Richard Amsel

Richard Amsel - Artist Spotlight

Richard Amsel (Dec 1947 – Nov 1985) was an American illustrator and designer particularly well-known for his work during the 1970s and 80s including the first 2 Indiana Jones films, The Dark Crystal and Chinatown. He can easily be counted among the great poster artists such as Drew Struzan and Bob Peak, and his work is often recognisable for it’s bold graphic design taking reference from the work of 1920′s illustrators such as J.C. Leyendecker. Although his career also boasted a 13 year run of TV Guide covers, it’s wasn’t as prolific as Struzan or Peak, but the quality is unmistakable and well worth studying.

Reference - Pinterest Board –Richard Amsel
Websites – Amsel |  American Art Archive

Recommended Reading;

  1. Art of the Modern Movie Poster
  2. Film Posters of the 70s
  3. Film Posters of the 80s

Artist Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Wing’s Art and Design Studio blog where I share a selection of my favourite artists of the past and present, offering a brief overview of their work that will hopefully inspire you to find out more about these masters of illustration.