Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.††
You must thank the gods for art, those of us who have been fortunate enough to stumble onto this means of venting our craziness, our meanness, our towering disgust.††
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
(Ludwig van Beethoven)
The work of the artist is to lift up people's hearts and help them endure
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
I don't say everything, but I paint everything.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Art is the signature of civilizations.
A true artist doesn't change with the times. A true artist is already way ahead of the times.
What society requires from art... is that it function as an early warning system.
I don't much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.
There are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them.
Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to lovečto love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.
The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
Painting completed my life.
I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.
Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.††
(Vincent van Gogh)