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Inspirational Art Quotes by the American contemporary artist Jim Dine
Born Jim Dine - Ohio, USA - 16th of June, 1935 / Lives - USA
Popular Jim Dine paintings include works depicting everyday objects like paint brushes, bathrobes, and tools, and symbols (most notably the love heart). Dine has also focused a lot of his attention on the art of drawing.

Jim Dine Quotes

  • "I appropriate things and make them mine. I'm a different person when I come back to them 20 years later, but they’re still mine."
    Jim Dine
  • "I've never had an easy relationship with critics. I hold a lot of homicide in my heart. If this was another time, I'd be packing a piece."
    Jim Dine
  • "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."
    Jim Dine
  • "I've never been a reporter. And if I have a romance with the objects that I'm drawing, it's more important that I have a romance with the mark that I am making."
    Jim Dine
  • "This idea of a talking stick (Pinocchio) becoming a boy, it’s like a metaphor for art, and it’s the ultimate alchemical transformation."
    Jim Dine
  • "The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it's charged with and how much subject matter is there."
    Jim Dine
  • "I have come to terms with a lot of things, because, when all's said and done, there's really very little one can do about a lot of things. You just accept them. The point is you just have to keep on working and you just have to keep on living."
    Jim Dine
  • "I was a bad boy in school primarily because I couldn’t read well, because I'm dyslexic. And the only thing I could read was poetry till I was 22 and I started to read novels. But you know, poetry kept me in the world of language."
    Jim Dine
  • "I really have no use for the New York Times. I try not to read that stuff, it's too upsetting for me. It’s insulting most of the time, you know? They hate me. I wouldn't even know who they are. I've never laid eyes on these people."
    Jim Dine
  • "I do not think that obsession is funny or that not being able to stop one's intensity is funny."
    Jim Dine
  • "For me, drawing is everything.. because it informs everything. It even informs my poetry. It’s the way I begin everything."
    Jim Dine


  • "No idea about the death of the book. Around my house it's very much alive. I am in the midst of doing 52 Books that is a book a week for a year."
    Jim Dine
  • "I'm extremely impatient. I'm always looking for an ease to get the idea out, and in that way photography suits me well. The magic of photography is that you can click it so fast. With photography you can keep clicking, and you have the record – you can reject it, keep it or use it later. For me it's quite magical."
    Jim Dine
  • "I'm not a Pop artist. I'm not part of the movement because I'm too subjective. Pop is concerned with exteriors. I'm concerned with interiors."
    Jim Dine
  • "Drawing is not an exercise. Exercise is sitting on a stationary bicycle and going nowhere. Drawing is being on a bicycle and taking a journey. For me to succeed in drawing, I must go fast and arrive somewhere. The quest is to keep the thing alive."
    Jim Dine
  • "Pop art is only one facet of my work. More than popular images I'm interested in personal images."
    Jim Dine
  • "I use different medias for different things. I enjoy carving wood, it's a physical thing, I enjoy using plaster and clay, to model, it’s a physical thing, I enjoy painting in a very physical way, and I enjoy drawing, because drawing for me informs everything I do; it's a way of seeing accurately and observing, and I try very hard to make my hand do with my eye says, and what my heart says. So yes, they are all different media, but they are still me. You know, it's like a guy who is a chef; if he cooked hamburgers all the time it would be boring."
    Jim Dine
  • "The book's future in the world of art is rather thin since the world of art becomes more and more commercial and more and more like the stock market. I am afraid there is no money to be made. I am not aware of a recent interest in the book as an object any more than there has always been or not."
    Jim Dine
  • "When I get a virulent review, people ask, 'What's the deal? Have they got something personal against you?' During my career, I have not had much positive criticism. And I've never played the game, you see. All I want is to be left alone to work."
    Jim Dine

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