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Gulf Series

Travels to the Gulf region have proven fruitful for Juel's practice. The area's thrust toward post-modernity and its grasp on tradition inspired Juel to freely realize his multicultural statement. Sitting at a café in Dubai's old port, Juel observed and participated in the urban experience. New money, old traditions, steel skyscrapers and a lush sandscape all conspire in Juel's complex narratives. These are history paintings, although not in the traditional sense. Potent symbols, such as the falcon, represent the abstract conflicts and harmonies that thread through our shared experiences. In essence, Juel is creating a new mythology. The falcon is Horus, deity of both war and salvation. As the falcon soars through many of Juel's paintings, he signifies unbridled freedom. But as he is also a domesticated animal, the falcon is subject to human tragedies as well.