Jim Dine

Jim Dine


Jim Dine is a famed American pop artist, born on June 16, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Walnut Hills High School before going on to the University of Cincinnati. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1957.

Jim Dine is considered to be part of the Neo-Dada movement, and he first earned respect in the art world with his performance art known as the Happenings. The Happenings came about as a collaboration with fellow artists Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg. This performance art was described as being “chaotic” and was in extreme contrast to the other art that was popular at the time. The first in this series of performance art was performed in 1959, and was known as The Smiling Worker.

Jim Dine was undoubtedly a large part of the birth of American pop art, along with other notable artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Dowd, Joe Goode, and more. His works were included in the innovative New Painting of Common Objects, which is commonly considered to be one of the first American pop art exhibitions. This exhibition spawned the new movement in the art world, which became a movement that not only shocked the world, it also fundamentally and completely changed the art world, from that point and onward.

Beginning in the early 1960s, Dine began creating pieces of modern art with common, everyday objects. While these works received acclaim and garnered plenty of critical and commercial success, they still left Dine feeling unsatisfied and as if he was searching for more.

Dine moved to London and spent four years there, working on and developing his art. He then returned to the United States in the early 1970s, and began spending his time focusing on numerous series of drawings.

Dine’s work is included in numerous public collections, such as the following:

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
  • British Museum, London
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C
  • the Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Tate Gallery, London
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

About Hamilton Selway Fine Art

Hamilton Selway Fine Art opened its doors nearly two decades ago and has been successful ever since. In fact, Hamilton Selway has grown into one of the largest and finest purveyors of fine art and contemporary art on the entire West Coast. We have built one of the largest collections of pop art that you will find anywhere and we operate on one simple philosophy — we provide the finest condition artwork at the best possible price point to a clientele of both novice and seasoned art collectors.

We also have a unique and specialized niche in the art world, in that we have a huge inventory of fine artwork, which gives us greater control over the artwork that we are offering to our clients, rather than simply acting as middlemen between a supplier and our clients. We also strive to make buying and selling art a fun experience, and one that keeps our clients coming back again and again.

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