posters", says Bob Staake, "is a little like a kid
playing house, though I get to make believe with a mouse and
and understanding the sensibilities of the countless eurpoean
poster artists of the Mid-20th Century, Staake's goal in his
own poster graphics has been to pay visual homage to the aesthetic,
to keep it alive, and to make it viable as 21st Century graphic
"So many incredible
european commercial artists of the last century understood the
importance of color, composition and less-is-more design when
they created their bold, iconic and powerful poster images"
points out Staake. "Artists like A.M.Cassandre, Jean Carlu,
Herve Morvan, Paul Colin, Herbert Lupin, Albert Borer, Donald
Brun, and others, produced bodies of work that possessed similar
graphic traits and helped form a type of graphic art that we
perceive today as being in the vintage affiche (French
for 'poster') vernacular."
to vary my own poster work, as well as my general illustrations,
stylistically", notes Staake, "but often it is the
subject matter, concept or purpose behind the art being created
that compels me to take a certain graphic path. Yet to me, I'm
most pleased with a poster when I'm able to ground it firmly
in the vintage affiche school while at the same time bringing
to it my own contemporary sensibility."