"Raised in New York's Hudson River Valley, and spending childhood summers in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, Eric Rhein formed a deep affinity with nature, which continues to inspire his multidisciplinary artwork. Influenced by the luminous landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School, Rhein's art forges an intimate metaphysical and transcendental connection between man and nature. Exploring this complex relationship, Rhein's work features a vast personal iconography-shaped by the natural environment such as hummingbirds, leaves, deer and other organic forms. Through his powerful metaphorical imagery, Rhein examines the liminal spaces between life and death, the tangible and the ephemeral, and the known and ethereal.
Working in a wide range of mediums, including wire drawings, sculpture, photography, and delicate mixed media collage, he handles often salvaged materials with empathetic reverence. Rhein's considered and intuitive use of repurposed objects is a hallmark of his work, frequently employing materials as varied as wire, plates, and pages from vintage scientific journals, hardware, jewelry, crystals and other found objects. For Rhein, the act of giving such cast-offs a new life mirrors the artist's own spiritual path."