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All famous artists listed alphabetically and by their area of expertise.
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A to Z collection of quotes by notable architects and builders like Frank Gehry and Antoni Gaudi.

Architect Quotes


List of interesting quotations and sayings by art critics like Clement Greenberg and Robert Hughes.

Art Critic Quotes


Collection of quotes by art collectors and investors like Eli Broad and Charles Saatchi.

Art Collector Quotes


Interesting quotes and comments about cartooning by artists like Jim Davis and Michael Leunig.

Cartoonist Quotes


List of notable ceramicists, potters and clay artists like Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro.

Ceramicist Quotes


Famous quotes by notable illustrators and graphic designers like M.C. Escher and Robert Crumb.

Illustrator Quotes


Find painters like Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso commenting on art and life.

Painter Quotes


List of artists like Spencer Tunick and Anne Geddes talking about Photos.

Photography Quotes


Listing of famous printmakers using techniques like etching, screenprinting and woodcuts.

Printmaker Quotes


Quotations and comments on sculpting by sculptors like Henry Moore and Donald Judd.

Sculptor Quotes

Video Artists

Find video artists and movie makers like Bill Viola and Andy Warhol.

Video Art Quotes


Famous female artists like Joan Mitchel and Marlene Dumas on life and being an artist.

Woman Artist Quotes


  • "Observing sea, sky and stars, I sought to indicate their plastic function through a multiplicity of crossing verticals and horizontals. Impressed by the vastness of Nature, I was trying to express its expansion, rest and unity."
    Piet Mondrian
  • "I opened my own gallery, in 1980, which I always thought was the most honest thing you could do. It's like a chef opening his restaurant."
    Ken Done
  • "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
  • "Stupidity can win for a moment, but it can never really succeed because the nature of humans is to seek freedom. Rulers can delay that freedom, but they cannot stop it."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "I was always doing my own things. I always wondered why there are books, with photographs of all the artists of that period, and I was only in one! I thought: where was I? But I never was there. I was somewhere else."
    Cy Twombly
  • "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."
    James Rosenquist
  • "Sincerity is the eventual deception of all great men."
  • "On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting."
    Jackson Pollock

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  • "I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone."
    Vincent van Gogh