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- There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
- Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
- Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903)
- I shut my eyes in order to see.
- Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903)
- Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision.
- Penn Jillette (1955 - ), Interview in WIRED magazine, 1993
- Why should I buy expensive art when I can make my own.
- Piero Milani
- The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
- Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)
- Every artist was first an amateur.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), Letters and Social Aims: Progress of Culture, 1876
- An authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
- Rebecca West (1892 - 1983), The Count and the Castle, 1957
- Repetition is the death of art.
- Robin Green, Northern Exposure, Burning Down the House, 1992
- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams (1957 - ), 'The Dilbert Principle'
- If I've learned one thing in the 14 years I've been a full-time cartoonist, it's that you can not let anyone else define your professionalism. It has to be a personal ethos to which you adhere despite third party influence or acceptance. The old measuring sticks for professionalism are going away and now more than ever it's time for independent creatives to set the bar. Set it high.
- Scott R. Kurtz, PvPonline, 11-28-2011
- All art is an imitation of nature.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
- Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
- Simonides (556 BC - 468 BC)
- Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form.
- Stephen Nachmanovitch
- Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
- I never spend more than one hour in a gallery. That is as long as one's power of appreciation persists.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943
- Life isn't long enough for love and art.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Moon and Sixpence
- The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
- I know just how frustrating it can be when you're tired and exhausted, but you still want to draw something.
- Ward Jenkins, Ward-O-Matic, 03-23-2006
- Each painting has its own way of evolving...When the painting is finished, the subject reaveals itself.
- William Baziotes
- The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner (1897 - 1962), Interview, 1958