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You know, the way art history is taught, often there’s nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting…
You don’t have to have a great art idea – just get to work and something will happen. So that’s pretty much my modus operandi…
Neurologically, I’m a quadriplegic, so virtually everything about my work has been driven by my learning disabilities, which are quite severe, and my lack of…
In the 7th grade, I made a 20-foot long mural of the Lewis and Clark Trail while we were studying that in history because I…
If the bottom dropped out of the market and the artist was not going to sell anything, he or she will keep working, and the…
I’m not by nature a terribly intuitive person; I need to build a situation in which I will behave more intuitively, and that has really…
I don’t care about the Guggenheim. The Guggenheim isn’t involved in anything that I am interested in. I don’t care about motorcycles and Armani suits.
I don’t want the viewer to be able to peel away the layers of my painting like the layers of an onion and find that…
I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger…
I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum number of dots to make a specific recognizable person. You can make something that looks like a…
Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don’t get a photograph that I want to work from.
The reason I don’t like realist, photorealist, neorealist, or whatever, is that I am as interested in the artificial as I am in the real.
Painting is a lie. It’s the most magic of all media, the most transcendent. It makes space where there is no space.
Of all the artists who emerged in the ’80s, I think perhaps Cindy Sherman is the most important.
The first thing I do is take Polaroids of the sitter – 10 or 12 color Polaroids and eight or 10 black-and whites.
No one was more surprised than me when my paintings started selling, except maybe my dealer.
I’m poor white trash from the state of Washington.
I think women realise that I love women, and very often women seem to love me.
I only have so much time and energy and money, and I’m going to put it into my work.
Any artist who goes to Las Vegas is an idiot as far as I am concerned. Whoever goes to Las Vegas can stay in Las…
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