Artist: Jim Dine
Title: Blue Point
Medium: Unique offset lithograph with hand painting
Image Size: 18 7/8" x 35 1/2"
Frame Size: 31 1/2" x 47 1/2"
Edition: 15/20, each edition is unique
Inscription: Numbered, signed, and dated on front lower left "15/20 Jim Dine 2014"
Documentation: Gallery certificate of authenticity
Through a lexicon of repeated symbols, Jim Dine uses his art to explore the construction of identity and memory. Although many of the items Dine illustrates are inherently personal, including his use of the robe, they are also intended to be universally understood; a type of cultural shorthand that feels intimate to a wide audience. Perhaps the must universal of all Dine's symbols is the heart which is immediately undersold in its meaning.
Jim Dine's "Blue Point" features two side-by-side hearts created in a patchwork of brushstrokes. A master printmaker, Dine's lithographs often uses innovative techniques or unexpected elements. "Blue Point" is from an edition of 20, but each work is unique thanks to its hand painted finish. The piece is numbered, signed, and dated on front lower left "15/20 Jim Dine 2014" and includes a gallery certificate of authenticity.
About Jim Dine
Jim Dine is an American artist and poet known for his contributions to the formation of both Performance Art and Pop Art. Employing motifs which include Pinocchio, heart shapes, bathrobes, and tools, Dine produces colorful paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. "I grew up with tools. I came from a family of people who sold tools, and I've always been enchanted by these objects made by anonymous hands", Dine has said.
Born on June 16, 1935 in Cincinnati, OH, he studied poetry at the University of Cincinnati before attending the University of Ohio where he received his BFA in 1957. After moving to New York in 1958, Dine became part of a milieu of artists which included Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg, with whom he began to stage performances at sites in the city, these later became known as "Happenings". By the early 1960s he had switched his focus towards painting, drawing on his interest in popular imagery and commercial objects. Though he was shown alongside Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Dine never considered himself a member of the Pop Art movement.
The artist currently lives and works between New York, NY and Walla Walla, WA. His works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.