.  He worked on pastel paper, and used Prisma color pencils and freehand airbrush to get the effect of pastels.  Though not sure, Andrea thinks John may have also used some actual pictures of his father as reference.

Whatever his inspiration, he captured the bravery, and the intensity of focus and commitment the men of Easy Company must have maintained as they struggled through the terrifying experience of surviving war.  On the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we think of all those men and women who gave their lives or lost their optimism and their innocence, and who fought bravely to keep this country safe. 

We also remember that standing up for those being endangered around the world, as well as on our own shores, is the true mark of patriotism.

If you’re interested in any of these great images, click here for the John Alvin Band of Brothers art page. 

*years later, John would find out that the entire time he lived in Germany, they had a bodyguard who followed them everywhere.

 

Spotlight on Studio Art: Star Wars Visions Deluxe book and limited editions

Star Wars: Visions was released on its own, and in a deluxe edition with five hand-signed giclees.  They include art by Alex Ross, Moebius, Donato Giancola, Daniel Greene, and Jamie Wyeth. The deluxe book also includes 40 extra pages focusing on the artists’ processes, complete with sketches.  There were only 500 created.

It sold out immediately, as collectibles of this nature do.  We got as many as we could at the time, and of course didn’t open them, that being the privilege of the collector who takes them home.  So we never got a close look at the prints. The one copy we still have sits unopened. 

The images were curated by J.W. Rinzler, who was the executive editor at Lucasfilm. He is also responsible for New York Times bestsellers The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and The Complete Making of Indiana Jones.

George Lucas decided, as an avid collector of both the art used to make and promote the Star Wars films, and fine and illustration art, to go out and find artists he loved in the fine art world to create images relating to his films.  This is a great idea, obviously, but here’s a little-known aspect of that project.  When an artist creates art relating to Star Wars, they have to, as part of the contract, offer their art to George Lucas as the lowest market price.  That is to say, if the artists involved usually work through galleries or agents, Lucas would have to have the right of first refusal for the art before even the galleries or agents had access.  This seems perfectly fair for those who usually create art for the franchise.  What about those outside the usual Star Wars Universe?

A number or artists used in the book are very famous in the world of contemporary fine art.  What a genius move for an art collector to get the lowest possible price for art by these successful artists, while getting them to create unique commissions for him.  Win-win? Yes!  Indeed there were only a few artists that didn’t sell their pieces for the book to Lucas.  As someone who is artist-centric, i’m going to say that’s a solid win for artists everywhere.  Now that, years after the release of the book and his acquisition of the art created for it, we know the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Los Angeles, we can look forward to seeing at least some of these originals in person on its walls.

The beauty of this book, ultimately, is the continuing belief by Lucas, and his support of it through the creation is this art, that there should be no distinction between “high” art and “popular” art.  This is a notion I’ve been standing behind for the 25 years i’ve had a gallery dedicated to film, animation, and contemporary art.  I look forward to seeing the many paintings he bought from John Alvin, as well as his huge collection of art by Norman Rockwell.

AS TO THE BOOK:

Since the release of the book, Moebius has passed away, so getting a signed limited edition by him as part of the set is reason enough to buy the deluxe edition.  We’ve not really been promoting that we have a copy, because we certainly don’t want someone to buy the book and break up the limited editions and sell them separately.  This is one of those collectibles best reserved for a collector who will know how nice and right it is to keep them together!

There’s a great video about the collection of the artists HERE.

ArtInsights Holiday Gift Guide: The Wonderful World of Disney Film Art

TOP SELLING OFFICIAL DISNEY LIMITED EDITIONS ~ THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERY DISNEY FAN

 

 

Disney fans have been collecting and loving art since 1937, and now we can all get the best images from artists working in the studio actually making the movies!  Here are the most popular and fastest selling images in a variety of price ranges that ArtInsights loves and recommends…

 

First, here is a great assortment of images released in special editions of 1500, not hand signed but gallery wrapped with a certificate of authenticity for either $125 or $150 that make a great impression as a gift!  Click on the picture to see all the options:

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There are a number of releases in small edition sizes that are hand embellished (paint is added to enhance the image) and hand signed by the artist.  Here are some wonderful ones, and you can click on the artist’s name to see all their art.

IMPRESSIONISTIC WONDER-FILLED LANDSCAPES

The Adventure of Life by Rodel Gonzales: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $595

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Hakuna Matata by Rodel Gonzales: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $650

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The Duel by James Coleman: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $995

The Duel

 

Pooh’s Garden Party by Harrison Ellenshaw: Embellished Giclee on Canvas $950

Pooh's Garden Party

 

CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF CHARACTER IN PORTRAITS:

At Odds With the Sea by Lisa Keene: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $450

At Odds With the Sea

 

Brave Merida by Jim Salvati: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $450

Brave Merida

 

Ohana Means Family by Heather Theurer: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $395

Ohana Means Family

Father and Son by Michelle St. Laurent: Hand Textured Giclee on Canvas for $550

Father and Son

THESE ARTISTS MAKE DISNEY GO POP!

Fantasia by Tim Rogerson: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $595

Fantasia by Tim Rogerson

59 Maleficent by Mike Kungl: Hand Textured Giclee on Canvas for $595

59 Maleficent

Friendly Hero by Trevor Carlton: Hand Textured Giclee on Canvas for $495

Friendly Hero by Trevor Carlton

Ce N’est Pas Un Chapeau by Tennessee Loveless: Giclee on Canvas for $195

Ce N'est Pas un Chapeau

SO MUCH GREAT ART!  So much to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Every solution for anyone searching for a special gift…

  • grandparents looking for that special gift that will be there always
  • wives and husbands of Disney fans who want something super special
  • families looking for something the whole family will enjoy
  • collectors who guide their loved ones to their next exciting acquisition

Of course ArtInsights is always here to guide you as well, since we’ve been helping collectors find their way for over 2o years.  We are happy to help you find something for your own wish list or for to make this holiday wonder-filled for your Disney-loving loved ones!

ArtInsights Holiday Gift Guide: The Art of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Classics

10 Pieces of Film Art for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans that are Truly and Utterly Out of This World

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Some films not only never go out of style, they grow in popularity with each generation.  You know your spacey cyborg-loving loved one doesn’t need one more wind-up robot…We focused on original pieces here, but whether you are looking to spend less than $200 or you can part or ALL your Galactic credits, we’ve got your covered.

Blast off to a beautiful holiday by surprising them with one of these spectacular studio artist-created images!

 

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I’ve Seen Things by John Alvin: Giclee available in both paper and canvas editions for $150 and $450

Blade Runner - I've Seen Things

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Alien by John Alvin: created for the anniversary poster, now a limited edition for lovers of acid dripping monsters…who isn’t?  for $150

Alien

 (for all the official art of Alien, click here) 

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Godzilla original movie poster design comp by Steve Chorney: mixed media on paper for $2400.

Steve Chorney Godzilla

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Elven Archer by John Alvin: Mixed media original on paper for $5600

John Alvin LOTR Legolas study

(for all official art of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, click here)

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Wizard of Oz – The Yellow Brick Road by John Alvin: Giclee on canvas for  $595

Wizard of Oz

(for The Art of The Wizard of Oz starting at $150, click here)

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Navi’ of Pandora by Ben Curtis Jones mixed media on paper for $3800

The Navi' of Pandora

(for The Art of Avatar starting at $150 click here)

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Star Trek IV Graphite Comp by Steve Chorney: Mixed Media for $3200

Steve Chorney - Star Trek VI sketch

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King Kong by Mike Kungl: Giclee on both Paper and Canvas for $395 and $1695

King Kong

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Narnia by John Alvin: Giclee on Canvas for $425

Narnia

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Labyrinth Movie Poster Comp by Steve Chorney: Mixed Media original art for $8000

Labyrinth Movie Poster Comp

Bring Hollywood Home for the Holidays- ArtInsights Film Art Gift Guide

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Let film art solve the eternal problem of what to get to thrill the movie lovers you love!

The experts at ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery have been building collections, finding special pieces, and inspiring film fans with official studio art by the best movie artists working in Hollywood for over 22  years.  They have the hottest and most exclusive film art perfect for the movie lovers in your life.

CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO SEE THESE GREAT GIFT SOLUTIONS!

 

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Why film art?

Every year we all struggle to find unique or special gifts for the loved
ones in our lives.  Sometimes it feels impossible.  We are all looking to
find something for the husband or wife who has everything, or the kids who
already have a mountain of toys they don’t use, or the family that
deserves something they will all enjoy for a long time.

If any or all the people on your holiday list love movies, there is art
available from some of their favorites. Think of these images created by
the artists who played a large part in the success of these movies:
Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in a painting by the man who made some of
the saga’s best movie posters, Art with Batman, Superman, Ironman, and
other superheroes by those who influence the look and feel of those
blockbusters, Harry Potter art by the saga’s production designer, or art
from Disney’s Frozen by one of its concept artists, are just a few options
that make for an unexpected and appreciated gift, and can make you a hero
this holiday.

For the family that enjoys watching movies together, or a husband or wife
who has the latest movie screensaver, to the most difficult-to-please teen
or child:
– Film and animation art bring out the budding artist in kids, because it
teaches them art is something they can relate to and connect with.
– For families, shared positive memories of watching movies can be
recreated at home with film art and is one kind of art they can all
appreciate together.

There is official art from the studios and by these filmmakers for as
little as $150 for a limited edition giclee from something like Harry
Potter, The Wizard of Oz, or Frozen, or can be an ultra-exclusive gift for
as much as $60,000 or more for the original art from a movie poster like
Beauty and the Beast or Star Wars or Blade Runner.   It can be easy and
inexpensive, or it can be exclusive and the rarest of the rare.  For every
taste and in every budget, and only a click away online, film art is a
great way to make holiday shopping fun and exciting.

For those who take their movie watching very seriously, there would be
nothing more exciting than having art made by those filmmakers on the
walls.  They are great conversation pieces, instant mood elevators after a
long day, and a visual door to movie memories that inspire the
imagination.

Want to see ALL our offerings by art category?  CLICK HERE

 

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John Alvin Originals at ArtInsights

John Alvin Originals CAN BE FOUND AT THEIR OFFICIAL GALLERY HOME!

ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery has exclusive rights to selling all official original art from the estate of John Alvin. If looking for available art through official channels directly from his estate,

please click here to go to this link!

Such great press for The Art of John Alvin! read our ArtInsights blog about it…

by clicking here!

This is the cover of the awesome book releasing from Titan
This is the cover of the awesome book releasing from Titan
Here is the new rehung gallery section, a tiny bit of the original art we have of John Alvin, along with his red shoes
Here is the new rehung gallery section, a tiny bit of the original art we have of John Alvin, along with his red shoes
John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire...
John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire…

We at ArtInsights have been proud to be have known John Alvin and are honored to be connected as the official conduit from artist, through his family, to collector. There is a special interaction inherent to the experience of collecting original art, and we believe when movie lovers can enjoy a piece of art by such a renown artist such as John Alvin from any movie on which he created images, they become part of celebrating the important aspect of film history that campaign art represents. Collecting posters is a wonderful thing, but having a piece of art used in the making of the poster is something those who have begun a collection of such can tell you is a truly joyful experience. John Alvin was a lovely man, humble, warm, and kind, who always had time for his fans and blossoming artists. We miss him and are thrilled The Art of John Alvin will create new fans and increase awareness about him throughout the world.

We hope if you are in the Washington DC area or would like to see a collection of original art by John Alvin you’ll come to our gallery where you can see them in person. Thanks for your interest!

Leslie Combemale
ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery