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Tools and Dreams

Dine, Jim

Tools and Dreams

etching & drypoint on paper, ed. 17/50

1985 Purchase in memory of John & Olive Courtney

Jim Dine's art originates from Abstract Expressionism. He incorporates ordinary objects, such as clothing or tools, into his work with brushy, gestural marks. Dine does not present these objects with the hard edges and commercial colors associated with Pop Art. The objects depicted in his art symbolize aspects of his life. Two symbols, tools and hearts, appear frequently in his art. He combines both of these symbols in "Tools and Dreams". Tools represent Dine's childhood memories of the hardware store owned by his family in Cincinnati. The heart symbolizes Dine's wife.