Shusei Nagaoka

4 04 2015

Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka is best known for his music album cover art in the 1970s and 80s which included Electric Light Orchestra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Deep Purple, Space, Maze, George Clinton, Kitaro, Rose Royce, Caldera, and Pure Prairie League.

So much of this work reminds me of Renaissance paintings of heaven, angels included. Of course the new god is technology.



Shusei Nagaoka

5 01 2012

Shusei Nagaoka graced the album covers of many groups in the 70s and 80s. Electric Light Orchestra, and Earth Wind and Fire to name 2. Most of his work was Sci-Fi illustrations. He was one of those artists who foresaw the sheeness and cleanness of futurism. His space ships never have rust. It fits into the Star Trek conception of space travel. It is very optimistic art. Almost fantasy like. What must have looked cool at the time is showing its age. Its almost a 60s stereotype. Naive. Romantic. and Far Out.

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