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 Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, China.
Upon Erte’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-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.
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.