Rein Nomm, Plymouth, Michigan USA Member Since June 2008 Artist Statement I am an artist and visual explorer who uses paint, clay, stone, wire, wood, paper, and pixels to create and discover new visual worlds. My work has evolved from recording the beauty and variety of the external world to creating my own imaginary worlds, as evidenced in my paintings, sculptures, photographs and digital works. My work is small in scale and as such is intended for private, one on one, viewing as opposed to public viewing in a gallery. Consequently, I find the Internet to be the perfect means of sharing my artworks with others. Although my works are stylistically varied, they do share undercurrents of Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction and a dash of Dada; as well as reflecting my Northern European roots and the influences of a formal graduate education in art history and philosophy.
My works have been displayed, sold or published by a variety of organizations including: Saatchi Gallery Online, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the BBC Collective Gallery, Downtown LA Life International Magazine, Fora Do Tempo, Boletin del Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Historico (PH 60) in Seville, Spain; Qind Magazine (London, England), Hackeando Catatau (Portugal), * Marilenalaterza (Italy), Eroski Consumer (Spain), Progressive Buddhism, Chaotic (U.K.) Green Hills Literary Lantern, Detroit Free Press, Times Union in Albany NY, File Magazine, Flak Photo, Michigan in Pictures, Exposure Detroit Selective Focus Show, the permanent collection of the Meteor Photo Gallery, and the Agitatto Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. My works are also in private collections in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. My work has been the subject of a one-man show and I have appeared in various group shows in the US.
I am a self-taught artist who has been honing his artistic skills for over 40 years. I have worked as a professional photographer, off and on, for 18 years, undertaking assignments as diverse as architectural photography, executive portraits, special events and product packaging. I also have taught art history, philosophy and logic at various colleges and universities in Michigan and was chairman of the Humanities department at Duns Scotus College in the 1970s. I have two Masters degrees, one in Humanities and the other in Philosophy from Wayne State University.
I was born in a displaced persons (DP) camp in Augsburg, Germany of Estonian parents, and immigrated to the United States in 1950. I grew up in Detroit and currently live in Plymouth, Michigan with my wife.