59 awesome artists quotes:
Every artist writes his own biography.
Anyone can be an artist in his or her field of endeavour if only they are passionate about their work.
The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living, sooner than work at anything but his art.
In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
~Simone de Beauvoir
Every artist was first an ametuer.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Artists must be sacrificed to their art.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
No Artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.
For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in it’s true potential – the imagination.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
The progress of an artists is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.
All men are creative but few are artists.
The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
Judging your early artistic efforts is artistic abuse.
The artist has a special task and duty; the task of reminding men of their humanity and the promise of their creativity.
Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.
All are artists, who are passionate about their work.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Bad artists always admire each others work.
The artist spends the first part of his life with the dead, the second with the living, and the third with himself.
Whatever an artist’s personal feeling are , as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical,. He acts from or upon other artists.
~Willem de Kooning
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
~Henry Ward Beecher
The great artist is a slave to his ideals.
~Christian Nevell Bovee
Art is long, but artists are usually short – in funds.
The reason so many artists are poor is because there are so many poor artists.
His salary is what a commercial artist draws best.
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement changes after the fact.
~William S Burroughs
The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long Vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give up.
The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure.
An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist’s way of scribbling. Kilroy was here on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.
The artist must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
The artist does not illustrate science but he frequently responds to the same interests that a scientist does.
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vise, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
An ametuer is an artist who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint.
Artists, by definition innocent, don’t steal. But they do borrow without giving back.
Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are.
The scholar seeks, the artist finds.
Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.
What is an artist, but the dregs of his work – the human shambles that follows it around.
Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is and what he says and when the source dries up the work withers and crumbles.
An artist grows older, he has to fight disillusionment and learn to establish the same relation to nature as an adult as he had when a child.
Nothing can come out of an artist that is not in the man.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
If you ask me what i came to do in this world, I , an artist, I will answer you: “I am here to live out loud.”
Art- speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day and that is all that matters. Away with eternal truth. The truth lives from day to day, and the marvelous Plato of yesterday is chiefly bosh today.
An artist has to take life as he finds it. Life by itself is formless wherever it is. Art must give it form.
~Hugh Murray Gibbon
An artist has been defined as a neurotic who continually cures himself with his art.
It is not necessary for an artist to be crazy, but it helps.
The artist has never been a dictator, since he understands better than anybody else the variations in human personality.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
An artist’s career always begins tomorrow.
~James McNeill Whistler
No great artist sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
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