Jim Dine Artist Biography
Jim Dine is probably best known for his images of everyday and found objects such as a mans dressing-gown, a heart, or the Venus de Milo. He has used these images again and again in different compositions and turned them into his own trademark.As an artist Jim Dine produces a prolific amount of work in a wide variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, printmaker, illustration, performance art, stage design and poetry. His first involvement with the art world was with his Happenings,1959ﾖ60. These were unusual theatrical or performance art events. His use of everyday objects in his work during the 1960ﾒs linked him to the Pop art movement but his work also combined elements of abstraction, Minimalism and conceptual art. By the 1980ﾒs he had become seen as a forerunner of the figurative and Neo-Expressionist trends.Jim Dine was born June 16, 1935, in Cincinnati, USA. He studied art at the Cincinnati Arts Academy and later at the Boston Museum School and Ohio University. In 1957 he married Nancy Minto and the following year they moved to New York. Although New York has remained his base he continues to move around in reach of inspiration and has set up dozens of temporary studios in cities all over the USA and Europe in order to focus on special projects or to prepare exhibitions.