Painter Quotes

Quotes tagged as "painter" (showing 1-30 of 53)
Yoko Ono
“Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die.”
Yoko Ono

Vladimir Nabokov
“At eight, he had once told his mother that he wanted to paint air.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Zdzisław Beksiński
“I am obsessed with the process of creation.”
Zdzisław Beksiński, The Fantastic Art of Beksinski

Christian Bobin
“A painter is someone who wipes the windowpane between the world and us with light, with a rag made of light, soaked in silence.”
Christian Bobin

“I haven't the slightest idea what art is, but to be a painter is something of which you have to prove.”
Wayne Thiebaud

“Finally, when someone asked [Pollack] how he knew when a painting was finished, he replied, “How do you know when you’ve finished making love?”
Ross Wetzsteon, Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia 1910-1960

Jackson Pollock
“Every good painter paints what he is.”
Jackson Pollock

Claude Monet
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers”
Claude Monet

“I love to draw—pencil, ink pen—I love art. When I go on tour and visit museums in Holland, Germany or England—you know those huge paintings?—I’m just amazed. You don’t think a painter could do something like that. I can look at a piece of sculpture or a painting and totally lose myself in it.”
Michael James Jackson

“Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make.”
Max Beckmann

John Fowles
“I hate people who collect things and classify things and give them names and then forget all about them. That’s what people are always doing in art. They call a painter an impressionist or a cubist or something and then they put him in a drawer and don’t see him as a living individual painter any more.”
John Fowles, The Collector

“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?”
Pablo Picasso Infant Toddler Center

Salvador Dalí
“Dalí is one marvellous painter, but in living times he's one marvellous clown —more interesting for everybody.”
Salvador Dalí

Haruki Murakami
“朝の早い時刻に、まだ何も描かれていない真っ白なキャンバスをただじっと眺めるのが昔から好きだった。私はそれを個人的に「キャンバス禅」と名付けていた。まだ何も描かれていないけれど、そこにあるのは決して空白ではない。その真っ白な画面には、来るべきものがひっそり姿を隠している。目を凝らすといくつもの可能性がそこにあり、それらがやがてひとつの有効な手がかりへと集約されていく。そのような瞬間が好きだった。存在と非存在が混じり合っていく瞬間だ。”
Haruki Murakami, 騎士団長殺し―第1部 顕れるイデア編

Kamand Kojouri
“Now is not the time for bigots and racists. No time for sexists and homophobes. Now, more than ever, is the time for ARTISTS. It’s time for us to rise above and to create. To show humanity. To spread hope. We must prevent society from destroying itself, from losing its way. Now is the time for love.”
Kamand Kojouri

“The search for this inner truth is the search for beauty. People whose vision does not penetrate beyond the narrow limits of the commonplace, and to whom a cabbage is but a vulgar vegetable, are surprised if they see a beautiful picture painted of one, and say that the artist has idealised it, meaning that he has consciously altered its appearance on some idealistic formula; whereas he has probably only honestly given expression to a truer, deeper vision than they had been aware of. The commonplace is not the true, but only the shallow, view of things.
[...]
Our moments of peace are, I think, always associated with some form of beauty, of this spark of harmony within corresponding with some infinite source without. [...]. In moments of beauty (for beauty is, strictly speaking, a state of mind rather than an attribute of certain objects [...]) we seem to get a glimpse of this deeper truth behind the things of sense. And who can say but that this sense, dull enough in most of us, is not an echo of a greater harmony existing somewhere the other side of things, that we dimly feel through them, evasive though it is”
Harold Speed, The Practice and Science of Drawing

A.P. Sweet
“Leave me to die a lonely death.
An artist’s death.
A writer’s playground.
A painter’s background.
A philosopher’s bread and butter.
An endeavor that we
all face. I just hope that
I’m not the only one
there.”
A.P. Sweet, dead, but dreaming

“Art is a necessity-an essential part of our enlightenment process. We cannot as a civilized society, regard ourselves as being enlightened without the arts”
Ken Danby, Ken Danby

Kelsey Brickl
“It was a tribute to Raphael that lesser artists wanted to copy his work, but this… this was a travesty. The fresco consisted of Galatea’s apotheosis, wherein she is surrounded by mythical creatures. A beautiful scene, with all the potential in the world, but very poorly executed here. Galatea herself looked vapid and empty. The rest of the painting indicated pure ignorance on the part of the painter. I shook my head in confusion. The giant Polyphemus was depicted with two normal eyes, when clearly he ought to have but one. Triton, for his horn, was using not a shell but an actual trumpet of brass. I nearly laughed aloud at that observation; would not such an instrument be completely destroyed by seawater? Who the devil had painted this monstrosity?”
Kelsey Brickl, Paint

Minnelli Lucy France
“I adore the elegance of botanical realism but I also can't help but dream of my very own neo-surrealistic fantasy flowers, and so I paint and illustrate both; I always find myself between both of those worlds.”
Minnelli Lucy France

“A tent will never become a painter's canvas.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Our jobs determine what we deem more important: a painter is likely to claim that he or she would rather be deaf than be blind, whereas a singer is likely to claim the opposite.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Average artists copy their peers, but the true great artistic gesture lies in the shamelessness of stealing and getting away with it.”
Dora Maar

“Usually, a "great painter" is a dead painter.”
Jean-Michel Rene Souche, Along Odessa Beaches: Oil Paintings

“A painter of genius has a bovine mind. He does not think, he only sees.”
Jean-Michel Rene Souche

“Butterflies are a painter's canvas with wings.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“Eyes speak. Eyes say the unsaid words. Eyes express feelings. Eyes convey emotions. Eyes are eloquent. Eyes are tender. Eyes are sensitive. Eyes are captivating. I can't help looking into eyes. I am always fascinated by eyes. If I were a painter then I would love to paint the eyes of the people I meet and come across.”
Avijeet Das

“Oh, my dear fellow, if you want to be a gentleman you must give up being an artist. They've got nothing to do with one another. You hear of men painting pot-boilers to keep an aged mother--well, it shows they're excellent sons, but it's no excuse for bad work. They're only tradesmen. An artist would let his mother go to the workhouse. There's a writer I know over here who told me that his wife died in childbirth. He was in love with her and he was mad with grief, but as he sat at the bedside watching her die he found himself making mental notes of how she looked and what she said and the things he was feeling. Gentlemanly, wasn't it? (381)”
Somerset Maugham

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