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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."
    Keith Haring
  • "Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further."
    Keith Haring
  • "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)."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "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 them stronger."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring

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  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can."
    Keith Haring
  • "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 human beings."
    Keith Haring
  • "Why should a painter work if he is not transformed by his own painting."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "I'd like to pretend that I've never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything, and then make something."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "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."
    Keith Haring
  • "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 same."
    Keith Haring

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