Rein Nomm







Rein Nomm

Rein Nomm

Plymouth, MI


I am an artist and visual explorer who uses paint, clay, paper, wire, film 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 and digital works. Although my work is stylisticly varied, it does have 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 work has been displayed or published by a variety of organizations including: the Saatchi Gallery Online, 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; Qind Magazine (London, England), 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, My work is also in private collections in Europe and the U.S. I have shown my work in a one-man show and in numerous group shows in the US.

I am a self-taught artist who has been honing his artistic skills and aesthetic sense for over 35 years. I have 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. 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 I immigrated to the United States in 1950. I grew up in Detroit and currently live in Plymouth, Michigan with my wife.


Ophelia Redux by Rein Nomm


The Red Room by Rein Nomm


Penetration by Rein Nomm


Looking Over the Edge by Rein Nomm


Everything is Illuminated by Rein Nomm


In Grown by Rein Nomm


Bar Harbor Sunrise by Rein Nomm


Rain of Rocks by Rein Nomm


Conjoined Emptiness by Rein Nomm


Chance Meeting by Rein Nomm


Overflowing Feelings by Rein Nomm


Approching Sorrow by Rein Nomm


Nevermore by Rein Nomm


Jitterbuging by Rein Nomm


The Face of Fear by Rein Nomm


Troubled Waters by Rein Nomm


A Door to Nowhere by Rein Nomm


Confined by Rein Nomm


After the Fall by Rein Nomm


Rising Up by Rein Nomm


Wholyer Than Thou by Rein Nomm


Twists and Turns by Rein Nomm


Culmination by Rein Nomm


Single Minded by Rein Nomm


The Shore of Despair by Rein Nomm


Jitter Bug by Rein Nomm


The Visionary by Rein Nomm


Layers of Light by Rein Nomm


The Ladder of Life by Rein Nomm


Lands End by Rein Nomm


Feeling Better by Rein Nomm


Not For Sale? by Rein Nomm


The Animal Within by Rein Nomm


Road Rage by Rein Nomm


One for the Road by Rein Nomm


Seeing Eye to Eye by Rein Nomm


Theme and Variations by Rein Nomm


Buddha of the Lilacs by Rein Nomm


The Art in Artichoke by Rein Nomm


Still Life by Rein Nomm


Adam by Rein Nomm


The Old Man of the Forest by Rein Nomm


Bursting With Joy by Rein Nomm


Splat by Rein Nomm


Coming Unwrapped by Rein Nomm


A World's End by Rein Nomm


Coming Face to Face by Rein Nomm


Peeling Back the Layers by Rein Nomm