Alfred Leslie 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, Buell and his wife moved
to Chicago, Illinois, where he joined the Stevens/Hall/Biondi
Studio. By 1940, he had opened his own studio. During this period,
he did a number of pin-ups for the Gerlach-Barklow calendar company.
Buell also did work for several other calendar companies in the
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. He remained active
until he was injured in an accident in 1993, after which he remained
in a nursing home until his death in 1996.