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Painting: Acrylic, Wood, goldleaf, stucoo, purepigment on Wood, Other.
Al Held meets Klimt. The series of Portal Paintings are studies in perception. Surface values are manipulated in subtle ways that result in different aspects being emphasized from different angles and in varying light. The inclusion of gold leaf alludes to the tradition of Icon painting and contemplative viewing. The intimacy of the work's small scale demands the involvement of the viewer in surprising ways.