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Art Quotes

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.

I paint with shapes.

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made money with it.

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

In art the best is good enough.

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.