Artist: Jim Dine
Title: Two Hearts at Sunset
Medium: Color lithograph
Size: 20 1/2" x 26 1/4"
Inscription: Signed and dated in pencil in lower left; numbered in lower right
Condition: Excellent condition with no flaws
Documentation: Gallery certificate of authenticity
The artist Jim Dine is often affiliated with the Pop Art movement. However, his style draws heavy inspiration from Dada assemblage and collage techniques and the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism. His expressive canvas compositions often include personal items such as clothing, shoes, and tools. Additionally, Dine explored his memories and the construction of identity. This intimate approach stemming from his psychoanalysis contradicted the Pop Art notion of consumerism and machine-produced artworks.
Throughout his career, Dine created series of repeating objects such as palettes, robes, and hearts that were significant to him only. Today these symbols are instantly recognizable for the way the artist combined iconic imagery with personal effects. he inclusion of such an intimate approach embraced the expressive role of the artist, the artist as an individual. He captured his role as an artist through various mediums such as painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and printmaking.
Two Hearts at Sunset illustrates one of Dine’s characteristic symbols, the heart. The blue heart and red hearts superimposed on a black and yellow background embrace a gestural style. There are visible brushstrokes with ink drips on the lithograph that evoke a sense of intimate emotions. Furthermore, the pitch-black color heavily contrasts the subdued primary colors enhance the expressive composition.
Two Hearts at Sunset includes a gallery certificate of authenticity. The work is signed and dated in pencil on the lower left and numbered on the lower right. Furthermore, the artwork is in excellent condition with no flaws.
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.