He has received several awards, platinum and gold albums, several magazine articles, interviews and has been televised for his artwork. Some major examples of his cover work include:
- Spitfire – Jefferson Starship (1976),
- All ‘N All – Earth, Wind & Fire (1977),
- Out of the Blue – Electric Light Orchestra (1977),
- Sunbear – Sunbear, Soul Train Records (1977),
- The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 – Earth, Wind & Fire (1978),
- When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll – Deep Purple (1978),
- Pleasure Principle – Parlet (1978),
- Can’t Hold Back – Pure Prairie League (1979) and
- Raise! – Earth, Wind & Fire (1981)
Other artists for whom he illustrated covers for include: Space, Maze, George Clinton, Kitaro, Rose Royce, Caldera, and Pure Prairie League.
He has also released several books of his artwork and has managed to launch an example of his artwork into outer space which orbited via the Russian Mir Space Station in 1991.
Shusei Nagaoka died on June 23, 2015.