"We all name ourselves. We call ourselves artists. Nobody asks us. Nobody says you are or you aren't."
Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967)
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel."
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
"Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'"
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)
"An artist is a creature driven by demons — he usually doesn't know why they chose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why."
William Faulkner (1897-1962
"What the rest of us see only under the influence of mescalin, the artist is congenitally equipped to see all the time."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. The need to produce a great work of art makes it hard to produce any art at all."
Julia Cameron (1815-1879)
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his nature into his pictures."
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Art is coming face to face with yourself.
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
"Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can only be explored by those willing to take the risks."
Mark Rothko (1903-1970)
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible."
Paul Klee (1879-1940)
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
"It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)