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IRA REINES  (Sculptural Etherealism)

Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

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“Arising from chaos, my sculptures embody spiritual beauty, a sense of

and rebirth that is a metaphor for divinity.”

Master sculptor Ira Reines

1957 – current


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.


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 realized as sculpture. having no sculptural experience, Erté sought out a sculptor whose talent and sculptural ability would faithfully translate those two-dimensional works into sublimely beautiful three dimensional bronzes. He selected Ira Reines, 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. Those sculptures were distributed world-wide and reside in the collections of well-known museums including Great Britain’s Victoria and Albert Museum, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of art, Coral Springs Museum in Florida, and the Shanghai Doulun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, China.


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. Over decades of seclusion, meditation and introspection, he evolved the sculpting style known as “Sculptural Etherealism”—delicate and intricately formed figures of near-perfection 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. 





Ira Reines was born in New York, New York on December 3, 1957 and by the age of five his sculptural talents began to emerge.


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. Ira Reines studied the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, and Rodin most passionately and even had the good fortune to experience their masterpieces first-hand in Rome and Florence when he was twenty, a very inspiring experience.


In 1980, Ira Reines was hired to work with Art Deco master Erté, considered by many as the father of Art Deco.  Ira worked closely with erté, translating the master’s two-dimensional designs into seventy bronze sculptures that were sold world-wide.


In 1991, after Erté’s death, Reines’ skills and personal style in fine art sculpting began to evolve, undergoing a metamorphosis from classical mythological themes to more contemporary ones.


In 1998, Ira Reines lost both of his parents. he began to channel and transform that pain into positive energy by creating beautiful sculptures featuring the ascension and re-birth of the human spirit, the soul’s eternal flight with divinity and love out of chaos.


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 Erté, 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.


In 2012, a wealthy Reines collector donated the monumental work “Aurora” to Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina as part of their gift of the university’s new student center. “Aurora” is permanently installed at the main entrance to the Center. 





Sculptures that Reines had created during his association with Art Deco Master Erté may be found in the collections of such notables as:


Actress Elizabeth Taylor 


Singer Elton John 


Former Talk-Show Host Johnny Carson 


Singer / Actress Barbara Streisand



Museums and Public Installations:


Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York – The largest museum in the United States, their artwork collection of two million pieces includes Erté’s works while collaborating with Reines.


Museum 1999, Tokyo, Japan – A Japanese museum with collection of Erté created by Reines that exceeds in quantity the number of pieces held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Four Arts Gardens – A 1981 heroic installation of  Ira Bruce Reines’ sculpture titles “Neptune” is part of the collection of this botanical garden in Palm Beach, Florida which features the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden and the Esther B. O’Keefe Art Gallery.


Shanghai Doulun Museum of Modern Art – this museum, which is also known as the Doland MOMA the only government supported modern art museum in the People’s  Republic of China, has accepted Reines sculpture as part of their permanent collection.


“Aurora” – Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Spring, NC.


Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas, Nevada. 





A guiding principle behind the “Sculptural Etherealism” of Master Sculptor Ira Reines is that there is no beauty or order without chaos since chaos is the precursor to creation itself.  True to that concept, Reines bronze thesis “Sculptural Etherealism” effects the creation of visual essays that eloquently articulate divine order and beauty arising from the divine disorder of chaos, in a uniquely and universally significant way.


In the spirit of “Sculptural Etherealism”, Reines sculpts delicate and intricately formed figures of sublime beauty, emerging from chaos and disorder as if in the spiritual process of becoming and awakening into order, form and enlightenment.


His masterful interpretations of “Sculptural Etherealism” go beyond their exquisite beauty to address humanity’s quest for faith, love, inspiration, hope and an understanding of our place within the vastness of the universe and the fullness of time. 


“My art has a spiritual beauty, a sense of ascension, grace, flight, awakening, and rebirth that is significant and rare. It is vital to me that it conveys beauty and the juxtaposition of order and chaos as metaphors for divinity.” – Ira Reines





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 idealize 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.