b. 1935

Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, he spent a lot of time around objects of production his grandfather's hardware store and his father's plumbing and paint store. Working in both locations in his youth gave him an appreciation for not only the function of tools but also their aesthetic qualities. He said, "I was completely bored by the idea of selling, but in my boredom I found that daydreaming amongst objects of affection was very nice. I still think that white glaze on a bathroom sink or toilet is very moving. Commercial paint color charts were real jewel lists for me too."* These objects are one of the many recurring themes in Dine's art. Inanimate objects take on additional meanings in Dine's pictures. For example, he frequently depicts a robe as his own self-portrait. 

Since the 1970s, Dine has moved more toward the figure. On his farm in Vermont, he had a model who regularly came to sit for him. He also has closely studied his face and that of his wife, Nancy. Dine continues to push the medium of printmaking in new directions with his collaboration with various printers. Dine's career has spanned diverse artistic movements from happenings (Smiling Workman, 1960) to representational work (Five Paintbrushes, 1973) to expressionistic gestural paintings (Main Street #5, 2008) to sculpture (Tools + Fire, 2010).

*Jim Dine Artist's Statements in Jean E. Feinberg, Jim Dine, Modern Masters (New York), 101. It originally appeared in John Gordon, Jim Dine (New York: Peaeger Publishers; Whitney Museum of American Art, 1970), np.

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