The Art of Patrick Nagel

I remember when I was a kid and my old man (then single) had a Nagel print in his bedroom. I always liked it, but didn’t really understand it. Now that I can better appreciate Patrick Nagel’s work, I realize how baller it was for my Dad to have that print up in his room….

Nagel was popularized making art for Playboy in the late 70’s and then really hit it big when his art graced the cover of Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ album in 1982. What I love about Nagel’s work, is how he captures the changing style and look of the modern woman as she exits the 70’s and arrives in the 80’s. His subjects are the embodiment of 80’s beauty and really set the standard for the style of the decade.

Here’s some favorites:

The Classic.

That look always made me think of Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorne.

Through the shutters...
The Eyes....
The Album Cover
The nipples, reminiscent of a record...
The shades...

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Grimes – Visions

Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded

Geographer – Animal Shapes

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