I just love these. They look like even in print form, they'd be glossy to the touch. They remind me so much of the posters inside Heads and Threads salon in Thibodaux, Louisiana (which is no longer is business, I checked..) where I got my haircut from ages 6-15. (1987-1996)
THE CLEAN LINES, SLEEK COLORS, AND OVERT SEXUAL COOL OF MASTER STYLE PAINTER PATRICK NAGEL DEFINED THE FAST, FREE-FALL CLIMATE OF THE '70s AND '80s
In December of 1982, at a private event at Morton’s in Los Angeles, Joan Collins ceremoniously unveiled her portrait by the acclaimed artist Patrick Nagel. Titled Collins, it was nearly unrecognizable as to its subject.
Who was it who stared blankly from under an inky cloud of hair with no more than slashes for earrings, bare gray shoulders, and the glazed lips that the artist described as having an anatomy all their own? He had transformed the actress—as he did all of his subjects, with bold unbroken lines and pools of nail polish color—into the Nagel woman.
They all got lost in his lacquer. “There were girls that he used more frequently than others, but by the time they were stylized they began to look like one person,” recalls Jennifer Dumas, the model who inspired the original Nagel woman and who was married to the artist until his death in 1984 at 38 years old; he suffered a heart attack in his car after completing a televised celebrity charity Aerobathon in Santa Monica, California.