John Alvin - Beloved Artist of Iconic Movie Posters

You might not know John Alvin by name, but if you’re a fan of movies like E.T, The Goonies, The Princess Bride, and The Lost Boys, you’re already familiar with him.

He’s the artist behind many of the most iconic movie posters of the past 40 years, with a career that spans decades of significant contributions to the film industry, including posters, album covers, and original art. John Alvin once said that his work “created the promise of a great experience.”

Throughout his career, Alvin designed original art for over 120 films. You’ll probably recognize his most recent work for films like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, for which he contributed original works of art that have a surreal, hand painted feel to them that instantly invoke nostalgia (a style I wish were still popular today).

"The Power and the Promise" by John Alvin

To this day, Alvin’s artwork (the style of which is often described as “Alvinesque”) continues to inspire generations of new designers and his work remains among the most sought-after and collected pieces of film memorabilia (especially the original art he designed for the Star Wars 10th Anniversary).

Sadly, Alvin passed away in 2008, but he leaves behind a legacy of celebrated artwork beloved by film buffs everywhere.

John Alvin Gallery

Here’s a collection of my favorite movie posters by John Alvin:

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