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  • Charles Saatchi Quotes (1943-)
    Iraqi British gallerist and art collector known for collecting the YBAs when they were still affordable.
  • David Salle Quotes (1952-)
    American painter and printmaker known for his works where images are placed beside and/or overlapping one another.
  • Jenny Saville Quotes (1970-)
    British figurative painter known for her large oversized nude women.
  • Egon Schiele Quotes (1890-1918)
    Austrian painter and draftsman known for his expressive drawings of nudes and portraits.
  • Julian Schnabel Quotes (1950-)
    American painter and film maker known for his smashed plate paintings and his film about Jean Michel Basquiat.
  • Charles M. Schulz Quotes (1922-2000)
    American cartoonist most famous for his Peanuts comic strip which had the Snoopy and Charlie Brown characters in it.
  • Richard Serra Quotes (1939-)
    American sculptor known for his large minimalist outdoor sculptures often made from massive curved pieces of rusted steel sheets.
  • Cindy Sherman Quotes (1954-)
    American photographer and film maker dealing with various social issues, particularly those dealing with women.
  • Jeffrey Smart Quotes (1921-2013)
    Australian painter known for his depictions of urban landscapes, often forboding and consisting of a single figure.


  • "Being a good artist is the toughest job you could pick, and you have to be a little nuts to take it on. I love them all."
    Charles Saatchi
  • "I start with an inability to see things singularly. The idea that you could muster the necessary belief in a mark or a shape to let that be the carrier of all the artistic meaning doesn't work for me. One thing automatically calls up another thing. And then that rhyme calls up a third thing to make a kind of chord. I have a musical analogy in mind."
    David Salle
  • "De Kooning is my main man, really, because he just did everything you can do with paint. He reversed it, dripped it, scraped it. But I want to hold on to a certain amount of reality."
    Jenny Saville
  • "I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds."
    Egon Schiele
  • "I don't really care about anatomy. Something perfectly drawn to me is just somebody showing you they can draw."
    Julian Schnabel
  • "If I were a better artist, I'd be a painter, and if I were a better writer, I'd write books.. but I'm not, so I draw cartoons!."
    Charles Schulz
  • "My work is really very hard to hurt. I mean people sit on it, write on it, piss on it, you really can't hurt it, I mean you can graffiti the f*** out of it, there's not much you can do to it hurt it."
    Richard Serra
  • "Someone once interviewed me and brought up the question of death, and I totally denied it. I'm not obsessed with death, and yet, when I started thinking about it, I realized that I actually was. It's one of those mysteries of life.. its terrifying and grotesque."
    Cindy Sherman
  • "Sometimes I'll drive around for months despair, nothing, nothing, then suddenly I will see something that seizes me.. a shape, a combination of shapes, a play of light or shadows and I send up a prayer because I know I have the germ of a picture."
    Jeffrey Smart

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