Dumpster Find Leads to Rediscovery of Artist Francis Hines

After fading into obscurity, the late artist Francis Hines is gaining new attention after a car mechanic rescued hundreds of his paintings from a dumpster in Connecticut.

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Paintings by Francis Hines sit wrapped in plastic in a barn Sept. 27, 2017, in Watertown, Conn. After fading into obscurity, Hines, who died in 2016, is again gaining attention after hundreds of his paintings were rescued by a car mechanic from a dumpster in Connecticut. An exhibit of that art will open May 5, 2022, at the Hollis Taggart galley in Southport, which is known for showing the works of lost or forgotten artists. (Jared Whipple via AP)
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After fading into obscurity, the late artist Francis Hines is gaining new attention after a car mechanic rescued hundreds of his paintings from a dumpster in Connecticut. Hines, an abstract expressionist, garnered some recognition in 1980 by using fabric to wrap the arch in New York City’s Washington Square in an intricate crisscross pattern. But he kept a low profile and drifted out of the art world’s spotlight, passing away in 2016. The trove of…

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