Quotations by Jasper Johns

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Born: Thursday, May 15, 1930
Profession: Artist
Nationality: American


As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Work, Artists, Confusion, Freedom, May, Possibilities, Sense)

Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.
- Jasper Johns

Everyone is of course free to interpret the work in his own way. I think seeing a picture is one thing and interpreting it is another.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Work)

I am just trying to find a way to make pictures.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Trying)

I don't know how to organise thoughts. I don't know how to have thoughts.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Thoughts)

I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don't think that's a painter's business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Business, Ideas, Reason, World)

I never wish for critics.
- Jasper Johns

I often find that having an idea in my head prevents me from doing something else. Working is therefore a way of getting rid of an idea.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Idea)

I tend to like things that already exist.
- Jasper Johns

I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Experience, Painting)

In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn't know what that meant. I think I thought it meant that I would be in a situation different than the one that I was in.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Art, Thought, Artists)

Intention involves such a small fragment of our consciousness and of our mind and of our life.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Life, Consciousness, Intention, Mind)

Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space... but I don't understand that.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Power, Manipulation, Painting, Space)

One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Ideas, Space)

One works without thinking how to work.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Work, Thinking)

Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither.
- Jasper Johns

The thing is, if you believe in the unconscious - and I do - there's room for all kinds of possibilities that I don't know how you prove one way or another.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Possibilities, Unconscious)

To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Artist, Desire)

Whatever I do seems artificial and false, to me.
- Jasper Johns

When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Experience, Senses)







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