Jim Dine, ‘Rainbow Faucet  ’, 1965, Pascal Fine Art
Jim Dine, ‘Rainbow Faucet  ’, 1965, Pascal Fine Art

Edition number: 27/75
Published by Tanglewood Press, Inc., New York
Foundry: Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc., New York

The title and subject of Rainbow Faucet show Jim Dine's interest in fusing imagination and everyday life. Dine chose a faucet as the focus for this piece because he spent much of his youth surrounded by tools in his grandfather's hardware store. The artist appreciates the formal and expressive potential of hardware and tools and keeps a stockpile of these in his studio for inspiration. The plumbing fixture tapers to a droopy point and emits a rainbow-striped drop of water.

"When I use objects, I see them as a vocabulary of feelings." Jim Dine, interview in New York World Journal Tribune, 1966

Signature: Signed, dated, and numbered, etched onto the base.

Manufacturer: Foundry: Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc., New York

From 'Seven Objects in a Box'

Private Collection, Dallas

About Jim Dine

Although often associated with both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, Jim Dine did not identify with a specific movement, producing a vast oeuvre of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculpture, poetry, and performances. Emerging as a pioneer (together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman) of New York’s Happenings of the 1960s, Dine would carry the spontaneous energy of this movement throughout his style, which emphasized the exploration of everyday life. Personally significant objects were Dine’s primary motifs, as in his iconic series of hearts and robes. He championed a return to figuration after a period of more concept-dominated works, and is considered an important figure in Neo-Dada and a forerunner of Neo-Expressionism. “The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it’s charged with and how much subject matter is there,” he once said.

American, b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in New York, Paris and Walla Walla, Washington