In the Studio: Ron Reihel

Reverie Arts
Nov 18, 2014 7:08PM

Artist Ron Reihel (b. June 28, 1965) discovered his love for creating masterful sculpture and painting while studying fine art at Otis Parsons in the early ‘90s. His unique forms were represented early in his career at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles. During his affiliation with Ace, Reihel sculpted abstract organic forms with chemical compounds of polymer and urethane, experimenting with fetish finishes such as automotive paint. From 1995 to 1997 Reihel incorporated more earthly materials into his work, combining the culturally primitive textures of rawhide and resin to create images of an inner-world reminiscent of ancient biological organisms. 

His visual experiences from being born in the California desert and then raised in the Florida Keys influence his current work, which examines the depth and gravity of light. His sculptures create an oscillation of color. Due to their ubiquitous nature the viewer is asked to notice the frequencies and nuances of light and the shadow it casts, while questioning the purity of color. Whether he is recreating landscape vistas or the delicate layers of a brilliant camellia flower, Reihel exposes the individual lines of colors as having equal importance in contributing to the overall effect that multihued images play in our sight. Provoking an unorthodox spirit, the sculptures continuously dance between absorption and reflection and engender a sense of internal power. These pieces are magical splinters of the natural world, underlining the very essence of how color shapes our perception and elicits emotional response.

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