The Artist Birthday Series

Patrick Nagel, illustrator


Today’s Artist Birthday: Patrick Nagel (November 25, 1945 – February 4, 1984), illustrator

Patrick Nagel was an American artist. He created popular illustrations on board, paper, and canvas, most of which emphasize the simple grace and beauty of the female form, in a distinctive style descended from Art Deco. He is best known for his illustrations for Playboy magazine and his 1982 painting for the album cover of rock group Duran Duran’s hit album, “Rio,” would become one of his best known images.

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