One of the most renowned and consistently innovative artists to have emerged in the second half of the twentieth century, Jim Dine is associated with the inception of Pop-Art in the sixties. Dine’s work often reveals a characteristic interplay between actual and painted objects, where everyday items including tools, rope, neckties and even a kitchen sink, can be found anchored to his canvases. For Dine, the canvas represents the ultimate manifestation of “unreality”; his found objects, conversely, the embodiment of what is real. The alchemical aspect of translating concrete objects into pictorial landscapes has been a source of fascination, and unifying thread throughout Dine’s extensive career.
Born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dine studied at the University of Cincinnati and Boston Museum School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dine has been given solo exhibitions in museums in Europe and the United States, including retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1970, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1978. Dine lived in London for a number of years, and he currently resides in Paris, France, and in Walla Walla, Washington.