American artist Jim Dine is considered among the most accomplished draftsmen of his generation. A talented painter, sculptor, printmaker, illustrator, performance artist, stage designer and poet, Dine has produced over 3,000 artworks during his prolific career.
Jim Dine first came to prominence in the early 1960s through his involvement with the Happenings movement. Although described as a Pop Artist for his use of everyday objects (his work was included alongside the likes of Lichtenstein and Warhol in a 1962 exhibition entitled New Painting of Common Objects, thought to be the first ever Pop Art exhibition in America), Dine’s artwork combines elements of abstraction, minimalism and conceptual art to create compositions that are both expressive and personal.
Dine’s method remains the same across several of his mediums. Through a process of exploration and reinvention Dine repeats a theme over and over again so that the theme loses its place in the eye of the public and becomes his iconography. Themes have included plants, animals, figures, hearts and tools, and are the hallmark of his paintings and limited edition prints.