What’s funny is that I don’t own a bathrobe. I don’t wear one. I don’t walk around in one. I never see bathrobes around me, nor do I see people wearing them. I don’t have a bathrobe to paint from. What I use is what I’ve used from the very beginning—a newspaper ad which I clipped out of The New York Times back in 1963. The ad shows a robe with the man airbrushed out of it. Well, it somehow looked like me, and I thought I’d make that a symbol for me. 

Jim Dine

Jim Dine b. 1935

For nearly six decades, American artist Jim Dine has evoked the power of symbolism, familiarity, and the search for self through a variety of mediums. A seeming critique on modern society, Dine places personal possessions and regular objects at the focal point of his prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. His evolving imagery includes reoccurring themes such as heart shapes, bathrobes, tools, and the human body for which he is best known.

Dine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1935. His grandfather owned a hardware store where he worked throughout his youth later influencing his interest in ordinary objects. “I grew up with tools…I’ve always been enchanted by these objects made by anonymous hands,” he has stated. From 1953-1957 Dine studied poetry at the University of Cincinnati and later the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After receiving his BFA from the Ohio University in Athens, GA, he moved to New York in 1958.

Auction Results Jim Dine

JIM DINE, Swaying in the Florida Night | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Swaying in the Florida Night

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,125
JIM DINE, The New French Tools 3 - For Pep from New French Tools | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

The New French Tools 3 - For Pep from New French Tools

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,125
JIM DINE, Heart for Film Forum | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Heart for Film Forum

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,125
JIM DINE, Ten Winter Tools (Awl) | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Ten Winter Tools (Awl)

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,063
JIM DINE, Lithographs of the Sculpture: The Plant Becomes a Fan (five works) | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Lithographs of the Sculpture: The Plant Becomes a Fan (five works)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,000
JIM DINE, 2 Robes (Fern's, Acid and Water) (diptych) | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

2 Robes (Fern's, Acid and Water) (diptych)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,500
JIM DINE, Fortress of the Heart | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Fortress of the Heart

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500
JIM DINE, Dorian Gray in Multi-coloured Vinyl Strip Cape from The Picture of Dorian Gray (Edition A) | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Dorian Gray in Multi-coloured Vinyl Strip Cape from The Picture of Dorian Gray (Edition A)

estimate: $400–600
result: $1,125
JIM DINE, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Untitled

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,125
JIM DINE, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Untitled

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
JIM DINE, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Untitled

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
JIM DINE, Dinner | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Dinner

estimate: $600–800
result: $875
JIM DINE, White Teeth | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

White Teeth

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,625
JIM DINE, A Tool Box portfolio | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

A Tool Box portfolio

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000
JIM DINE, A Well Painted Strelitzia | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

A Well Painted Strelitzia

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,375
JIM DINE, Venus at Sea | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Venus at Sea

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,000
JIM DINE, The Garrity Necklace | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

The Garrity Necklace

estimate: $3,000–5,000
JIM DINE, Lost Shells (diptych) | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Lost Shells (diptych)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,500
JIM DINE, Heart for Film Forum | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Heart for Film Forum

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,125
JIM DINE, A Robe Made for the Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

A Robe Made for the Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,250
JIM DINE, Robe in a Furnace | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Robe in a Furnace

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,500
JIM DINE, Study for Two Venuses | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Study for Two Venuses

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $40,960
JIM DINE, The New French Tools 5--Boulevard Victor, Double Sky | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

The New French Tools 5--Boulevard Victor, Double Sky

estimate: $1,200–1,800
JIM DINE, Nancy Outside in July V | ragoarts.com

Jim Dine

Nancy Outside in July V

estimate: $500–700
result: $688