David Hockney

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A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
A lot of people, given the chance, would blow up everything, and you and me.
All film directors, even the ones using 3-D today, want you to look at what they chose.
All painters are interested in photography to a certain extent.
Always live in the ugliest house on the street - then you don't have to look at it.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Anything simple always interests me.
Anyway I feel myself a bit on the edge on the art world, but I don't mind, I'm just pursuing my work in a very excited way. And there isn't really a mainstream anymore, is there? Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As for the world of fashion and celebrity, I have the usual interest in the human comedy, but the problems of depiction absorb me more.
As you get older, it gets a bit harder to keep the spontaneity in you, but I work at it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Being able to draw means being able to put things in believable space. People who don't draw very well can't do that.
Britain is a very small country with a very large press.
But 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. Time
But the moment you use an ordinary camera, you are not seeing the picture, remember, meaning, you had to remember what you've taken. Now you could see it of course, with a digital thing, but remember in 1982 you couldn't.
But, I would always be thinking of how pictures are constructed and colour, how to use it, I mean you're using it for constructing, makes you think about it, the place did as well.
California is always in my mind.
Cubism was an attack on the perspective that had been known and used for 500 years. It was the first big, big change. It confused people: they said, 'Things don't look like that!'
Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.
Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.
Easel painting means small painting.
East Yorkshire, to the uninitiated, just looks like a lot of little hills. But it does have these marvelous valleys that were caused by glaciers, not rivers. So it is unusual.
Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill.
I actually think the deafness makes you see clearer. If you can't hear, you somehow see.
I avoid the public because the English public is too aggressive these days for me.
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.
I did come from a pretty independent-minded family. Families, Children & Parenting
I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening.
I don't value prizes of any sort.
I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning. Morning
I generally only paint people I know, I'm not a flatterer really.
I go and see anything that's visually new, any technology that's about picture-making. The technology won't make the pictures different, but someone using it will. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I grew up in austerity in the 1940s and 1950s.
I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can't be done in one picture.
I haven't stopped painting or drawing - I've just added another medium.
I live wherever I happen to be.
I made a photograph of a garden in Kyoto, the Zen garden, which is a rectangle. But a photograph taken from any one point will not show, well it shows a rectangle, but not with ninety degree angles.
I mean if you draw you like drawing, it's er, an activity you do all the time actually. Time
I paint what I like, when I like and where I like.
I prefer living in color.
I see the iPad as a wonderful new drawing medium, but I am at a loss as to how to make it pay.
I stay up nights and fiddle with my opera designs. It's a bit obsessive. That's why I can't do it all the time. Time
I think cubism has not fully been developed. It is treated like a style, pigeonholed and that's it.
I think I am seeing more clearly now than ever.
I think my father would have liked to have been an artist, actually. But I think he didn't quite have perhaps the drive or, I don't know, I mean he had a family to bring up I suppose. Families, Children & Parenting
I think Picasso was, without doubt, the greatest portraitist of the 20th century, if not any other century.
I think the Enlightenment is leading us into a dark hole, really.
I value my friends.
I was 18 when I first visited London, I'm very provincial like that, but I must confess the moment I got to America I thought: This is the place. It was more open, with 24-hour cities and pubs and restaurants that didn't close.
I was always struck by how Picasso had no interest in music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I was aware that the teaching of drawing was being stopped almost 30 years ago. And I always said, 'The teaching of drawing is the teaching of looking.' A lot of people don't look very hard.
I went to art school actually when I was sixteen years old. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I worked in the NHS as a hospital orderly during my national service, and people thought it was a noble service. But over the years it's lost its humanity.
I'm a bit claustrophobic, I don't like crowds, I live by the sea - that's what I see when I come out of my house in Bridlington.
I'm a bit claustrophobic, I know that now.
I'm a bit of a propagandist.
I'm a natural sceptic.
I'm a very early riser, and I don't like to miss that beautiful early morning light. Morning
I'm always excited by the unlikely, never by ordinary things.
I'm fed up with being bossed around.
I'm interested in all kinds of pictures, however they are made, with cameras, with paint brushes, with computers, with anything. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I'm not antisocial. I like people.
I'm not going to stop painting just to take orders.
I'm not really looking for theater work. But if somebody approaches me with enthusiasm, I might respond. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm very attracted to the great open spaces of the West.
In fact, most artists want to make things a bit more difficult for themselves as they go along, to challenge themselves.
In my old age, I'll be in L.A.
It is very good advice to believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's no good saying I wished I could go out more, because I can't. But I don't bother about it too much.
It's time to debate images, especially when someone's going to prison for downloading them. Time
It's very British to go about to see something unusual and paint it.
I've always felt very English.
I've always wanted to be able to paint the dawn.
I've realized that I can do performances.
Laugh a lot. It clears the lungs.
Like people, trees are all individuals.
Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.
Most artists work all the time, they do actually, especially good artists, they work all the time, what else is there to do? I mean you do. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My only worry is the painting I'm doing. Nothing else.
Of course you can still paint landscape - it's not been worn out.
On the iPhone I tended to draw with my thumb. Whereas the moment I got to the iPad, I found myself using every finger.
People criticized me for my photography. They said it's not art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
People tell me they open my e-mails first, because they aren't demands and you don't need to reply. They're simply for pleasure.
Photographs aren't accounts of scrutiny. The shutter is open for a fraction of a second.
Picasso is still influencing me. Of course, I haven't got that kind of energy, or skill.
Shadows sometimes people don't see shadows. The Chinese of course never paint them in pictures, oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Smoking calms me down. It's enjoyable. I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life. Life
Spring is very energising to me.
Television is becoming a collage - there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.
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.
The moment I got a very big studio, everything took off.
The moment rules over everything.
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The photograph isn't good enough. It's not real enough.
There are enough no smoking places now.
To me, the world's rather beautiful if you look at it. Especially nature. Nature
Tobacco is America's greatest gift to the world!
Tragedy is a literary concept.
Ultimately, I'm about liberty and I think you have to defend it.
We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way.
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft. Literature, Writers & Writing
Well, in Bradford I could say I was brought up in Bradford and Hollywood.
West Yorkshire is quite dramatic and beautiful, the crags and things.
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 unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
What I didn't know was I was deeply attracted to the big space. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing.
When you stop doing something, it doesn't mean you are rejecting the previous work. That's the mistake; it's not rejecting it, it's saying, 'I have exploited it enough now and I wish to take a look at another corner.' Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Who would have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing?
Who's going to ask a painter to see a diploma? They'd say, 'Can I see your paintings?', wouldn't they?
Yes, I did, I mean I painted er, in a kind of abstract expressionist way, because of course that was exciting.
You can't name the inventor of the camera. The 19th-century invention was chemical: the fixative.
You had to be aware that I saw that photography was a mere episode in the history of the optical projection and when the chemicals ended, meaning the picture was fixed by chemicals, we were in a new era. History
You must plan to be spontaneous.