Jim Dine, Seven Color Pass Dream, 2005, Signed, Lithograph, Edition 12, 62" x 50" Sheet Size,
Jim Dine was born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio. A painter, printmaker, poet, and experimental artist, Dine is recognized as one of the leading artists in American pop art. Dine first studied painting in evening courses at the Cincinnati Art Academy while still in high school. He then attended the University of Cincinnati, the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Ohio University. After moving to New York in 1959, he staged his first 'happening.' At the same time, he worked in paint, collage, and printmaking. Dine work has become highly personal and autobiographical. His bathrobe studies, for instance, are progressive self-portraits. Dine's graphic prints reflect his skill as a draftsman and his virtuosity as a painter. Dine often combines the two, but more often he has chosen to separate them so that some prints dramatically display his linear techniques and others his power as a painter. The Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Dallas, and the Brandeis Museum are only a few public institutions permanently exhibiting Jim Dine's artwork.