Bob Peak "Editorializes"

"Every commercial job has a moment's audience. When the page is turned, the moment is past."

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"The unfortunate aspect is the intention of the work. It's not even painted to last. Good commercial art doesn't pretend to be something it isn't."

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"Only a small portion - a very small portion - of the total will enter the realm of greatness."

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"There is a very tenuous line between commercial art and fine art."

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"I suppose the best way to define it is to say that in commercial art, you are solving somebody else's problem; in fine art, you are solving your own."

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"Of course its not quite as simple as it sounds, especially at a time such as ours when we are so aware of ambiguities. Everything is tempered with pros and cons."

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"For example, in editorial illustration ( which is a form of advertising since it involves selling a book or story), the artist must know first of to whom he is appealing. This means being close to his contemporaries."

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"After that, he must know what it is in the story that is desirable to communicate. Whatever the assignment, he must know what he is here for and why he does what he does."

~ From an interview with Bob Peak in the September 1962 issue of American Artist magazine.

Continued tomorrow...

* My Bob Peak Flickr set.

Note: I just found out this morning that Bob Peak's son, Matthew has recently started a dedicated Bob Peak blog where you'll find plenty of nice large scans of Peak's work - go have a look. Matthew just sent back a note asking that I also mention the Sanguin Fine Art Gallery "where," writes Matthew, "my dad's originals and editions are availible (at reasonable and realistic prices)." He adds, "I am in the process of contacting some other illustrators in my dad's circle to join the gallery."

* Bob Peak official website

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