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Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous American pop artist Keith Haring
Born Keith Haring - Pennsylvania, USA - 4th of May, 1958 / Died - 16th of February, 1990
Famous Keith Haring art work included mostly symbolic line drawings of people and situations. He translated these simple images into sculpture, paintings, grafitti, prints, drawings, and more.
Keith Haring Quotes
- "The act of creation is a kind of ritual. The
origins of art and human existence lie hidden in this mystery of creation. Human creativity
reaffirms and mystifies the power of life."
- "Art should be something that liberates your
soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further."
- "People were more interested in the phenomena
than the art itself. This, combined with the growing interest in collecting art as an investment
and the resultant boom in the art market, made it a difficult time for a young artist to remain
sincere without becoming cynical(during the 80s art boom)."
- "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."
- "I don't think art is propaganda; it should
be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go
further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it."
- "There are some images that I will only use
once, and not use again because they don't seem to really hit the nail right on the head, but
there are some which are so strong they have to be reduced; sometimes just reusing them makes
- "I think you have to control the materials
to an extent, but it's important to let the materials have a kind of power for themselves;
like the natural power of gravity, if you are painting on a wall, it makes the paint trickle
and it drips; there is no reason to fight that."
- "Red is one of the strongest colors, it's
blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop
signs as well... In fact I use red in all of my paintings."
- "The dripping... well, if it happens, it
happens; it does not take anything from the work. The dripping just proves that you were not
trying to control the work, but the work was developing by itself and if it drips, it's a
natural part in the evolution of the work."
- "Every time I make something I think about
the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person
who made it."
- "I will draw as much as I can for as many
people as I can for as long as I can."
- "You have to be
objective about money to use it fairly. It doesn't make you any
better or any more useful than any other person. Even if you use
your money to help people.. that doesn't make you better than somebody
who has no money but is sympathetic and genuinely loving to fellow
- "Why should a painter work if he is not
transformed by his own painting."
- "I am interested in making art to be experienced
and explored by as many individuals as possible with as many different individual ideas about the
given piece with no final meaning attached. The viewer creates the reality, the meaning, the
conception of the piece."
- "I'd like to pretend that I've never seen
anything, never read anything, never heard anything, and then make something."
- "As an art student
and being sort of in the underground and having very precise and
cynical ideas about the art world, the traditional art dealer gallery
represented a lot that I hated about the art world. But people started
to see an opportunity to make a lot of money buying my work. I got
disillusioned with letting dealers and collectors come to my studio.
They would come in and, for prices that were nothing, a couple hundred
dollars, go through all the paintings and then not get anything
or try to bargain."
- "I wanted to sell my paintings because it would
enable me to quit my job, whether as a cook or delivering house plants or whatever else I was doing and
paint full time. But I had to have a gallery just to give me distance."
- "Good and Evil are very hard to explain or
understand. I'm sure that evil exists, but it is hard to isolate. Good and evil are intertwined
and impossible to separate. They are not completely opposites and in fact are often one and the