Jim Dine is closely associated with the development of pop art in the early 1960s. He frequently affixed everyday objects, such as tools, rope, shoes, neckties, and other articles of clothing, many of which were personal possessions, to his canvases. This autobiographical content was evident in Dine’s early Crash series of 1959-60 and appeared as well in subsequent recurrent themes and images, such as the palettes, hearts, and bathrobe self-portraits. Dine has also made a number of three-dimensional works and environments, and is well-known for his drawings and prints. He has written and illustrated several books of poetry.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1935, Dine attended the University of Cincinnati, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Massachusetts); and Ohio University, Athens, from which he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1957. He has had major retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York City.