Vetriano's portraits are not sexual but are extremely sensual. There are many in the arty farty world who dismiss his work as Poster Art but that is just jealousy IMO. I have a couple of books with his works in them, excellent stuff.
I was looking for a gift for a friend and have always like industrial/northern art when I discovered Alexander Millars work. He's still on the go and has cashed in a bit on his Gadgie series but he's pretty nifty with the brush.
A couple of others have mentioned Hogarth, but it is his portrait of George Arnold, which, when I saw it at the Tate, just stopped me in my tracks. No photo of it can do it justice - you can see the character of Arnold, the essence of the old boy perfectly captured. View attachment 339705
This 3-part series on American art by Waldemar Januszczak played out on BBC4 last month. A bit too much on very modern stuff at times & Jackson Pollock but lots of good stuff as well. 1st part has fallen off the edge but Pts 2 & 3 still there, just. I found it informative.
especially Remington's 'Coming Through the Rye'. The right sort of Americana has always had a sort of fiery edge for me. You could say a B-17 is Art. So also enormous chrome-covered gas-guzzlers with whitewall tyres.
If I recall correctly, Roger Dean painted pictures for Yes's Albums in the 60's and 70's. Tales from Topographic Oceans and Relayer to name a few. He also produced work for Uriah Heep and Asia, among others.
A contemporary of Dean's was Rodney Matthews who produced similar work for the likes of Hawkwind, Ian Anderson, Nazareth and Praying Mantis.