One of the most consistently innovative artists to have emerged in the second half of the twentieth century, Jim Dine was a pioneer of the Happenings movement and is closely associated with the inception of Pop-Art. Dine’s work often reveals a characteristic interplay between actual and painted objects, where everyday items 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 a unifying thread throughout Dine’s extensive career, which has spanned drawings, works on paper, paintings, assemblages, and sculpture. His subjects have included plants, animals, figures, puppets, and self-portraits, and his iconic depictions of hearts, tools, and robes have become the hallmark of his oeuvre. In recent years he has created powerful large-scale works using acrylic paint, sand and charcoal embodying abstraction and motion.
Born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dine studied at the University of Cincinnati, Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Massachusetts and Ohio University, Athens, USA. Since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1960, Dine has had over 300 solo exhibitions worldwide, most recently at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018). His work has been recognised with retrospectives including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1970), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1978), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (1999), and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2004). Dine lives and works in Paris, France, and in Walla Walla, Washington.