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David Hockney Quotes



Quotes by David Hockney - (70 quotes)

David Hockney - From the Abstraction category:

All painting, no matter what you are painting, is abstract in that it's got to be organized. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Advice category:

It is very good advice to believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Art category:

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Artists category:

What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing: you wouldn't be an artist if you didn't want to share an experience, a thought. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Artists category:

We need all kinds of artists. We have no need to destroy drawing. We lose so much. This wouldn't happen in music. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Beauty category:

Loads of people, particularly artists, hate pretty pictures. Now I've never met anyone who didn't like a pretty face. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Belief category:

A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Change category:

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Colour category:

Water in swimming pools changes its look more than in any other form... its colour can be man-made and its dancing rhythms reflect not only the sky but, because of its transparency, the depth of the water as well. If the water surface is almost still and there is a strong sun, then dancing lines with the colours of the spectrum appear everywhere. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Contemporary Art category:

All art is contemporary, if it's alive, and if it's not alive, what's the point of it? (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Cubism category:

Until cubism, all art, all pictures, could be 'read' by anybody. If this hadn't been so, the Christian message wouldn't have been seen by peasants and its importance would have been diminished. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Dealers category:

In one gallery they actually had a notice which said, 'No Sketching.' How obnoxious! I said, 'How do you think these things got on the walls if there was no sketching?' (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Drawing category:

Until I saw my drawings replayed on the iPad, I'd never seen myself draw. Someone watching me would be concentrating on the exact moment, but I'd always be thinking a little bit ahead. That's especially so in a drawing where you are limiting yourself, a line drawing for example. When you are doing them you are very tense, because you have to reduce everything to such simple terms. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Education category:

The only people who need degrees are dentists and brain surgeons. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Education category:

No one has ever asked to see my degree certificate. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Fame category:

We grow small trying to be great. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Freedom category:

When you're very young, you suddenly find this marvellous freedom. It's quite exciting, and you're prepared to do anything. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Friendship category:

I draw flowers every day on my iPhone and send them to my friends, so they get fresh flowers every morning. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Future category:

Future art that is based on appearances won't look like the art that's gone before. Even revivals of a period are not the same. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Habit category:

There would be no bohemia without smoking. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Habit category:

Paint something every day. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Humanity category:

I am constantly preoccupied with how to remove distance so that we can all come closer together, so that we can all begin to sense we are the same, we are one. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Illusion category:

No matter what the illusion created, it is a flat canvas and it has to be organized into shapes... (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Imagination category:

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Individuality category:

I'm coming 'round to the view that there's only a personal view of the world. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Interest category:

Any artist will tell you he's really only interested in the stuff he's doing now. He will, always. It's true, and it should be like that. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Light category:

Dawn is about luminosity and so is the iPhone... The little drawings of the dawn are done while I'm still in bed... If you're in my kind of business you'd be a fool to sleep through that... Artists can't work office hours, can they? (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Lines category:

Before he did all those lovely line drawings, Matisse would make really detailed charcoal drawings and tear them up. He wouldn't leave them about... I understand what he was doing: discovering what's there... to make the line meaningful, to find a linear solution... (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Love category:

I love California; everything is so artificial. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Magic category:

In the end nobody knows how it's done - how art is made. It can't be explained. Optical devices are just tools. Understanding a tool doesn't explain the magic of creation. Nothing can. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Masters category:

No theoretician, no writer on art, however interesting he or she might be, could be as interesting as Picasso. A good writer on art may give you an insight to Picasso, but, after all, Picasso was there first. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Memory category:

Once my hand has drawn something my eye has observed, I know it by heart, and I can draw it again without a model. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Mirrors category:

I usually only draw myself in down periods... I suppose that's why I often draw myself looking grim. I just think, 'Let's have a look in the mirror.' When you are alone and you look in a mirror you never put on a pleasing smile. Well, you don't, do you? (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Nature category:

If you go too far with naturalism, there is no need to even organize; just look... and paint what you see until the canvas ends. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Observation category:

It is difficult to say why I decided I wanted to be an artist. Obviously, I had some facility, more than other people, but sometimes facility comes because one is more interested in looking at things, examining them, more interested in the visual world than other people are. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Originality category:

In art, new ways of seeing mean new ways of feeling; you can't divorce the two, as, we are now aware, you cannot have time without space and space without time. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Painting category:

The pictures on the walls aren't like movies. They don't move, they don't talk, and they'll last longer. They will last longer. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Perspective category:

Perspective is a law of optics... The Chinese did not have a system like it. Indeed, it is said they rejected the idea of the vanishing point in the eleventh century, because it meant the viewer was not there, indeed, had no movement, therefore was not alive. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Perspective category:

The vanishing point leads to the missiles of today, which can take us out of this world. It could be that the west's greatest mistakes were the 'invention' of the external vanishing point and the internal combustion engine. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Photography category:

Slowly I began to use cameras and then think about what it was that was going on. It took me a long time. I mean I actually played with cameras and photography for about 20 years. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Photography category:

With chemical film, it was possible to alter photographs, but you had to be an expert. That's not true any more. The LA Times fired a photographer at the beginning of the Iraq War for editing two shots together. Photography is crumbling. Certainly it is for the newspapers a bit now, isn't it? There will be painting again, absolutely! (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Photography category:

The video camera dominates art. It's a bore, it makes everything look a bit the same. If you look at things with a pencil and paper in your hand, you are going to see far more. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Play category:

People tend to forget that play is serious. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Pleasure category:

I have always believed that art should be a deep pleasure. I think there is a contradiction in an art of total despair, because the very fact that the art is made seems to contradict despair. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Portraiture category:

Faces are the most interesting things we see; other people fascinate me, and the most interesting aspect of other people – the point where we go inside them – is the face. It tells all. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Problems category:

I believe that the problem of how you depict something is a formal problem. It's an interesting one and it's a permanent one; there's no solution to it. There are a thousand and one ways you can go about it. There's no set rule. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Progress category:

When you stop doing something, it doesn't mean you are rejecting the previous work... it's saying I have exploited it enough now and I wish to take a look at another corner. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Questions category:

There's a hierarchy. Why do I pick out that thing, that thing, that thing? (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Seeing category:

The 'how' has a great effect on what we see. To say that 'what we see' is more important than 'how we see it' is to think that 'how' has been settled and fixed. When you realize this is not the case, you realize that 'how' often affects 'what' we see. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Seeing category:

The way we see things is constantly changing. At the moment the way we see things has been left a lot to the camera. That shouldn't necessarily be. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Seeing category:

How difficult it is to learn not to see like cameras, which has had such an effect on us. The camera sees everything at once. We don't. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Silence category:

I never talk when I'm drawing a person, especially if I'm making line drawings. I prefer there to be no noise at all so I can concentrate more. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Silence category:

Shut up and paint. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Simplicity category:

Anything simple always interests me. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Space category:

-on Pablo Picasso's later works...
These pictures may relate to an awareness that the journey to outer space is also the journey to innerspace. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Studio category:

People have asked me, 'Isn't it boring in Bridlington, a little isolated seaside town?' And I say, 'Not for us. We all think it's very exciting, because it is in my studio and it is in my house.' (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Subject category:

I can get excitement watching rain on a puddle. And then I paint it. Now, I admit, there are not too many people who would find that exciting. But I would. And I want life thrilling and rich. And it is. I make sure it is. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Teaching category:

Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Teaching category:

Teaching people to draw is teaching people to look. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Teaching category:

I have never really done any teaching and maybe I should have done. I am not power-mad enough. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Technology category:

The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Technology category:

-on getting his first iPad...
I thought the iPhone was great, but this takes it to a new level - simply because it's eight times the size of the iPhone, as big as a reasonably-sized sketchbook... Anyone who likes drawing and mark-making will like to explore new media. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Tradition category:

When conventions are old, there's quite a good reason. It's not arbitrary. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Travel category:

It sometimes takes a foreigner to come and see a place and paint it. I remember someone saying they had never really noticed the palm trees here until I painted them. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Truth category:

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Tyranny category:

The lens is a tyranny. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Watercolours category:

With watercolour, you can't cover up the marks. There's the story of the construction of the picture, and then the picture might tell another story as well. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Watercolours category:

Water colours are wet colours in water. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Wonder category:

If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive. (David Hockney)

David Hockney - From the Work category:

Most artists work all the time... especially good artists... I mean, what else is there to do? (David Hockney)



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Last modified: July 25, 2014