Art Quotes

Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life.
“Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life.”
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”
Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.
“Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea.
“Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea.”
I shut my eyes in order to see.
“I shut my eyes in order to see.”
Make art that makes you happy. Make art that makes you better. Make art that makes you money. Make art that makes a difference.
“Make art that makes you happy. Make art that makes you better. Make art that makes you money. Make art that makes a difference.”
To gain freedom is to gain simplicity.
“To gain freedom is to gain simplicity.”
If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
“If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.”
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
Art speaks where words are unable to explain.
“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”
Art is a way of recognizing oneself.
“Art is a way of recognizing oneself.”
It's better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others.
“It's better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others.”
An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he ? for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
“An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he ? for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.”
You were born an original. Don't die a copy.
“You were born an original. Don't die a copy.”
If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.
“Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.”
The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.
“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.”
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
I would like to paint the way a bird sings.
“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”
Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.
“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.”
The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.
“The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.”
Beauty will save the world.
“Beauty will save the world.”
Creativity is not a competition.
“Creativity is not a competition.”
A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.
“A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.”
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
“The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.”
Art is a step in the known toward the unknown.
“Art is a step in the known toward the unknown.”
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.”
If I'm going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything!
“If I'm going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything!”
Creativity takes courage.
“Creativity takes courage.”
Painter, paint!
“Painter, paint!”
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”
Go wild, for a while.
“Go wild, for a while.”
One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with.
“One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with.”
If people would just look at the paintings, I don't think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It's like looking at a bed of flowers, you don't tear your hair out over what it means.
“If people would just look at the paintings, I don't think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It's like looking at a bed of flowers, you don't tear your hair out over what it means.”
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
“He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all to prudent.
“It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all to prudent.”
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no and wow.
“There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no and wow.”
The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.
“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.”
You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.”
It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own.
“It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own.”
Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.
“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.”
The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.
“The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.”
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.
“The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.”