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John Alvin’s Blade Runner Movie Art from 1982 at ArtInsights

Blade Runner by John Alvin.  Everyone knows what that poster looks like….John Alvin is known for a number of images, although sometimes not by name.  The prolific and genius movie poster artist called it “the promise of a great experience”, when he created the key art for over 200 movies.  If you remember, when recalling a movie, the poster instead of a scene from the film, that’s a great movie poster. John Alvin did that many many times. The Lion King, E.T., Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Blazing Saddles, and of course, Blade Runner, are just a few of the posters he created.

Blade Runner 2049 is releasing to overwhelmingly great reviews.  Seeing it and writing about the film for Cinema Siren,  I couldn’t help but think John would have loved the new movie as much as he did the one in 1982.  He talked about it a lot to me during our friendship.  One thing that the new movie has done is yet again reinvigorated interest and appreciation for the classic sci-fi film and its poster.

So, we have a few images created by John Alvin that those of you who love traditionally illustrated movie posters and the great movie from 1982 can buy and have for yourself.  There are two limited editions, and in several versions.  Neither is signed by John Alvin, but they are both gorgeous, and capture the cyber punk aesthetic and emotional power of the film.

We also have one of the “I’ve Seen Things “ that was sent to John for approval before they created the edition. He had intended to keep it and frame it for his own studio, and so he signed it.  It’s the only signed piece from the edition, and is oversized.  It might be best purchased by someone within driving distance, although, for what will be fairly expensive endeavor, we can ship the framed piece anywhere.  The size of it is 40 x 53 inches. We also have one original graphite from 1982 used in the making of the finished poster.  If you’re interested in that, give us a call.  It’s pricey, but a piece of film history.  Several collectors recognized the importance of John Alvin’s work as part of film history when his key art for E.T. went at auction for $400,000.  There are movie lovers all over the world, after all!

The edition called “No Choice, Pal” has been created with the estate of John Alvin, and has a number of versions.  Delivery takes about 4 to 6 weeks, although will get faster as we continue on our path to doing more publishing for both John’s work and the work of our other artist partners.   

Here’s the info on “No Choice, Pal”:

Giclee on paper: edition size 1982, 6 APs, 6 PPs. size 14 x 19, image size 10 x 15. Retail $125.

Giclee on canvas: edition size 263 with 6 APs, 6 PPs. size is 19 x 23.75, Image Size: 15″ x 19.75 Retail $495.

John Alvin’s E.T. Phones in the Worth of Traditional Illustration Art

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Heritage Auctions just sold the original key art by John Alvin from E.T. for $394,000 after the buyer’s premium.  The bidding was brisk and committed, and started way above the lowest required bid.  Though the buyer wanted to remain anonymous, there’s no question a number of collectors were willing to go into the hundreds of thousands to obtain this original art from the recent sci-fi classic. Speaking as not only Cinema Siren, but also the owner of ArtInsights, the gallery that represents the estate of illustrator and movie poster artist John Alvin, the news of the hammer price came less as a surprise than a reaffirmation of the value of both traditionally illustrated film art and of the work of the renowned artist. 

Unfortunately, the artist’s estate was not the owner of the art at time of auction, as is often the case with original film art, especially key art.  With the insane timeline of deadlines, and the teams working to promote films ever turning towards the next project, even when the art remained the property of the artist, often the original art created during the campaign was never returned to them.  This was rarely intentional. Sometimes the director or producer asked for it, and sometimes someone in the design firm just put it in a flat file and forgot about it, because the focus by everyone involved had turned to the next film.  Little did everyone know traditionally illustrated film art was, even in the early 80’s, a dying art form. 

That’s not to say Andrea Alvin, John Alvin’s widow and artistic partner in Alvin and Associates, wasn’t thrilled to see such public confirmation of the value of her husband’s work. To her it reaffirmed the increased embrace of his legacy as one of the foremost artists in the history of film.  With the over 200 campaigns he worked on during his lifetime, John Alvin was one of the most prolific film artists, certainly, and not only recognizable, but so famed for his movie magic, the term “Alvin-izing” was coined by studio executives in referencing his style.  

There are many around the world who have been collecting the art of John Alvin or supporting his legacy as a fine artist through their mentions of his work on their movie blogs, or as in the case of Kevin Burke’s new documentary “24 x 36”, through film.  They know, unequivocally that those willing to pay nearly $400k represent far more than just fans of E.T.  Those collectors were vying for the art of John Alvin as much as for the iconic image he created.  That, after all, was what he was known for.  The posters he made were splashed across every platform.  His images were used throughout the world. 

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Whether, for example, you saw The Lion King in Pasadena or Paris, the poster depicting a majestic lion in the sky was probably partly responsible for getting you into the theater.  That light-suffused and very emotionally evocative painting that was Alvin’s trademark was used for The Lion King poster, as well as the E.T., Aladdin, Cocoon, Empire of the Sun, Willow, and many more.  

The $400,000 hammer price for the art of E.T is not only a celebration of the love of movies, but also a celebration of the acceptance of John Alvin as a preeminent film artist and indeed as a fine artist. It suggests that original film art, which is an art form largely relegated to history, is indeed fine art.  It also shows, in a strange yet really real way,  his work continues to have relevance.  The estate recognized that phenomenon through the discovery of graphites John used in the making of two of the Pokemon movies. Who knew between that and every article on Blade Runner II using his famous poster for the original film, images attributed to John would continue to be used so frequently? 

We who represent the estate of John Alvin are very excited about our plans for the future.  We are busy with plans for museum shows, and with continuing to help people around the world acquire those pieces his family members are willing to sell to fine art collectors and film fans.  Fortunately for Andrea Alvin, she does have a few pieces of key art that will be kept in the family and handed down to future generations. John’s art for movie campaigns capture the essence of who he was, and even casual observers can see he put his heart into every image.  Every piece was personal.  The E.T. image is a perfect example; his daughter Farah’s hand was the model for that of Elliott’s as he reaches to touch E.T., Sistine Chapel-style, in the poster. 

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If you want to know more about John Alvin, of course there’s the great book released in 2014 written by his wife Andrea Alvin, which you can get here:

https://www.amazon.com/Art-John-Alvin-Andrea/dp/0857689290

and you can see the art available for sale through his estate HERE, as well as a series of chats with John Alvin.  

https://www.artinsights.com/artists/alvin-john/

ArtInsights in Movie Poster Doc “Twenty Four by Thirty Six”

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So, yes.  If it is indeed a documentary about movie posters, at least in those released in the United States, it should really be called “Twenty Seven by Forty One”…which is the approximate size of a one sheet.  However, when Kevin Burke started out, he had been inspired by his love for movie posters that had been hand illustrated and drawn, like those of our great John Alvin, as well as the likes of Bob Peak and Richard Amsel.  When the studios switched to all photoshopped and photographic images, making the posters lackluster and boring, and largely devoid of artistry, he turned to Mondo and other companies creating after-market fan inspired, fan-made posters for movie lovers who already knew the movies, and enjoyed art that played on aspects of a movie that true fans would appreciate…

These pieces are created by artists who have more of a graphics and comic illustrator background, and they are not meant to SELL a movie.  They are meant to be enjoyed by people who have already seen them.  These posters are mainly sized at 24 x 36, hence the movie’s name.

(as example of subject matter, imagine a big black poster with just one small image in the center, featuring a tiny red sled.  This would be something fans of Citizen Kane would appreciate, but would not inspire anyone who hadn’t seen the movie to seek it out.)

Kevin informed me during the day we talked and his crew filmed me for his documentary, when we at ArtInsights and he started a dialogue, he realized he could interview artists who either still actively illustrate traditionally or who had been working when posters were designed by professional artists to actively get movie fans to go see something in a theater.  We helped him get in contact with those in the know, and we also talked a lot about getting traditionally illustrated movie posters made again for movies in the future.  (BECAUSE WE FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS!)

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There are tons of artists working for the companies making alternate posters that will be part of the movie, many of which as seriously great–(OLLY & LAURENT, I’M LOOKING AT YOU!)

There are also some great artists we know who have been working inside the studios and in Hollywood and are working with them too, they are masters at the art of movie posters..these folks are actually making the movie posters that get people to get to see the movies.

and we are so excited about the idea of them making many more new images for new movies, and have plans…stay tuned!

We are so looking forward to this movie now, although wish we could change the name 😉

John Alvin for Every Collector

With the release of The Art of John Alvinart lovers everywhere are eager to collect John’s work while they still can. ArtInsights is your exclusive source of John Alvin’s original artwork, and we also have the biggest collection of his limited editions. No matter what your budget, we have something by John that will enhance your walls that you will love!

Price Range: $150.00 – $450.00

Star Wars: The Cold of HothStar Wars – The Cold of Hoth LE Giclee on Paper ($150) Blade Runner - I've Seen ThingsI’ve Seen Things LE Giclee on Paper ($150) or Canvas ($450) Alien LE Giclee on Paper ($300)

 

Price Range: $475.00 – $1000.00

Ariel (by John Alvin)Ariel LE Giclee on Canvas ($495) Jabba and Friends by John AlvinThere Will Be No Bargain LE Giclee on Canvas ($595) Star Wars Episode IV Decade IIIOfficial Star Wars Celebration Episode IV Decade III Lithograph ($750)

Price Range: $4000.00 – $5500.00

Pinocchio: Blue Fairy - original production concept artPinocchio: Blue Fairy Original Production Concept Art ($4500) Kuzco and Bridge - original production color concept artKuzco and Bridge Original Production Concept Art ($5500) E.T. Small Hands 6 - original production concept artE.T. Sketch Small Hands Production Concept Art ($4800)

Price Range: $8,000+

JAOM0173 Revenge of the Jedi #5Revenge of the Jedi: McQuarrie Graphite Comp ($8800) JAOM0189 Bittersweet EmbraceBittersweet Embrace (Call for price) Star Wars Concert poster on toned paperStar Wars Concert Poster Production Art ($18,000)

 

For a more comprehensive selection of John’s artwork, please visit here.

ARTINSIGHTS SHOWS ART AND PRESS FOR THE ART OF JOHN ALVIN!

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 a little bit of our John Alvin original art and posters, just a small percentage of the original art we have of John Alvin, along with his red shoes, and the gorgeous new book! WE LOVE TRADITIONAL ILLUSTRATION ART! WE LOVE YOU, JOHN!

As some of you who follow The Art of John Alvin, not the book, but the actual art, which is represented by ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery, know quite well, Andrea Alvin has been working for several years writing, compiling, and getting permissions for a (hopefully first) book on John Alvin’s career and art.  It is being released by Titan Books.   We have been thrilled to see not only the attention that Titan has given it in terms of promotion, but also the interest, well deserved, by the press worldwide.

Author Andrea Alvin and Leslie of ArtInsights at San Diego Comic-Con
Author Andrea Alvin and Leslie of ArtInsights at San Diego Comic-Con
John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire...
John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire…

We are told this is only the first round, and more articles will appear as the actual release date happens, but we are going to keep a list of all the articles and reviews, good or (goddess forbid!) bad, right here.  We hope this will not only allow for long overdue recognition of John as one of the foremost artists who ever worked in the film industry, but also wider acceptance of traditional illustration not only as important in film history, but also as a viable option today to promote and brand new movies in an artistic and creative way. There is and was only one man who painted like John Alvin.  He was able to do that thing everyone at Disney called Alvin-izing.

This is the cover of the awesome book releasing from Titan
This is the cover of the awesome book releasing from Titan.

My friend Travis of Punch Drunk Critics has a connection with Amazon and gets a teeny bit back from you buying from him and we like to support him…so if you’re buying from Amazon, click here!    Here are the links so far, and we’ll be adding to them as we find more, please let us know if you find one we don’t know about!

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/alvin-movie-poster-art/

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/8/5979879/john-alvin-movie-posters

http://www.slashfilm.com/unused-jurassic-park-posters-john-alvin/

http://www.trektoday.com/content/2014/08/the-art-of-john-alvin/

http://parade.condenast.com/325199/viannguyen/exclusive-never-before-seen-alternate-movie-posters-for-e-t-jurassic-park-the-goonies-and-more/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/unseen-jurassic-park-batman-posters-724001

http://flavorwire.com/471037/flavorwire-exclusive-the-art-of-john-alvin-showcases-movie-poster-rarities-from-blade-runner-to-jurassic-park

http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/08/08/unused-jurassic-park-and-other-posters-by-john-alvin-2171692?lt_source=external,manual#!byDA6k

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/08/07/check-out-these-incredible-unused-jurassic-park-posters

http://www.411mania.com/movies/news/331343/More-Unused-John-Alvin-Posters-Hit-The-Internet:-Batman-Forever,-Darkman,-More.htm

http://www.movies.com/movie-news/john-alvin-unused-posters-jurassic-park/16494

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2014/08/07/must-see-unused-jurassic-park-posters

http://screencrush.com/unused-jurassic-park-posters/

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/check-out-these-fantastic-unused-jurassic-park-posters-222

http://collider.com/unused-jurassic-park-posters-batman-posters/

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=105541

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/check-out-a-bunch-of-old-unused-poster-designs-for-jurassic-park/

http://batman-news.com/2014/08/07/exclusive-never-seen-poster-design-tim-burtons-batman/

https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/unseen-jurassic-park-batman-posters-unveiled-book-203503448.html

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/check-out-unused-poster-design-for-tim-burtons-batman-20140807

https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/unseen-jurassic-park-batman-posters-unveiled-book-203503448.html

http://thefilmstage.com/news/over-two-dozen-never-before-seen-unused-posters-for-steven-spielbergs-jurassic-park/

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/08/07/check-out-these-never-before-seen-posters-for-blade-runner-batman-forever-and-more

http://www.punchdrunkcritics.com/2014/08/awesome-unseen-jurassic-park-and-batman.html

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/KingPatel/news/?a=105565

http://www.empireonline.com/features/John-Alvin-Posters

Some images of the art we have in the gallery and corresponding pages in the book with the art:

starwars concert art at ArtInsights by john alvin
Original Star Wars Concert art at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
predator art at ArtInisights by john alvin
Predator Finish at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
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Beauty and the Beast at ArtInsights Gallery ~ The Art of John Alvin
aladdin art at ArtInsights by John Alvin
Aladdin art at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
pinocchio by johnalvin at ArtInsights
Pinocchio graphite at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
lion king graphite by johnalvin at ArtInsights
The Lion King graphite at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin

The reviews for The Art of John Alvin are starting to come in (as it just got released in England, and will be released in the states August 28th), and they are GREAT!

OUR FAVORITE although they are ALL AWESOME!!:
ROGER EBERT SITE
http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/the-art-of-john-alvin-captures-lost-art-of-movie-poster-magic

YAY go Den of Geek!! They know quality when they see it…
DEN OF GEEK
http://www.denofgeek.com/books-comics/john-alvin/31803/the-art-of-john-alvin-review

CITY OF FILMS
http://www.cityoffilms.com/reel-news/book-review-the-art-of-john-alvin/

FILMORIA
http://www.filmoria.co.uk/2014/08/the-art-of-john-alvin-book-review/

BGG AFTER DARK
http://bggafterdark.biogamergirl.com/2014/08/the-art-of-john-alvin-book-review.html

RETROIST
http://www.retroist.com/2014/08/25/the-art-of-john-alvin-review/

ROTOSCOPERS
http://www.rotoscopers.com/2014/08/25/review-the-art-of-john-alvin/

ADVENTURES IN POOR TASTE
http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2014/08/25/the-art-of-john-alvin-review/

GIANT FREAKING ROBOT
http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/book-review-art-john-alvin.html

ANIMATION SCOOP on INDIEWIRE
http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/book-review-the-art-of-john-alvin-20140826

HYPABLE!
http://www.hypable.com/2014/08/26/the-art-of-john-alvin-book-review/

ArtInsights partners with Habitat for Humanity and Warner Bros. for a Wizard of Oz Anniversary show

Wizard of Oz by John Alvin

Reston, Va – ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia for an exhibit and sale of official The Wizard of Oz art, showing interpretive artwork from the classic movie by carefully selected film artists chosen to represent a wide diversity of imagery and artistic styles. In honor of the Hollywood premiere of The Wizard of Oz on August 15, 1939, all are invited to an open house from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, as well as to an event featuring official Warner Bros. artist Andrea Alvin on Sunday, August 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at ArtInsights, located in the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA.  Ten percent of profits from sales of The Wizard of Oz art sold during the exhibit will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, as well as all money raised from the raffle and silent auction during its opening weekend.   The exhibit, entitled “There’s No Place Like Home,” will be on display through September 15.  For more information, please contact ArtInsights at 703-478-0778 or visit www.ArtInsights.com.

Through Warner Bros., a collection of highly regarded artists have been commissioned to create images inspired by the film for art collectors and film fans.  John Alvin, cinema artist responsible for the movie posters for E.T., Blade Runner, and The Lion King, created images prior to his death in 2008, and they will now be seen in public for the first time at this special exhibit at ArtInsights.  His wife and partner at Alvin & Associates, Andrea Alvin, has also created art and will make a special guest appearance during the opening weekend of the exhibit and sale.  She has hand-embellished two of her The Wizard of Oz limited edition art pieces, making them unique and highly collectible.  One of the art pieces, “Startling Stories: Wicked Witch,” will be part of the raffle and the other, “Startling Stories: Tin Man,” will be available through the silent auction.  Other artists on exhibit include Steve Chorney, the poster artist for the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? one-sheet, and Dan Killen, concept artist on Space Jam and The Iron Giant.

“We are proud and excited to be the gallery celebrating the actual anniversary of such a classic film,” says ArtInsights owner Leslie Combemale. “The quote, ‘There’s no place like home,’ has so much resonance when thinking of affordable housing.  We always love involving charity in our exhibits, now collectors can enjoy inspiring images from one of their favorite films and do good at the same time.”  ArtInsights adds the official art of The Wizard of Oz to a collection of film art, all created by licensed and most distinguished artists working in the film industry today.

For more information about the gallery exhibit and opening benefitting Habitat for Humanity, go to artinsights.com.  Find out more about the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign at http://thewizardofoz.com/Habitat .  To buy raffle tickets or find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, go to http://habitatnova.org/.

ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria. More information is available at www.habitatnova.org.

ABOUT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION AND FILM ART GALLERY
ArtInsights, established in 1994, is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. With over 30 years experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. They sell rare images used in production as well as original commissions which are often used to create official limited editions.  ArtInsights exclusively represents the original art of John Alvin, Casey Robin, and Ben Curtis Jones, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, Chuck Jones, Christian Waggoner, Steve Chorney, Mary Grandpre and and many other artists made famous by their work for the major Hollywood studios. Featured studios include Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, in a display of images from the best classic movies and animated features of the last 100 years as well as newer classics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. You can see more on their website, and learn more on their web magazine, as well as hear movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, on over 600 Patch sites nationwide or through artinsightsmagazine.com.  ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is located at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For more information, call 703-478-0778 and visit https://www.artinsights.com/production/wizard-of-oz-1939/ for images from Wizard of Oz.

ABOUT WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
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For press info contact Leslie Combemale at the gallery.