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Famous quotes and profiles of famous American artists that are based in or born in the country of the United States of America (USA). Artists include painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, printmakers, and more.
See also : Contemporary American Artists

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* Scott Adams quotes
+ Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
* Josef Albers quotes
+ I do not like to be a prophet. I like better to paint than to predict what the next painters will do. Though I have a feeling that consideration of order is very much in the air.

* Richard Avedon quotes

+ If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.
* Jean Michel Basquiat quotes
+ Believe it or not, I can actually draw.
* Eli Broad Quotes
+ Contemporary art challenges us.. it broadens our horizons. It asks us to think beyond the limits of conventional wisdom.
* Alexander Calder quotes
+ The sense of motion in painting and sculpture has long been considered as one of the primary elements of the composition.
* Francesco Clemente quotes
+ I never paint a portrait from a photograph, because a photograph doesn't give enough information about what the person feels.
* Robert Crumb quotes
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+ I decided to be more brave about what was coming out. I used to draw that stuff in secret and throw it away. Flush it down the toilet. I wanted to see what the readership could take.
* Jim Davis quotes
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+ I get to do something I love to do for a living and I don't have to do anything else, which is great.
* Willem de Kooning quotes
+ Whatever an artist’s personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists.
* Richard Diebenkorn quotes
+ In a successful painting everything is integral.. all the parts belong to the whole. If you remove an aspect or element you are removing its wholeness.
* Jim Dine quotes
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+ My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing. It's about making the best kind of image I can make, it's about talking as clearly as I can.
* Frank Gehry quotes
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+ I think my best skill as an architect is the achievement of hand-to-eye coordination. I am able to transfer a sketch into a model into the building.
* Philip Guston quotes
+ I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next morning the delirium is over. I come into the studio very fearfully, I creep in to see what happened the night before. And the feeling is one of, "My God, did I do that?".
* Keith Haring quotes
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+ My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can. Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.
* Hans Hofmann quotes
+ A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world.
* Winslow Homer quotes
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+ I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. The thing is done without your knowing it.
* Edward Hopper quotes
+ Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist.
* Jasper Johns quotes
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+ I tend to like things that already exist.
* Donald Judd quotes
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+ I didn't want to get into something which is played out and narrow. I want to do as I like, invent my own interests.
* Bob Kane quotes
+ To me, it's not work. When I draw and I write, I find it relaxing. It's not like 9-to-5, where a man goes to a job and he isn't really interested in the job. Luckily, I get paid for doing what I'd do for nothing.
* Thomas Kinkade quotes
+ What I paint touches on foundational life values. Home, family, peacefulness. And one of the messages I try to constantly get across is slow it down and enjoy every moment.
* Franz Kline quotes
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+ The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across?
* Jeff Koons quotes
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+ I'm basically the idea person. I'm not physically involved in the production. I don't have the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people..
* Lee Krasner quotes
+ We get used to a certain kind of color of form or format, and it's acceptable. And to puncture that is sticking your neck out a bit. And then pretty soon, that's very acceptable.
* Barbara Kruger quotes
+ I always say that I'm an artist who works with pictures and words, so I think that the different aspects of my activity, whether it's writing criticism, or doing visual work that incorporates writing, or teaching, or curating, is all of a single cloth, and I don't make any separation in terms of those practices.
* Roy Lichtenstein quotes
+ I'm not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don't really want it to carry one. I'm not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way.
* Seth MacFarlane quotes
+ Thing about animation is there are people who associate it more with being a visual art. I've actually always thought of animation as more closely related to the performing arts. So many of the same rules of acting apply. In a lot of cases you don't have to be a terrific artist.
* Robert Mapplethorpe quotes
+ I never liked photography. Not for the sake of photography. I like the object. I like the photographs when you hold them in your hand.
Berthe Morisot
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+ It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.

* Alice Neel quotes

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+ Whether I'm painting or not, I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working, I'm still analyzing people.

* Helmut Newton quotes

+ The photographs don't arouse me. All I can think about is the hard work it took to make them.
* Isamu Noguchi quotes
+ The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. Its ideal does not deviate from that of nature. But I am also a sculptor of the West. I place my mark and do not hide.
* Georgia O'Keeffe 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.
* Claes Oldenburg quotes
+ I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.
* Nathan Oliveira quotes
+ You're sitting there with your muse and your muse is telling you something and you’re following it, and you end up the next day looking at it and thinking "what the hell was the muse saying to me?"
* Jackson Pollock quotes
+ Every good painter paints what he is.
* Richard Prince quotes
+ A lot of it’s experimental, spontaneous. It's about knocking about in the studio and bumping into things.
* Robert Rauschenberg quotes
+ I think that in the last twenty years or so, there's been a new kind of honesty in painting where painters have been very proud of paint and have let it behave openly.
* James Rosenquist quotes
+ I tell young people that the greatest paintings in museums are made with minerals mixed in oil smeared on cloth with the hair from the back of a pig's ear. It's that simple.
* Susan Rothenberg quotes
+ Sometimes the painting starts to relate very directly to either sights seen or experiences felt, other times it just goes off on a tangent that you really can’t articulate.
* Mark Rothko quotes
+ It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
* David Salle quotes
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+ Ever since I started painting, I have tried to get the fluidity and surprise of image connection, the simultaneity of film montage, into painting.
* Julian Schnabel quotes
+ I do dream about art, and images come to me in dreams. I am definitely hoping to be in touch with my subconscious. I expect a call any minute.
* Charles M. Schulz quotes
+ 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!
* Richard Serra quotes
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+ I'm not precious about my work. If you get it out into the urban field it's going to be used or misused but it'll also probably provide a way of people acknowledging what the aesthetic is about because people have to confront it every day.
* Cindy Sherman quotes
+ I was supporting myself, but nothing like the guy painters, as I refer to them. I always resented that actually.. we were all getting the same amount of press, but they were going gangbusters with sales.
John Singer Sargent
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+ Everytime I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
* Frank Stella quotes
+ I don't like a lot of the stuff that goes on in the art world, but it's hard to be old and like what goes on around you.
* Spencer Tunick quotes
+ I'm trying to create flesh architecture. I aim to get a sculptural feel for groups of bodies, as well as create performance art.

* Cy Twombly quotes

+ When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time.

* Bill Viola quotes

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+ Human beings have always been creative. The guys who were making the pyramids.. and archaeological research has showed us this.. had little figurines made by the workers, to express their devotion to their god.
* Andy Warhol quotes
+ Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job.
+ Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

* James Whistler quotes

+ It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.

* Grant Wood quotes

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+ I realized that all the really good ideas I'd ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa.
* Frank Lloyd Wright quotes
+ I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

* Andrew Wyeth quotes

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+ Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art. It is important to forget about what you are doing.. then a work of art may happen.

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