Inspirational Art Quotes by the Canadian born
expressionist artist Philip Guston
born Phillip Goldstein - Canada - July
27, 1913 / Died - USA June 7, 1980
Popular Philip Guston works include an Abstract
period and figurative period of cartoonish,
naive works that include topics such as, shoes,
cigars, ku klux klan, and the artist in the
+ In my experience a painting is not made with
colors and paint at all. I don't know what a painting
is; who knows what sets off even the desire to
+ Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so
what you see is not what you see. I don't know
what a painting is; who knows what sets off even
the desire to paint? It might be things, thoughts,
a memory, sensations, which have nothing to do
directly with painting itself. They can come from
anything and anywhere.
+ Look at any inspired painting. It's like a gong
sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.
+ 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
+ To paint is a possessing rather than a picturing.
+ There's some mysterious process at work here,
which I don't even want to understand.
+ Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms.
It's the only thing left in our industrial society
where an individual alone can make something with
not just his own hands, but brains, imagination,
+ Usually I am on a work for a long stretch, until
a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary
vanishes, and the paint falls into positions that
+ There is something ridiculous and miserly in
the myth we inherit from abstract art.. that painting
is autonomous, pure and for itself, and therefore
we habitually defined its ingredients and define
its limits. But painting is "impure".
It is the adjustment of impurities which forces
painting's continuity. We are image makers and