Jim Dine American, b. 1935



A contemporary painter and assemblage artist, Dine has created gestural, sometimes heavily impastoed work with a style that hearkens to Abstract Expressionism. A major early influence was Jasper Johns from whom he learned methods of juxtaposing of real objects shadowed by painted copies.


Since the mid-1970s, his work has reflected his skill as a draftsman and has focused more on traditional pictorial problems rather than leading-edge improvisation.


Dine was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he studied at the Art Academy and the University of Cincinnati. In 1959, he moved to New York City where he established his studio, despite previously being an artist-in-residence for institutions such as the Williams College in Massachusetts, Oberlin College in Ohio, and Cornell College in New York.


Shortly after his arrival in New York, he joined a performance artist group known as the “Happenings". Members included the likes of Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow, and Claes Oldenburg. Dines works from this period, some of which featured flashing lights, were part of the assemblage of events staged by the above mentioned artists.


Dines work is represented in most major contemporary art museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A special exhibition of his work, “Jim Dine Walking Memory,” was held at the Cincinnati Art Museum in October of 1999.