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David Hockney Quotes

We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way.
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Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.

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I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening.

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

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What I didn't know was I was deeply attracted to the big space.

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And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait, and you just think, well, this is another level. A higher level, actually. I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh.

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Laugh a lot. It clears the lungs.

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I'm a bit claustrophobic, I know that now.

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My only worry is the painting I'm doing. Nothing else.

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I can often tell when drawings are done from photographs, because you can tell what they miss out, what the camera misses out: usually weight and volume - there's a flatness to them.

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A lot of people, given the chance, would blow up everything, and you and me.

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Of course you can still paint landscape - it's not been worn out.

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Modernism in a way, early modernism, for instance, in pictures, was turning against perspective and Europe . And all early modernism is actually from out of Europe, when you think of cubism is African, is looking at Africa, Matisse is looking at the arabesque, Oceania. Europe was the optical projection that had become photography, that had become film, that became television and it conquered the world.

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I'm convinced that technology and art go together - and always have, for centuries.

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Technology brought in the mass media and technology is now taking it away.

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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.

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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.

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We don't all see the same way at all. Even if I'm sitting looking at you, there is always the memory of you as well. And a memory is now. So someone who's never met you before is seeing a different person. That's bound to be the case. We all see something different. I assume most people don't look very hard at anything.

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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.

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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.

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