To create, one can be independent of social values. A professional artist can make one's unconventional ideology accepted in the society. Great artworks surprise viewers.
Vegas Original Pinups started collecting the pin-up art in the 1990s. We have one of the biggest and most exquisite private collections of original pin-up illustration art from the early 1900s to the present. Our main focus is the works by Alberto Vargas, Patrick Nagel, and Hajime Sorayama three of the world’s renowned illustration artists.
We collect works by Alberto Vargas (American, 1896-1982) because of his timeless, classy women. He was one of the most famous pin-up illustration artists during the WWII era who painted the infamous Varga Girls for Esquire magazine. And after the war, his elegant style was found by Hugh Hefner, the founder, and publisher of Playboy magazine. Vargas then contributed his works to the magazine until the mid-1970s.
After the WWII era, even though the artistically rendered illustrations gave way to photography, some pin-up artists with distinctive styles have strived to arise.
Among the illustration artists in the mid 20th century, we could not ignore Patrick Nagel (American, 1945-1984). We were instantly captivated by his striking images of his woman when we first saw his original painting on canvas. A commercial artist, Patrick Nagel, created the most iconic woman of the 1980s. From the mid-1970s, Nagel worked with the Playboy magazine and extended the popularity of his iconic image of an 80's woman far beyond the magazine audiences.
At the turn of the century, hyper-realistic works by Hajime Sorayama (Japanese, 1947- ) caught our eyes. He started drawing Playboy inspired pin-ups during high school. He then worked with Penthouse magazine from 1995 to 2004. Sorayama is considered one of the most celebrated pin-up illustrators of our time with his unique world of erotic sci-fi. His famous "Sexy Robot", which was originally painted in 1978, has evolved from the genre of pin-up art to the fashion and cultural scene of the 21st century.
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