Jim Dine

Jim Dine (b. 1935) was born in Ohio in 1935 and grew up working at a family-owned hardware store. After receiving his BFA from Ohio University in 1957, Dine moved to New York in 1959 and immediately became part of the avant-garde art scene. At the time many other Pop artists responded to the broader culture with deadpan popular imagery; meanwhile, Dine created a unique style, electing to combine elements from popular culture with personal content. Using this as a guiding principle, he selected images to represent both his inner self and his artistic persona. Eventually these images, including hearts, skulls, clothing, and tools, reached iconic status in his art, for they became blatantly self-referential. For over sixty years, Dine’s artwork has represented the cutting-edge of contemporary artistic thought. As Dine’s creativity and popularity endures, so does much of his personal imagery. His images vary as much as the media with which he renders them; in general, however, they evoke a fascination with the body. His works are featured in the collections of significant institutions around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Pompidou Centre, Paris.  In 2004, The National Gallery in Washington, DC organized a major survey of his work. Jim Dine lives and works in Walla Walla, WA and Paris, France.

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