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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 theyre still mine."
- "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."
- "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'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
- "This idea of a
talking stick (Pinocchio) becoming a boy, its like a metaphor
for art, and its the ultimate alchemical transformation."
- "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."
- "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."
- "I was a bad boy
in school primarily because I couldnt 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."
- "I really have no
use for the New York Times. I try not to read that stuff, it's too
upsetting for me. Its 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."
- "I do not think
that obsession is funny or that not being able to stop one's intensity
- "For me, drawing
is everything.. because it informs everything. It even informs my
poetry. Its the way I begin everything."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "Pop art is only
one facet of my work. More than popular images I'm interested in
- "I use different
medias for different things. I enjoy carving wood, it's a physical
thing, I enjoy using plaster and clay, to model, its 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."
- "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."
- "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."