Ideas in the Abstract
Curated by Rein Nomm
Plymouth, MI, United States
Born in Augsburg Germany in a displaced persons (DP) camp in 1945, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1950 with his parents. He is an artist and visual explorer who uses paint; stone, clay and wire; film; and digital pixels to create and capture new and experimental visual ideas. His work has evolved from recording the beauty and variety of the external world as it presented itself to creating his own imaginary worlds.. Although his work is varied in style, it does have undercurrents of Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and Lyrical Abstractionism; as well as reflecting his Northern European roots and the influences of a formal graduate education in art history and philosophy.
Nomm's work has been displayed or published by a variety of organizations including: the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the BBC Collective Gallery; Downtown LA Life Magazine International; Boletin del Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Historico (PH 60) in Seville, Spain; Green Hills Literary Lantern, Detroit Free Press, File Magazine, Flak Photo, the permanent collection of the Meteor Photo Gallery, and the Agitatto Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland, which also represents my work in Europe. His work is also in private collections in Europe and the U.S. He has shown jis work in a one-man show and in numerous group shows in the US. Since 1995, when he created his website, his work has been viewed by more than 3 million of people worldwide.
Nomm is a self-taught artist who has been honing his artistic skills and aesthetic sense for over 35 years. He has worked as a professional photographer, off and on, for the past 18 years, undertaking assignments as diverse as architectural photography, executive portraits, special events and product packaging. He 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. He has two Masters degrees, one in Humanities and the other in Philosophy from Wayne State University.
He grew up in Detroit and currently lives in Plymouth, Michigan with his wife.
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