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Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous American artist James Rosenquist
Born James Rosenquist - Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA - 29th of November, 1933 / Lives United States of America
Famous James Rosenquist works include large scale Pop Art images in a style influenced by his years spent as a billboard painter.
James Rosenquist Quotes
- "I was probably
born with the ability to draw, but that does not make you an artist."
- "People say I use
my billboard technique to make art. Baloney! I used my art technique
to paint billboards."
- "It's all autobiographical,
everything is, all of it."
- "If you are close
to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that's all."
- "Whenever I got
a new studio I made the largest possible painting, and since the
ceiling was low, the painting became horizontal. As I changed studios
and got larger spaces, I made bigger paintings."
- "It all has meaning
to me. As I explain my paintings, I hope that they get away from
me, that the idea takes off and has a life of its own."
- "I tell young people
that the greatest paintings in museums are made with minerals mixed
in oil schmeared on cloth with the hair from the back of a pig's
ear. It's that simple."
- "Have you ever watched
anyone die? They are struggling for life and then they are dead
and something seems to have left the room.. an electrical spark,
a soul, I don't know what it is, but there is a cadaver left, and
the spark is gone. That's very, very peculiar I think."
- "I made paintings
to the limits of the size of the studios, that's it."
- "I still don't know
what art is. People think it's decoration. I don't think so. It
could be decorative, but it's not decoration."
- "I'm interested
in contemporary vision.. the flicker of chrome, reflections, rapid
associations, quick flashes of light. Bing-bang! I don't do anecdotes.
I accumulate experiences."
- "In many ways my
paintings are about energy.. both in how they are created and the
- "It was just another
kind of composition where you just see this here, and this there,
and this there, and it's that simple. Just bing, bang, boom, instead
of the old Renaissance structure and push-and-pull composition.
It's like the eye just picks out, looks at things. I don't know
how to describe it."
- "I think being an
artist is having courage to be original. It's hard to describe,
because many great artists, including Picasso, have all been influenced
by the great master paintings, Spanish paintings, whatever. Their
art has looked like them, they've been influenced by them, and then
finally, they leap, they take off. And then they become themselves.
Then it looks like they just came out of nowhere."
- "It fascinates me
to create beautiful paintings with the simplest means."
- "I think it's important
to learn how.. it's important to study, to learn. To polish up on
drawing, which is very academic. Like drawing from plaster casts,
because it's handy to be able to know how to do that. And then when
you have everything polished and all your senses ready, then if
an idea does happen, you can do something about it. You can maybe
convince yourself with your abilities that way."
- "I mean, at one
point, I had an apartment for 30 bucks a month, a studio for 45
dollars a month, breakfast was a quarter at the Students Institute;
two eggs, toast and tea. I didn't have any money but I was rich!
That was the feeling. That's really impossible now to do that in
- "Paintings are memories.
Memories of the painter who painted them. Memories that can be shared
as well. Paintings are things to remember things by."
- "I'm interested
in the speed of recognition of color in space and the acceleration
of nostalgia into the future."