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A Thin Line
A self-taught artist, Nagel exhibits an earnest admiration for classical oil painting techniques and traditions, and employs them to create lush, vivid renderings of the female form. Often in unconventional positions, the figures are frequently juxtaposed against carefully hand lettered type, marked with glossy black paint, or encircled with halos of line and light. There has been some discussion over the religious aspect of Nagel’s work, but he insists that he uses the female nude in his works – not only as a counterpoint, but as a supplement to the idea of the divine.