This is the artist, then, life’s hungry man, the glutton of eternity, beauty’s miser, glory’s slave.
So there was a way for you to get promoted and survive as an artist without worrying about AM radio hits.
Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.
Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about. He’s not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
It is very good advice to believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work.
To some extent I happily don’t know what I’m doing. I feel that it’s an artist’s responsibility to trust that.
Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.
He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.
The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique.
I think there are a lot of pictures to make. I sometimes question whether I’m even an artist or just a painter. To me, the making of the pictures is the most important thing.
I don’t know to what extent someone can BECOME an artist – you either are or you aren’t – and if you are you’ll HAVE to make your way to some kind of sickly light, no matter how terrible the soil you were seeded in your nature will out somehow.
The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
I have wanted to be a fine artist painter, and I reached the point in art schools were I’d like to understand more about images and how images communicate information to people. And I was not getting very far in that from my professors.
Zhang Yimou is an artist. Sometimes we did only two or three shots a day because we were waiting for the sun.
The partnership over the 28 years we had the company afforded him the opportunity to experiment and live his life as an artist and a label honcho and do what he wanted to do. It afforded me the same opportunity.
Can you blame them? We have to filter so much information these days. But it does make it difficult for an artist. I’m 46 years old now. I’ve had a lot of life experience and my voice has changed. People who expect the same old me are bound to be disappointed.
I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.
In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist’s obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession.
Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.
The Architect is just one of a series of works which examine the confrontation of innocence and experience, illustrating the complex ethics of power that exist between reader and writer, critic and artist, the human and the divine.
As a kid I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling. Maybe I thought I would avoid the judgement of the establishment.
Life and people are complex. A writer as an artist doesn’t have the personality of a politician. We don’t see the world that simply.
If he’s a true symphony artist, he knows better than that because he knows that the only truly creative musician is the jazz musician.
He was one of those inexplicable gifts of nature, an artist who leaps over boundaries, changes our nervous systems, creates a new language, transmits new kinds of joy to our startled senses and spirits.
One of the things that makes Wittgenstein a real artist to me is that he realized that no conclusion could be more horrible than solipsism.
The aim of the poet, or other artist, is first to make something; and it’s impossible to make something out of words and not communicate.
I’m an artist, and I go in the studio and make my music. And then I’ll give it to my dad and he does what he does. And he does, you know, the press, and figuring out shows and whatnot. When it comes to my artistic freedom, he doesn’t, like, step on my toes or anything.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti had a tremendous education as an artist and also an enormous knowledge of literarture.
With the Ford Foundation grant all of a sudden instead of being an artist that had made a couple of short films, I became a filmmaker who dabbled in the arts.