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Oehlen Quotes (1954-)
German painter working in a variety of styles and mediums, from figurative through to abstraction.
O'Keeffe Quotes (1887-1986)
American painter known for her large flower paintings which were often erotically suggestive.
Oldenburg Quotes (1929-)
Swedish American sculptor known for his oversized representations of everyday objects and for his soft sculptures.
Oliveira Quotes (1928-2010)
American painter loosely associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement, known for his portrayal of the human figure.
Olsen Quotes (1928-)
American painter and printmaker famous for his portrayal of the Australian landscape and life in Australia.
- "There are two kinds
of mistakes. The one mistake is the 'bad' picture. Of course, I've
made pictures that I don't like or like less than others. The other
mistake is the positive mistake where I say I can afford this mistake
because this is not the meaning of the picture. I like these mistakes
or these errors but with them I try to prove that the subject or
the concept of the picture is on something else-in this case the
mistakes are good."
- "Objective painting
is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A
hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill
or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say
- "We don't copy the
objects we use, we try to transform them and we hope they go on
transforming as you look at them. The idea of endless public dialogue..
visual dialogue.. is very important to us."
- "For me painting
is that magical material, that beautiful stuff that was invented,
the ground-up pigments in oil which makes it very malleable. It
can be manipulated and changed, darkened, lightened, given different
hues and colors, so that by manipulating this material somehow I
can find that figure I'm looking for, that figure that represents
all the issues I'm bringing up and addressing."
- "I think a single
sentence by Van
Gogh is better than the whole work of all the art
critics and art historians put together."