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When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.

Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

Oscar Wilde

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.

Oscar Wilde

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

Leo Tolstoy

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.

Sir Francis Bacon

It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.

Steve Jobs

An artist does not fake reality--he *stylizes* it.

Ayn Rand

The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.

Charles Bukowski

Competitions are for horse, not artist.

Bela Bartok

The only thing worse than a silly politician analyzing art is a silly artist analyzing politics.

Jonathan Alter

Being kind to your dog doesn't make you a better artist.

Margaret Atwood

When someone is doing scientific illustrations, that person is an artist.

Louise Lippincott

It is said that no star is a heroine to her makeup artist.

Richard Corliss

I've never come close to seeing an artist working at this level.

Marc Shmuger

Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have come here to rediscover myself as an artist.

Francis Ford Coppola

Every artist is bringing an hors d'oeuvre (to the reception).

Mary Noone

An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

Jean Cocteau

They don't like to do the artist development.

Fight Klub

The artist puts things on the table when many of us are too timid to do so.

Stephen Vollmer

The immature artist imitates. The mature artist steals.

Lionel Trilling

An artist is his own fault.

John O'hara

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.

James Gibbons Huneker

The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you.

James A. Michener

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.

James Whistler

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.

Piet Mondrian

The only thing an artist has to remember is to never lose faith in his vision.

James Lee Burke

An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.

Henri Matisse

This is why I wanted to be an artist. It may never happen again, but it's happened this one time.

Angus Maclachlan

That's a great pep up for an artist, to sell their work.

Judith Copeland

In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum.

Anthony Quinn

Every artist writes his own autobiography.

Havelock Ellis

I am on both ends of it; I'm a scientist and artist.

Lee Anne Willson

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.

Langston Hughes

We feature a new artist every month, watercolors to photographs.

Tasha Weinstein

The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel'd to heaven is no artist.

William Blake

I will show and discuss my process of becoming an artist.

Monica Naugle

The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.

Wassily Kandinsky

An artist cannot do anything slovenly.

Jane Austen

You can never tell when an artist really will take up someone's work and work with it happily.

Peter Porter

Never read bad stuff if you're an artist; it will impair your own game.

James Lee Burke

A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.

Grandma Moses

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

George Santayana

It is here [in mathematics] that the artist has the fullest scope of his imagination.

Henry Ellis

More like a prize fighter than an artist.

Walt Reed

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.

Willem de Kooning

Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.

Don Miguel Ruiz

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.

George Moore

I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing.

Alfred Stieglitz

Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.

George V. Higgins

I was exposed to the arts, but there was no one in my family who was an artist.

Marisa Tomei

The Life and Creativity of an American Artist, John Pike.

Jim Rose

It's like a canvas. You're the artist. You can do whatever you want.

Tiffany Weimer

The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.

Richard Wright

I guess I've always liked the idea of being an artist.

Larry Rivers

Even if I weren't an artist using lasers.

Hiro Yamagata

It's more work to sell a $1000 work by an emerging artist than a $20,000 work by an established one.

Bruce Armstrong

He's the one artist (that required) very little ... oversight and production.

Jerry Wexler

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.

Izaak Walton

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.

D. H. Lawrence

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.

Nat King Cole

It's up in the air, ... But in my mind, it's up in the air for every artist. Who knows, really, if they are going to record another record?

Rivers Cuomo

I needed to grow as an artist and a writer.

Warren Woodberry

He was an incredible artist.

Mindy Hall

I am a teacher first, and an artist second.

Linda Darty

People have a familiarity with the scenes and the artist.

Ryan Grover

Who your artist is makes a difference.

Patsy Brooks

Portrait of the artist.

Charlie Rose

Western art is built on the biographical passion of one artist for another.

Jim Dine

I made up a new original, ... I am an artist.

Frank Holmes

What about the next artist in Anaconda who wants to paint something downtown?

Susan Roberts

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

Andre Gide

Basquiat -- Story of Graffiti Artist Basquiat.

Jeffrey Wright

I would never recommend it. I have a six-year-old son who wants to be an actor (as well as a vet and an artist) but I would not encourage it.

Dwayne Hickman

Everybody's an artist. Everybody's God. It's just that they're inhibited.

Yoko Ono

If they're not temperamental, I don't want them. It's in the nature of a great artist to be that way.

Sol Hurok

He was the essential Fat Possum artist.

Matthew Johnson

A great artist has died, a man with the hallmarks of a genius.

Andrzej Wajda

I usually say "I'm Rick Baker, I'm a makeup artist.

Patrick Baker

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, I will answer you: "I am here to live out loud.

Emile Zola

She was a quiet artist.

Ellen Harvey

No one asked an artist who was great in his 20s and 30s why he was still painting in his 40s and 50s.

Edwin Moses