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Inspirational Art Quotes by the American expressionist artist Jean Michel Basquiat
Born Jean Michel Basquiat - New York, USA - 22nd of December, 1960 / Died - 12th of August, 1988 - USA
Popular Jean Michel Basquiat works include graffiti influenced naive, expressionist paintings, often including text and images from popular culture. Many paintings were also painted on found objects, old boards, and furniture.
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  • "I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist, or I'd draw a ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect spiderman."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I start a picture and I finish it. I don't think about art while I work. I try to think about life."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "Believe it or not, I can actually draw."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "Since I was 17 I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix. I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I am not a black artist, I am an artist."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "Occasionally, when I get mad at a woman, I'll do some great, awful painting about her."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life."
    Jean Michel Basquiat

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