|Acquisition Number: 2011.17
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Size: 16" x 20"
Credit: Purchased in memory of Ted Luntz Family
Born in 1935, Jim Dine is considered an Ohio native. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and in 1957 he received a bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ohio University in Athens. Dine moved to New York in 1959.
From the early 70s, Dine’s images were usually simple subjects like tools, robes or hearts and his drawings became increasingly figurative. While in New York he became involved with Robert Rauschenberg, Class Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein. Dine incorporated images of everyday objects in his art, but he diverted from the coldness and impersonal nature of pop art by making his works that fused personal passions and everyday experiences. His repeated use of familiar and personally significant objects, such as a bathrobe, hands, tools and stylized hearts, is a signature of his art.
In his early work, Dine created mostly assemblages in which he attached actual objects to his painted canvases. From 1959 to 1960, Dine also a pioneer of happenings; works of art that took the form of theatrical events or demonstrations. In 1967 Dine and his family moved to London, England, where he devoted his energies to printmaking and drawing. Dines attention turned to sculptural work in the early 80s when he created sculptures based on Venus de Milo.
Dine returned to the United States in 1971. Still creating the commonplace objects, his work showed a growing preoccupation with graphic media. Dine is an American painter, graphic artist, sculptor and poet who emerged during the Pop art period as an innovative creator of works that combine the painted canvas with ordinary objects of daily life.