British Artist Quotes
I'm hoping to make a new thing for the world that remains in the mind like a new species of living thing.
When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has endeavored to do its duty to them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. The photograph thus taken has almost the embodiment of a prayer.
Julia Margaret Cameron
Jackson Pollock's paintings might be very pretty but they're just decoration. I always think they look like old lace.
Francis Bacon (artist)
Photography, because it stops the flow of life, is always flirting with death.
Most artists go potty as they get older: dafter and madder as they get more celibate. So I am consciously going to do that.
I'll thank thee when approaching death
Would quench life's feeble ember,
For thou wouldst even renew my breath
With thy sweet word 'Remember'!
You know Paula, who I couldn't look at the beginning of the series... I love her to death now. I hate to admit it but I do.
Somewhere on a hill facing the sea, there is a very beautiful ancient stone, and it's not going anywhere. It will be there, waiting for me.
I work from the people that interest me, and that I care about, in rooms that I live in and know. I use the people to invent my pictures, and I can work more freely when they are there.
Art itself has become an extraordinary thing - the activity of peculiar people - people who become more and more peculiar as their activity becomes more and more extraordinary.
It takes between three and six hours to make each snowball, depending on snow quality. Wet snow is quick to work with but also quick to thaw, which can lead to a tense journey to the cold store.
How then can the curious drawer watch, and as it were catch these lovely graces, witty smilings, and those stolen glances which suddenly like lightning pass, and another countenance taketh place, except to behold and very well note and conceit to like.
I sometimes feel that I have nothing to say and I want to communicate this.
No theoretician, no writer on art, however interesting he or she might be, could be as interesting as Picasso. A good writer on art may give you an insight to Picasso, but, after all, Picasso was there first.
It takes a long time for the gleam in the eye to turn into something solid.
Much fruitless speculation has been spent over supposed hidden meanings in Lewis Carroll's Hunting of the Snark. The inclination to search for these was strictly natural, though the search was destined to fail.
We are here to stir things up. Even people that hate us have to admit that we've already succeeded in doing that. Love Frankie or hate it - that's what we want - a strong reaction.
I couldn't do them if I didn't know horses lived behind them.
It seems reasonable to expect that beauty will emerge from a fusion of the individual character and culture of the potter, with the nature of his materials.
I am in a very unsettled condition, as the oyster said when they poured melted butter all over his back.
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