recent quotes about art
I painted with acrylic paint, and the reason
why I went to oil was mainly because I didnt
control it. I was looking for the insecurity
of it. I mean, I might have found another
reason later, but at that moment, the reason
was I was looking for the insecurity.
I think everybody deserves freedom. Freedom
is such an abstract word, but it's all we
The act of painting is about one heart telling
another heart where he found salvation.
When I work, I work very fast, but preparing
to work can take any length of time.
It takes a long time for a man to look like
McNeill Whistler :::
All true artists, whether they know it or
not, create from a place of no-mind, from
I'm painting an idea not an ideal. Basically
I'm trying to paint a structured painting
full of controlled, and therefore potent,
I've never believed in God, but I believe
I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm
not painting. It's in the subconscious.
At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to
me that no one in the world has ever made
something this beautiful and important.
I am essentially a painter of the kind of
still life composition that communicates a
sense of tranquillity and privacy, moods which
I have always valued above all else.
A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful
attempt to put on to canvas what is in front
of him, but one who tries to create something
which is, in itself, a living thing.
The holy grail is to spend less time making
the picture than it takes people to look at
Our society is run by insane people for insane
objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs
for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to
be put away as insane for expressing that.
That's what's insane about it.
The music that really turns me on is either
running toward God or away from God. Both
recognize the pivot, that God is at the center
of the jaunt.
There's no retirement for an artist, it's
your way of living so there's no end to it.
You come to nature with all her theories,
and she knocks them all flat.
The people who weep before my pictures are
having the same religious experience I had
when I painted them. And if you, as you say,
are moved only by their color relationships,
then you miss the point!
Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is
more logical and scientific and makes you
worry about gravity.
Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the
Believe it or not, I can actually draw.
Michel Basquiat :::
Man can't do without God. Just like you're
thirsty, you have to drink water. You just
can't go without God.
O great creator of being grant us one more
hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.