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William Dobell Quotes|
Inspirational Art Quotes by the Australian
portrait painter Sir William Dobell
born William Dobell - Cookshill,
Newcastle, Australia - 24th of September, 1899 / Died - 13th of May 1970
Popular William Dobell works include portrait paintings, often elongated and distorted,
almost to the point of being caricatures. Dobell achieved a lot of public attention
in Australia after the Archibald prize controversy, with his portrait of Joshua
+ Honing a
thing down until you can still get through with economy, that's power. Learn your
technique thoroughly, immerse yourself in it, and then just throw it all out the
window, and express what you feel.. and it will come through that you are a technician.
A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what
is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself,
a living thing.
+ My best work was always done and still is I think when
I'm experimenting. If I stop experimenting I feel it just becomes a drudgery.
That's why I take so long and my sitters get tired waiting for commissioned portraits.
If they commission me they have to wait years sometimes because I discard so many.
I've never been able to go out and paint. I've never liked drawing or painting
in public. I can't bring myself to that.
+ Sometimes I move around the
head, getting different angles. For instance if I get a full face there's nothing
to tell you really how large the nose is. I have to get a sculptor's view of the
head and do a side one too because when you're doing the full job then you can
make the nose come forward.
+ I never intended to be a portrait painter.
It was after the Joshua Smith painting that people began asking me to do portraits
but I never wanted to be commissioned to paint portraits. I like to choose my
own subject and make a character study from it.