Philosophy, cosmology and the sublime beauty of the works of Michelangelo, Rodin and Bernini are the inspiration from which Ira Reines draws to create his profound sculptural thesis on the relationships of order and chaos to man and divinity.
Ira Reines was born in New York City on December 3, 1957. At nineteen, one of Reines sculptures caught the eye of the director of the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut who offered him employment sculpting medallions. In 1980, Ira Reines was hired to work with Art Deco Master Ert, considered by many as the father of Art Deco. Ira worked closely with Ert, translating the masters two-dimensional designs into seventy bronze sculptures that were sold world-wide.
Upon Erts passing in 1990, Reines returned to his own sculptural vision exploring the relationship between man and the cosmos, order and chaos and the sublime divine beauty that arises from it.
Over decades of seclusion, meditation and introspection, he evolved the sculpting style known as Sculptural Etherealism delicate and intricately formed figures of near-perfect beauty, emerging as if in the process of creation, replete with splendor and spirituality arising from the intricate relationships between order and chaosbeauty born of chaos, form created from formlessness.
"My art depicts the human spirit in a mythic state of becoming, of awakening, that is the culminating moment of spiritual transcendence when the soul becomes one with eternity as it emerges from the elemental strata of fire, stone, ocean, and wind. It is a dance of divinity and chaos, the breath of desire as it rises in a flight of graceful ascension.
I see the infinitely expanding universe as being saturated with the force of intention, the soul of love ever yearning, and an eternal flight of awakening. In my sculptures these concepts take on idealized god/goddess forms, the male; creational forces, surging and inviolate, the female; yielding, sensual, gentle, and compassionate. Their combined threads weave the myriad planes of light and love and Divinity." -Ire Reines
Currently, such notables as Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Johnny Carson, Barbara Streisand, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Smithsonian in Washington D.c., Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art in Las Vegas, and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have sculptural pieces created by Ira Reines while in association with the famous Art Deco Master Ert, but his most notable placement is his bronze Neptune which is on permanent display on the grounds of The Society of the Four Arts in West palm Beach, Florida.
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