“For me, drawing is everything.. “
– Jim Dine
Jim Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 16th, 1935. His real name is James and growing up was nicknamed “Jimmy.” He began creating art at a very young age and liked to go to art museums. He was Dyslexic and didn’t learn to read very well until he was 22. Dine states that as a child the only thing he could read was poetry. His Mother died when he was just 12 years old.
Dine studied at the Cincinnati Arts Academy during the early 1950s. He also received his education from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. In 1957, Dine graduated from Ohio University.
Dine incorporates images of everyday objects in his art that fuse personal passions and everyday experiences. His repeated use of familiar and personally significant objects, such as a robe, hands, tools, and hearts, is a signature of his art.
Artists in our class used oil pastels, liquid watercolours and grape seed oil to create their Valentine’s Day masterpieces.