Artist: Jim Dine
Title: A Well Painted Strelitzia
Medium: Etching with hand coloring, printed by Jeffrey Berman, published by Pace
Sheet Size: 35 1/2" x 23 3/4"
Frame Size: 42 1/2" x 31 1/2"
Inscription: Signed and dated on lower left
Condition: Good condition overall
Documentation: Gallery certificate of authenticity, Reference: D'Oench and Feinberg, 73.
Jim Dine began drawing plants in the 1960s and they quickly became a cornerstone of his practice. In the 1960s, Dine created The Plant Becomes a Fan which was a precursor to his botanical drawings of the 1970s and early 80s. Obsessed with the constant change of growth and decay, Dine studied the evolving nature of plants as organic matter. Dine's botanical drawings also demonstrate his creative process. Famously, one of the most important tools in his practice was his eraser. He used his eraser to constantly revise his art and to carve out intentional negative space.
"A Well Painted Strelitzia" was created towards the end of Dine's botanical period, and it carries the type of refinement you'd expect after a career perfecting the process of capturing plants. His earlier plant drawings often extended off the edges of the page, but "A Well Painted Strelitzia" appears to reflect a fully realized composition neatly centered in the frame of vision.
Jim Dine's "A Well Painted Strelitzia" is from an edition of 33 hand colored etchings printed by Jeffrey Berman and published by Pace. It is hand signed and dated on the lower left. The 1980 etching includes a gallery certificate of authenticity and can be verified by Reference: D'Oench and Feinberg, 73.
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.