Jim Dine: Abstraction

Jim Dine is known for his timeless iconography; hearts, robes, and Venus de Milo are just some of the themes strongly associated with the artist's vast oeuvre. 

At the age of 81, the artist is passionately revisiting one of the most influential movements in Post-War art: Abstract Expressionism. 

Within Jim Dine: Abstraction, a wide array of recent paintings and graphics demonstrates the artist’s journey into his new aesthetic. 

For much of Dine’s career, hints of abstraction could be found in the backgrounds of his works. In the last decade we have seen a greater focus on the strength and intensity of background abstract elements, causing the representational imagery to pop out on the surface. In Dine's newest work, we witness the background abstraction, so inherently captivating, moving to the foreground and taking center stage. Dine invites us into a complex, mysterious, and colorful journey of beauty in his exploration of abstraction. 

The canvases in this exhibition present Dine’s recent work with confidence and joy; they are filled with vivid color, texture, and dimension without reference to his prior imagery. 

Throughout Dine’s career, the artist has also been an avid printmaker enthusiastically approaching the art form out of his love for the process. In his new body of abstract graphics, Dine has proven fearless with his experimentation of composition as well as techniques used to create the finished work. The artist has inventively used unlikely methods: power-tools, coffee grounds, India ink, and thickly collaged elements in order to give each of his compositions the impact of a unique work, with each impression heavily worked by the artist’s hand. 

Dine’s most recent work is the birth of uninhibited expression and discovery. These creations make a powerful statement about the artist's continuous growth and spirit of adventure. Dine's large abstraction transports us into a new realm of color, surface texture, composition and form.

Pictured Above: Blood Moon – 96″ x 72″, 2015

Pictured Above: A Sign of its Pale Color, Tenderness – 84″ x 84″, 2015

Pictured Above: (Left) Love in the Wood – 67″ x 48″, 2015
(Right) Pepper (A Crime) – 48″ x 96″, 2014

Pictured Above: (Left) The Gravel Road – 52 3/4 x 37″, 2015
(Right) White Truck on the Right–Airport, Far Left – 63″ x 49 1/4″, 2015

Pictured Above: (Left) Creeley and Rebecca – 63″ x 49 1/4″, 2015
(Right) Left-Handed Woodcut – 37″ x 53″, 2015

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Julian Opie: Nature 1

“I wanted to make a print like a wall drawing that could turn the wall into water or land – that could bend the wall back into the surface of the sea.  By cutting the drawing out of sheet steel and hanging it from hidden fixings it can almost be part of the wall turning the whole wall into the print.”

-Julian Opie, 2015
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art is delighted to present Nature 1,  a major new body of editioned work by the British artist Julian Opie.
Consisting of 14 laser-cut powder-coated aluminum wall reliefs of boats, pebbles, sheep, and fish, these new works were inspired by Julian Opie’s observations in both London and Cornwall, places in the UK where the artist has homes. Having grown up with art of the post-war St. Ives School, Opie developed a keen awareness of British artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. In making these new steel works, however, he has chosen to contrast some of the traditional subjects of British Landscape art with a medium and material which alludes to a more contemporary urban, post-industrial world.
My sheep are drawn in the language of motorway signage produced on machine made surfaces. The sheep remind you of quiet walks and wind swept valleys, while the LEDs, the shiny acrylic and the powder-coated, laser-cut aluminum are part of the struggle through the airport, underground or high street.”
Born in 1958 in London and a graduate of Goldsmith’s School of Art, Opie reinterprets the vocabulary of everyday life through his typical reductive style and his innovative use of new and traditional techniques. His works are held in numerous international museum collections including MoMA, New York, MFA, Boston, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Tate, U.K.

Julian Opie: Nature 1 will be on view from April 6 – May 26.
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We are captivated inspired by Jim Dine's recent shift into abstraction. Who inspires you?

Jim Dine / White Truck on Right-Airport, Far Left / 2015 / Woodcut and power-tool abrasion with hand coloring on Hahnemuhle / 63" x 49-1/4" / Edition of 6

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We had a wonderful experience at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2016. 

Exhibited were works by  Tim Bavington, Luigi Benedicenti, Robert Cottingham, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Ralph Goings, Howard Hodgkin, Paul Jenkins, Anish Kapoor, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Bertrand Meniel, Robert Motherwell, David Parrish, James Rosenquist, John Salt, Ben Schonzeit, and Wayne Thiebaud.

We are delighted to share these photos of our booth #308.

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