2/23/2016

Al Buell

Al Buell Pin Up Girl

Alfred Leslie (Al) Buell (1910–1996) was an American painter of pin-up art. He was born in Hiawatha, Kansas in 1910, and grew up in Cushing, Oklahoma. He attended some classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, which, in concert with a trip to New York City, decided him on a career in art.

In 1935 Al Buell joined the Stevens/Hall/Biondi art studio in Chicago and his association there with Haddon Sundblom was to prove crucial to his artistic development. By 1940, he had opened his own studio. During this period, he provided illustrations for many of America's mainstream magazines and was active in the advertising field, most notably for Coca-Cola in the 1940s and 1950s.. Buell also did work for several other calendar companies in the early 1940s.

During World War II, Buell was rejected by the draft, so he spent the war painting a variety of popular and patriotic pin-ups for Brown & Bigelow. After the war was over, he began contributing to Esquire's Gallery of Glamour.

Buell returned to Brown & Bigelow in the late 1950s. He continued to paint glamour and pin-ups until about 1965, when he retired from commercial art.
Buell produced two calendars for Brown & Bigelow Company in 1960 and 1961. His 1960 Calendar was titled "Al Buell's Delectabelles" and 1961 titled "Al Buell's Beauties." He ended his commercial career around 1965 and went on to paint fine-art subjects including landscapes and portrait commissions. He remained active until 1993 when he was injured in an accident.

Al Buell pin up

Al Buell pin up

Al Buell pin up girl

Al Buell pin up girl

Al Buell pin up art

Al Buell pin up art

Al Buell pin up artist

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