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Alfred Leslie Buell (1910–1996) was born in Hiawatha, Kansas in 1910, and grew up in Cushing, Oklahoma. In 1935 he began work in the studio Stevens/ Hall/ Biondi, and in 1940 opened his own art studio. He was one of many artists who collaborated with the gallery Esquire. Al created covers and pin up illustrations for many popular magazines at the time. In the 40s-50s, Buell collaborated with Coca-Cola, developing advertising campaigns. During World War II Buell painted a variety of popular and patriotic pin ups for Brown & Bigelow. Buell finished commercial drawing in about 1965. Still, he continued to create wonderful portraits and landscapes. Buell worked until 1993, until he was seriously injured in an accident, after which he was in a nursing home until his death in 1996.

Alfred is regarded as one of the leaders in the pin up style coming out of the 1940s. He is considered a vintage pin up artists and defined many of the standard ways pin up artists portray the art today. Buell remains very popular in the pin up art and illustration community to this day. His works are loved by people wanting to enjoy the great classic pin up art of the 40-50’s era with an emphasis on portraying a pin up girl full of emotion and character. Many times Buell focused on classic scenes of the time period and in that way can be considered vintage, as well as his style, medium and subject matter.

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