Jim Dine

Jim Dine Blue Vase Etching 1993 Signed Color Edition of 56

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Artist: Jim Dine
Title: Blue Vase
Medium: Etching, Heliogravure, Power-Tool, and Monotype with Hand-Coloring on Zerkall Copperplate Warm White Paper
Image Size: 22" x 18.5"
Frame Size: 42" x 33" x 1.5"
Edition: 33/56 + 13 AP
Years: 1993
Inscription: Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil on front
Documentation: Gallery Certificate of Authenticity

Jim Dine's "Blue Vase", created in 1993, stands as a testament to the artist's mastery of diverse printmaking techniques and his profound exploration of personal symbols. This intricate piece is an etching, heliogravure, power-tool, and monotype, executed on Zerkall Copperplate Warm White paper. Signed in pencil, dated, and numbered 33/56, with 13 artist's proofs, the work was published by Pace Editions, Inc., New York, and is presented within a framed context.

Dine's artistic language is a nuanced autobiography, a collection of repeated symbols that serve as a vehicle for delving into the realms of memory and identity. In "Blue Vase", the artist employs a rich visual vocabulary, utilizing a variety of printmaking techniques, including etching, heliogravure, power-tool intervention, and monotype, showcasing the depth of his technical prowess as a printmaker. The use of diverse printmaking techniques allows Dine to weave a tapestry of depth, texture, and tonal variation, creating an immersive experience for the observer.

“Blue Vase" is signed, dated, and numbered in pencil and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Modern Artifact.

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.

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