Patrick Nagel was a painter who helped define the look of the 80′s. His images of beautiful, self-contained and remote women were featured most widely in Playboy (and one image as the album cover for Duran Duran’s Rio) but he still got respect from the fine art world. Nagel was always trying to simplify things—fewer lines, flat colors, usually monochrome backgrounds. The results were said to be influenced by Japanese woodblock prints and Art Deco, but the style remains his alone. His influence could be seen all over 80′s pop culture: in Robert Palmer’s music videos, for instance, and—in my opinion—in the comic book art of Jaime Hernandez and the Pander Brothers. Unfortunately, Nagel died of a heart attack in 1984. He was only 38 years old.