Artist

I never want projects to be finished; I have always believed in unfinished work. I got that from Schubert, you know, the ‘Unfinished Symphony’. Yoko Ono

I always believed that my work should be unfinished in the sense that I encourage people to add their creativity to it, either conceptually or physically. Yoko Ono

When I’m playing, I’m never through. It’s unfinished. I like to find a place to leave for someone else to finish it. That’s where the high comes in. Miles Davis

I know I will leave my work unfinished. I just hope I planted enough seeds in my children and grandchildren that they will continue. David Robinson

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. Christina Rossetti

Finish the work, otherwise, unfinished work will finish you. Amit Kalantri

Another year is ending, but something is pending. Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Above all, an artist must never be too easily satisfied with what he has done. Henri Matisse

No great work of art is ever finished. Michelangelo

There are dozens of unfinished or aborted projects in my files, but I can only assume they don’t get done because they’re not robust enough to struggle through the birth process. Grant Morrison

I know the sag of the unfinished poem. And I know the release of the poem that is finished. Mary Oliver

You are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life’s challenges: you get to find out that you’re capable of being far more than you ever thought possible. Karen Salmonsohn

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression. Henri Matisse

I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black. Henri Matisse

It is with color that you render light, though you must also feel this light, have it within yourself. Henri Matisse

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keeffe

The point is to know how to use the colors, the choice of which is when all’s said and done, a matter of habit. Claude Monet

Critic asks: ‘And what, sir, is the subject matter of that painting?’ – ‘The subject matter, my dear good fellow, is the light. Claude Monet

What I need most of all is color, always, always. Claude Monet

Without atmosphere a painting is nothing. Rembrandt

Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment. Claude Monet

You need the dark in order to show the light. Bob Ross

Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash. Edvard Munch

Color is a power that directly influences the soul. Wassily Kandinsky

Color is a means to exert a direct influence on the soul. Wassily Kandinsky

Color is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano, with its many strings. Wassily Kandinsky

There is no blue without yellow and without orange. Vincent van Gogh (Did he mean that there’s no sadness without happiness?)

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. Vincent van Gogh

You need the dark in order to show the light. Bob Ross

Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash. Edvard Munch

Color is a power that directly influences the soul. Wassily Kandinsky

Color is a means to exert a direct influence on the soul. Wassily Kandinsky

Color is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano, with its many strings. Wassily Kandinsky

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. Stella Adler

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh. Georges Rouault

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. John Updike

The artist has one function–to affirm and glorify life. W. Edward Brown

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say “he feels deeply, he feels tender”. Vincent Van Gogh

The goal of art was the vital expression of self. Alfred Stieglitz

A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs. Leonardo da Vinci

One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience. Ursula K. Le Guin

Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination, and encourages people to go further. Keith Haring

Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for anyone else. Keith Haring

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Banksy

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change. William S. Burroughs

The purpose of art is a mystery. Rene Magritte

Art is an escape from reality. Henri Matisse

Man needs music, literature, and painting – all those oases of perfection that makeup art – to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life. Fernando Botero

Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented – which is what fear and anxiety do to a person – into something whole. Louise Bourgeois

Healing yourself is connected with healing others. Yoko Ono

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Kurt Vonnegut

The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind. Marina Abramovic

The activity of art is… as important as the activity of language itself, and as universal. Leo Tolstoy

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

My art is capable of liberating man from the tyranny of the ‘practical, rational world.’ Salvador Dalí

In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavor.

There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony. Albert Einstein

One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science escapes from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s own ever-shifting desires. Albert Einstein

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. Edvard Munch

An intellectual says a simple thing the hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. James Whistler

Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down. Julia Cameron

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde

The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist. Eric Gill

He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement. Leonardo da Vinci

Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs. Edgard Varese

Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. Rembrandt

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. Salvador Dalí

The world is only as free as it allows its artists to be. Rick Rubin

The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution! Albert Einstein

The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later. Joan Miro

The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning. Paul Gauguin

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things. Henri Matisse

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville

It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own. Paul Gauguin

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper

There is no must in art because art is free. Wassily Kandinsky

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. George Santayana

The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul. Wassily Kandinsky

Art helps us identify with one another and expands our notion of we – from the local to the global. Olafur Eliasson

Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story. Cy Twombly

The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea. Agnes Martin

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality. Pablo Picasso

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Erich Fromm
So much time is wasted on trying to be better than others. Elijah Wood

It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare. Claude Monet

It is better to have done something than to have been someone. Claude Monet

I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. Georgia O’Keeffe

The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas. Salvador Dalí
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julia Cameron

I would like to paint the way a bird sings. Claude Monet

One person’s craziness is another person’s reality. Tim Burton

Art is a step in the known toward the unknown. Kahlil Gibran

All great art contains at its center contemplation, a dynamic contemplation. Susan Sontag

People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. Salvador Dalí

An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them. Andy Warhol

Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it. August Strindberg

Perhaps it’s true that I’m very hard on myself, but that’s better than exhibiting mediocre work… too few were satisfactory enough to trouble the public with. Claude Monet