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Nagaoka Shūsei

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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Working name of Shūzō Nagaoka (1936-2015), a Japanese artist who specialized in graphic design and album cover Illustration. Nagaoka was born in Nagasaki but raised on the remote island of Iki in south-west Japan; his first published work appeared in the magazine Chūgakusei no Tomo ["Middle Schooler's Friend"] in 1955, before he had finished high school. He dropped out of Musashino Art University in 1958 to pursue a career in commercial art, and established an art studio in Hollywood in 1970. He subsequently became internationally known for album covers and tour posters for performers including The Carpenters, Jefferson Starship, the Electric Light Orchestra and Earth, Wind & Fire. His 1982 Seiun Award for Art came after the publication of the first volume of his collected illustrations, which demonstrated a leaning towards SF Music, and his new-found home prominence as the album cover artist for the Japanese musician Kitarō. [JonC]

Shuzō Nagaoka

born Nagasaki, Japan: 26 November 1936

died Odawara, Japan: 23 June 2015



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