Shusei Nagaoka

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Shusei Nagaoka
Born(1936-11-26)November 26, 1936
DiedJune 23, 2015(2015-06-23) (aged 78)
OccupationIllustrator, Graphic Designer
Spouse(s)Noriko Nagaoka
ChildrenMasashi Nagaoka, Neal Nagaoka

Shusei Nagaoka (長岡秀星, Nagaoka Shūsei, November 26, 1936 – June 23, 2015) was a Japanese illustrator.[1] He is best known for his music album cover art in the 1970s and 1980s. Artists for whom he illustrated covers include Electric Light Orchestra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Deep Purple, Space, Maze, George Clinton, Kitaro, Rose Royce, Caldera, and Pure Prairie League.

He assisted in the designing of the 1970 Osaka Expo, and was selected as one of the most significant artists in 200 years of American Illustration. He received several awards, along with platinum and gold albums, in recognition of his work. Several books of his artwork have been published, and in 1981 examples of his work were launched into outer space and orbited via the Russian Mir space station.

Other companies and organizations where his work was featured included: NHK Television, TBS Japan, National Geographic, Playboy Magazine, Hustler Magazine, Penthouse Magazine, Shigeo Nagashima and Sadaharu Oh, among many others.[2]

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  1. ^ "イラストレーター長岡秀星さん死去" (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. June 26, 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Nagaoka, illustrator for Earth, Wind & Fire, other bands, dies at 78". The Japan Times.

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