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Paintings Quotes


"My paintings are rubbish." - David Bailey

"My Paintings are Battles." - Georg Baselitz

"My paintings are the last paintings one can make." - Ad Reinhardt

"The spot paintings and spin paintings were trying to find mechanical ways to make paintings." - Damien Hirst

"My cubist paintings are my most Mexican." - Diego Rivera

"My paintings are wiser than I am." - Gerhard Richter

"Through them (his paintings) I breathe again." - Clyfford Still

"I like the transience of Klimt paintings." - Steve Coogan

"Ironically, my paintings don't photograph well." - Damian Loeb

"I love films-they are like paintings." - Azzedine Alaia

"I got half-a-dozen paintings from that shattered plate." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"Paintings and fightings are best seen at a distance." - Benjamin Franklin

"My greatest lesson in composition was looking at paintings." - Larry Clark

"Piano performances by Condoleezza Rice are better than Hitler's paintings." - Evgeni Kostitsyn

"What are mere paintings - politics - anything? Nature is lasting - supreme." - Alfred Munnings

"The white paintings came first; my silent piece came later." - John Cage

"Like a guide dog, paintings help you see." - Martin Mull

"Paintings. Or the collapse of time in images." - Paul Auster

"My paintings are not meant to be tasted." - Max Ernst

"I like to paint paintings that I haven't seen." - Mati Klarwein

"If the paintings are too large, cut them in half!" - Frank Lloyd Wright

"My paintings are only the ashes of my art" - Yves Klein

"Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!" - Tracey Emin

"Paintings can make you cry and it's just **colored dirt**." - Chuck Close

"Paintings! They're like TV, but they don't move." - A J Jacobs

"My paintings are so legible, I feel guilty." - Doris McCarthy

"Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs." - Ansel Adams

"I prefer to leave the paintings to speak for themselves." - Barnett Newman

"I give away thousands of paintings for free." - Banksy

"Sometimes people only see horrible, terrible things in my paintings." - H R Giger

"In every respect, fantasy is like doing abstract paintings." - Lance Henriksen

"All the fingerprint paintings are done without a grid." - Chuck Close

"My paintings are certainly nonobjective. They're just horizontal lines." - Agnes Martin

"When you're buying paintings, it feels grown up." - Kate Micucci

"Paintings are painted with paint, not with ideas." - Stephane Mallarme

"You don't talk about paintings, you look at them." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"It's absurd to talk about paintings that you haven't finished." - Cy Twombly

"I don't paint over my paintings with black paint. I paint black paintings. It isn't because I'm sad, just as I didn't paint red paintings yesterday because I was happy. Nor will I paint yellow paintings tomorrow because I'm jealous." - Georg Baselitz

"I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings." - Balthus

"I want to create a thousand paintings, maybe two thousand paintings, as many as I can draw." - Yayoi Kusama

"I enjoy thinking about how paintings can change depending on where they are - how they look in a gallery or in relation to other paintings, or in different rooms. Paintings can change the way we experience and see the world." - Stephen Beal

"Unlike the background in many of the paintings that I was inspired by or paintings that I borrowed poses from - the great European paintings of the past - the background in my work does not play a passive role." - Kehinde Wiley

"I want to make beautiful paintings. But I don't make beautiful paintings by putting beautiful paint on a canvas with a beautiful motif. It just doesn't work. I expect my paintings to be strong and surprising." - Albert Oehlen

"Paintings are memories. Memories of the painter who painted them. Memories that can be shared as well. Paintings are things to remember things by." - James Rosenquist

"Van Gogh was asked how he created such beautiful paintings. He said I dream my paintings and then I paint my dreams." - Bob Proctor

"I wanted to show painting paintings first, then the plate paintings; now I can show that I've sort of freed myself from stylistic inhibitions." - Julian Schnabel

"The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn't see many paintings with black people in them." - Jeanmichel Basquiat

"I like the idea that paintings are not representations of an artist's psyche. Making the paintings is what gives the artist her psyche in the first place." - Shea Hembrey

"The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn't see many paintings with black people in them." - Jean-Michel Basquiat

"The spot paintings, the spin paintings, they're all a mechanical way to avoid the actual guy in a room, myself, with a blank canvas." - Damien Hirst

"They were wrestling with canvases, using violent colors and huge brush strokes. I arrived with gray, silent, sober, oppressed paintings. One critic said they were paintings that thought." - Antoni Tapies

"I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don't think that's a painter's business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason." - Jasper Johns

"During my youth, I was fascinated by the colors of Van Goth's paintings" - Joseph Pisani

"All paintings are abstract ideas, not representations of a true reality." - Mike Svob

"I have 12 paintings of Kaufman art. He is an amazing artist." - John Travolta

"It was important that people come to value light as we value gold, silver, paintings, objects." - James Turrell

"Someday my paintings will be hanging in the Louvre. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"Only talent interests me in paintings and books. Not general ideas, but the individual contribution." - Vladimir Nabokov

"Every painting is always two paintings: The one you see, and the one you remember." - Siri Hustvedt

"The Doors are perfect paintings; a relief from the picture world I've created for myself." - Gary Hume

"It fascinates me to create beautiful paintings with the simplest means." - James Rosenquist

"Unfinished paintings are more admired than the finished because the artist's actual thoughts are left visible." - Pliny the Younger

"I see paintings everywhere. I look at stuff and it looks like painting to me." - Julian Schnabel

"Once there were 'outside' and 'inside' paintings-now there is no difference." - Fred Williams


"There are three things I have always loved and never understood, - paintings, music, and woman." - Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

"I'm sure we don't read old paintings the way they were intended" - Robert Rauschenberg

"I didn't paint my paintings to hang in some rich guy's living room," - Ralph Fasanella

"The paintings are like prayers, relating to wishing for something beyond everyday life." - Susan Rothenberg

"Sketches always have more vitality than paintings because you're finding things out through doing them." - Paula Rego

"The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn." - D H Lawrence

"Paintings helped to change my life. I'd still be living a life of disaster without it." - Eddie Cahill

"If the abstract paintings show my reality, then the landscapes and still-lifes show my yearning." - Gerhard Richter

"I look at nature, I see myself. Paintings are mirrors, so is nature." - Arthur Dove

"I love great music and art, but I think 'cubist' songs and paintings are hideous." - Thomas A Edison

"My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy," - H R Giger

"There could be a hundred paintings in every one painting, depending on when you stop." - Peter Doig

"I think somebody should be able to do all my paintings for me." - Andy Warhol

"I did' paint my paintings to hang in some rich guy's living room," - Ralph Fasanella

"The Doors are perfect paintings; a relief from the picture world I"ve created for myself." - Gary Hume

"There is more fine abstract design in Navajo rugs than in all these modern paintings." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn." - David Herbert Lawrence

"I did do, well before Pop Art, all the cartoon characters as paintings." - Paul Laffoley

"People are still making paintings. People are still enjoying paintings, looking at paintings. Paintings still have something to tell us. There's a way of being in the world that painting brings to us, that painters bring to the task that we absorb and are able to be in dialogue with. That's something that's part of us." - David Salle

"The paintings are kind of set in the past, present, and future all at once." - Nigel Cooke

"Even with painting, even abstract paintings, you need the incoming of, light on the canvas." - Jean-Luc Godard

"Apart from the traditional paintings I also dabble with a little photography." - St. Lucia

"Painting is a solitary act for me; I don't need anyone around to make paintings." - Danny Fox

"I have a completely romantic idea about making paintings, I guess." - Julian Schnabel

"I want the paintings to take me or the viewer out somewhere else." - Julian Schnabel

"I don't think the meaning in my paintings comes from just using broken dishes." - Julian Schnabel

"I was always very...impatient about showing my paintings to people." - Julian Schnabel

"I think not knowing what to think of your paintings is a good place to be." - Julian Schnabel

"..not paintings in the usual sense. They are life and death merging in fearful union" - Clyfford Still

"Sometimes it is best to burn paintings that just don't burn." - David Luiz

"You're trying to make your painting too complicated. Paintings get complicated all by themselves." - Toni Onley

"The more successful paintings just fall off the brush. The less successful ones take longer." - Toni Onley

"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." - Vincent Van Gogh

"I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many." - Robert Indiana

"Many, many of my paintings have come from the first chapter of Moby Dick." - Robert Indiana

"I kept.. ..returning to the (ancient Roman) wall paintings with their veiled melancholy and elegant plasticity." - William Baziotes

"I want my paintings to have a light of their own, they must glow from inside..." - Douglas Portway

"I'm able to sign my name to the paintings. That is really a blessing." - Margaret Keane

"People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings." - Salvador Dali

"I'm sure we don't read old paintings the way they were intended." - Robert Rauschenberg

"People are predominant in my paintings. Although they are not obvious, you can feel their presence." - Ralph Allen

"Never buy four C-plus paintings when you can buy one A." - Walter Annenberg

"It's great, I guess, when your paintings are hanging up in a museum." - Banksy

"I really admire paintings that look like an actual snapshot - I think that's just extraordinary." - Samuel Barnett

"With Millais's paintings, it's microscopic; when he does hair, it's extraordinary: you can see every strand." - Samuel Barnett

"Paintings are like a beer, only beer tastes good and it's hard to stop drinking beer." - Billy Carter

"Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects." - Nigel Dennis

"I love beautiful things. I'm not into art so much, like paintings." - Celine Dion

"I love art, in particular, paintings. I have, well, a lot." - Domenico Dolce

"The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me." - John Dyer

"Painters of paintings, writers of books, never could tell the half." - Lorenz Hart

"Poor Georgia O'Keeffe. Death didn't soften the opinions of the art world toward her paintings." - Jerry Saltz

"Mom's paintings are a very small part of the legacy she left behind." - Benigno Aquino Iii

"I get strength from my art - all the paintings I own are powerful." - Madonna Ciccone

"No one was more surprised than me when my paintings started selling, except maybe my dealer." - Chuck Close

"Drawings, paintings, and sculptures. That's the three pillars of art academia." - Barry Mcgee

"The paintings have only ever been ways of exploring architecture. I don't see them as art." - Zaha Hadid

"It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few..." - Leroy Neiman

"I don't express myself in my paintings. I express my not-self." - Mark Rothko

"Abstract paintings must be as real as those created by the 16th century Italians." - Frank Stella

"Paintings, like tombstones, will last a good five hundred years, well into twenty or thirty generations." - Robert Genn

"My paintings do not have a center, but depend on the same amount of interest throughout." - Jackson Pollock

"Through her paintings, she breaks all the taboos of the woman's body and of female sexuality." - Diego Rivera

"Wherever you look there are inspirations, books, literature, paintings, landscapes, everything. Just living is an inspiration." - Gavin Rossdale

"There's been too much attention on marketing. Can't we just talk about the paintings?" - Julian Schnabel

"Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science." - Georges Seurat

"The real change that paintings undergo is in the perceptions of the viewer." - Arthur Smith

"The only thing I can say is consistent in all my paintings is vivid color." - Paul Stanley

"I'm working on a very long series of paintings based on desert folklore." - Terri Windling

"My paintings and comedy have a lot in common. They are both improvisations based on observation." - Jonathan Winters

"Music enriches people's lives in the same way paintings and literature do. Everybody deserves that." - Victoria Wood

"It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting." - Albert Camus

"One of the best things about paintings is their silence - which prompts reflection and random reverie." - Mark Stevens

"I make paintings, try to get others to look at them and hopefully buy them." - Mike Thompson

"Dwight is a sad clown. You've seen those paintings of sad clown." - Rainn Wilson

"I work day and night without sleep. The paintings keep me fired up." - Jules Olitski

"Seeing Cubism paintings at the Beaubourg makes me very happy and also old films." - Yves Saint Laurent

"Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them." - Freddie Mercury

"A man who has not suffered has nothing to tell with his paintings." - Irving Stone

"In aristocratic societies, rich people used to commission exquisite paintings for their walls." - Brad Holland

"One of Cezanne's unfinished paintings... appears to be a completed work even though only a few strokes of paint have been put down. My methods are similar... I expect each of my paintings to appear whole in every stage." - Christopher Willard

"It's three disparate elements: the stop sign, the stage paintings, and the skeleton paintings. Those are three sharp ideas, although none of them are necessarily good ideas. Tons of artists have made whole careers out of those three ideas." - Josh Smith

"Up until 35 I had a slightly skewed world view. I honestly believed everybody in the world wanted to make abstract paintings, and people only became lawyers and doctors and brokers and things because they couldn't make abstract paintings" - Frank Stella

"I like all paintings. I always look at the paintings, good or bad, in barbershops, furniture stores, provincial hotels. I'm like a drinker who needs wine. As long as it is wine, it doesn't matter which wine." - Pablo Picasso

"Some people might think that the paintings are involved with a mythic - not just subject matter - but a certain sort of physical space that the paintings personages." - Julian Schnabel



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