Raynes Birkbeck was born in the Bronx and now lives and works in Manhattan, NY. He is a self-taught artist who paints, sculpts, draws, and writes poetry. He chronicles personal and fictitious accounts with subject matter ranging from environmental issues, war, politics, and sex. Individual drawings stand alone, but when seen together, strong narratives appear, woven throughout his body of work and organized by a personalized system consisting of four concurrent dimensions. He has exhibited work at SITUATIONS, New York; the Bureau of General Services--Queer Division, New York; and Safe Gallery, Brooklyn. Willow Glen Films is producing a documentary on Raynes set to be released in 2019 in conjunction with his exhibition at Nino Mier Gallery, LA.
"The significance of my work is to show the people looking at a sculpture, a painting, a drawing, a collage, or a poem the beauty, the power, the love and the need of nature or a higher power. And even in the most mundane and commonplace things that "the Force" is always present. That the existence of nature and God are evident due to the fact that all things are made up of atoms and thus are created by, maintained, destroyed, resurrected and governed by nuclear forces, states, conditions and laws."