AMERICAN MASTER SCULPTOR
“Arising from chaos, my sculptures embody spiritual beauty, a sense of ascension, grace, flight, awakening, and rebirth that is a metaphor for divinity.”
Reines’ talent revealed itself after he started receiving awards for his sculpting talent at the early age of fifteen. 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, and of man and divinity. 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 chaos—beauty born of chaos, form created from formlessness.
In 1980, the iconic father of Art Deco and master artist Romain de Tirtoff—better known as Erté— aspired to have his beautiful drawings and paintings manifested as sculptures. Having no sculptural experience, Erté sought out a sculptor whose talent and sculptural ability would faithfully translate his two-dimensional oil work into sublimely beautiful three-dimensional bronzes. He selected Ira Reines to work with, an award-winning young sculptural prodigy whose talent and passion impressed Erté. Reines collaborated closely with Erté for eleven years, translating the master’s celebrated two-dimensional couture designs into a series of seventy bronze sculptures. Upon Erté’s 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 all.
Among the distinguished collections in which the works of Reines can be found:
• Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, U.S.
• Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England
• Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, U.S.
• Coral Springs Museum of Art in Coral Springs, U.S.
• Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, China.
• Private sculpture placement at Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, U.S.
• Private sculpture placement at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, U.S.