Quotations on Artist

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For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.
- Ama Ata Aidoo
(Keywords: African, Artist, Corruption, Fight, Literature)

In Italy the artist is a god. Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: God, Artist, Italy, Now)

You know, the record business is much different than being artist on stage.
- Herb Alpert
(Keywords: Business, Artist, Being)

I don't think radio is selling records like they used to. They'd hawk the song and hawk the artist and you'd get so excited, you'd stop your car and go into the nearest record store.
- Herb Alpert
(Keywords: Car, Selling, Artist, Song)

It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment because you have an environment around you all the time. Any living organism has an environment.
- Carl Andre
(Keywords: Time, Artist, Environment, Living)

The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Work, Lie, Artist, Excellence, Will)

I think the most important thing for an artist is to not worry about what anybody else thinks. You just have to do what comes from your heart and your being and put it out there-that's true in any of the arts.
- Rosanna Arquette
(Keywords: Heart, Artist, Being, Worry)

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Art, Work, Idea, Act, Artist, Sense, Will)

The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.
- Berthold Auerbach
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Completion)

I was being an artist, being sensitive and technical as artists are. I'm sure Leonardo Da Vinci did that. Artists don't always feel the same as others feel about their work.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Artists, Being)

I have a master plan as an artist. I've always said I'm not going to be punching nobody's clock. I will work as an artist to survive in this world.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Will, World)

As an artist, I want to interpret my feelings - not run across the street and ask what my mother thinks.
- Ralph Bakshi
(Keywords: Mother, Feelings, Artist, Want)

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.
- James Baldwin
(Keywords: Men, Artist, Being, State)

If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today, then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it. If they think that there's a lot of racism going on then there's another Hip Hop artist who's gonna come out and speak their mind.
- Afrika Bambaataa
(Keywords: Politics, Artist, Mind, Racism, Today, World, Wrong)

I began as a boy with artistic talent... as a visual artist... I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Talent, Thought, Artist, Literature, Reading)

The first time I sang with David Daniels... I had never performed with a countertenor before. That first time was magic, it was so beautiful. And he's such a great artist.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Time, Artist, First, Magic)

The artist is not responsible to any one. His social role is asocial... his only responsibility consists in an attitude to the work he does.
- Georg Baselitz
(Keywords: Work, Attitude, Artist, Responsibility)

Works of art produced in the contemporary world are a further expression of that. But I don't think there is an active, ongoing nihilist self-consciousness in the artist.
- Leonard Baskin
(Keywords: Art, Artist, Expression, Self, World)

In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Men, Artist, First, Man, Order, World)

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Beauty, Artist, Being, Study, Terror)

An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Time, Beauty, Artist, Sense)

But I found that being an artist and doing accurate work is very difficult.
- Alan Bean
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Being)

I'm the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don't have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere.
- Beck
(Keywords: Genius, Artist, Hair)

I wear a lot of different hats - from writer to producer and artist. We all do 5 or 6 jobs, everything from creating our own graphic design to actually recording and the whole bit.
- William Bell
(Keywords: Design, Artist, Jobs, Writer)

The man of science, the artist, the philosopher are attached to their nations as much as the day-laborer and the merchant.
- Julien Benda
(Keywords: Science, Artist, Day, Man, Nations)

It is a good motive, fame and money, as it is tangible and measurable. Being an artist is neither measurable nor tangible and certainly not a way to become rich.
- Dirk Benedict
(Keywords: Money, Artist, Being, Fame, Motive)

To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.
- Arnold Bennett
(Keywords: Experience, Soul, Artist, Artists, Fact, Living, Moments)

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.
- Leonard Bernstein
(Keywords: Life, Artist, Feeling, Key, Mystery, Right, Will, World)

The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.
- John Berryman
(Keywords: Business, Artist, Will)

I think older people can appreciate my music because I really show my heart when I sing, and it's not corny. I think I can grow as an artist, and my fans will grow with me.
- Justin Bieber
(Keywords: Music, People, Heart, Artist, Fans, Will)

As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Government, Artist, Interest)

Despite a large body of work in films, TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist. I do not resent the label, except for the fact that I disapprove of labels in general.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Body, Fact, Theatre)

I always figured it was best if I write my songs, take them to my publisher and just lay back. There used to be so many things going on - getting to the artist, getting to the publishers - you know, politics. I just didn't want to get mixed up in all of that.
- Otis Blackwell
(Keywords: Politics, Artist, Songs, Want)

The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel'd to heaven is no artist.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Travel, Thoughts, Artist, Heaven, Man, Mind)

I've spent my life pursing excellence as an artist, which is what I always wanted to do anyhow.
- Claire Bloom
(Keywords: Life, Artist, Excellence)

Someone told me there was a publisher that could find a good home for my songs, but I didn't want to give up my pursuit of a career in the business as an artist.
- Michael Bolton
(Keywords: Business, Home, Artist, Career, Pursuit, Songs, Want)

We're all so mauled by information, but it's recycled information. We need to shut it out. So, you've got to get bizarre. This is an artist's purpose - to break away from the recycled. Performance art can do that.
- Jack Bowman
(Keywords: Art, Performance, Purpose, Artist, Bizarre, Information)

The most colorful section of a bookstore is the display of SF books, with art by people like Wayne Barlow, who is a terrific artist.
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Keywords: Art, People, Artist, Books)

I'm not gonna say that I hate it, because I really respect Usher and I was influenced by him. But so many people compare me to him, and I don't think it'll ever stop. I just want to be my own artist.
- Chris Brown
(Keywords: People, Artist, Hate, Respect, Want)

With the song 'This Christmas' I wanted to do something that was kind of different. I mean, Donny Hathaway is an amazing artist. So I wanted to bring my flavor to the song so when people over the age of 45 or 50 hear it they'll be like 'OK, he did his thing with that record.' It's like I can appeal to everybody and not just a younger demographic.
- Chris Brown
(Keywords: Age, People, Artist, Christmas, Song)

To say that an artist sells out means that an artist is making a conscious choice to compromise his music, to to weaken his music for the sake of commercial gain.
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: Music, Artist, Choice, Compromise, Gain)

I subscribe to the myth that an artist's creativity comes from torment. Once that's fixed, what do you draw on?
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Creativity, Artist, Myth)

To some extent I happily don't know what I'm doing. I feel that it's an artist's responsibility to trust that.
- David Byrne
(Keywords: Trust, Artist, Responsibility)

Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters.
- Harry Callahan
(Keywords: Experience, Artist, Journey, Will)

My mother was a housewife but she was also an artist. My father was an electrical engineer.
- James Cameron
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Artist, Housewife)

The artist himself may not think he is religious, but if he is sincere his sincerity in itself is religion.
- Emily Carr
(Keywords: Religion, Artist, May, Religious, Sincerity)

To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
- Willa Cather
(Keywords: Talent, Character, Artist, Lies, Limitations, Writer)

An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.
- Nick Cave
(Keywords: Inspiration, Artist, Duty, Information, Open, State)

The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.
- Paul Cezanne
(Keywords: Art, Artist, Personality)

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
- Marc Chagall
(Keywords: Life, Love, Art, Artist, Meaning)



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