Jim Drain

American, born 1975

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Jim Drain

American, born 1975

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In vigorously colorful mixed-media works, Miami-based artist Jim Drain uses saturated psychedelic hues and patterns in a combination of formal exploration, art history, and popular culture. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Drain attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1990s, where he became involved with an art collective that inspired his extensive mixing of mediums. Following school, Drain introduced his love for discarded materials to a new skill—knitting—and is now best known for his stuffed and sewn sculptures that incorporate fabric scraps with machine knit-patterns. In general, Drain’s works are a melange of many parts; fun-house mirrors, plastic easter eggs, found items, and printed ephemera bearing referential imagery.

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The Bass Museum of Art
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Biography

In vigorously colorful mixed-media works, Miami-based artist Jim Drain uses saturated psychedelic hues and patterns in a combination of formal exploration, art history, and popular culture. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Drain attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1990s, where he became involved with an art collective that inspired his extensive mixing of mediums. Following school, Drain introduced his love for discarded materials to a new skill—knitting—and is now best known for his stuffed and sewn sculptures that incorporate fabric scraps with machine knit-patterns. In general, Drain’s works are a melange of many parts; fun-house mirrors, plastic easter eggs, found items, and printed ephemera bearing referential imagery.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
user
Solo show at a major institution
The Bass Museum of Art
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Jim Drain
Articles Featuring Jim Drain
These Artists Are Giving Knitting a Place in Art History
Jan 25th, 2017
Artsy’s Editorial Team Picks Favorites Around Miami
Dec 8th, 2013
Artists Jim Drain and Naomi Fisher on Why Miami is Like a “Scary, Sexy, Messy, Futuristic Sci-fi Novel”
Nov 29th, 2013
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