Monday, February 27, 2012

Quotes on Art by James Rosenquist

I was probably born with the ability to draw, but that does not make you an artist.

+ People say I use my billboard technique to make art. Baloney! I used my art technique to paint billboards.

+ It's all autobiographical, everything is, all of it.

+ If you are close to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that's all.

+ Whenever I got a new studio I made the largest possible painting, and since the ceiling was low, the painting became horizontal. As I changed studios and got larger spaces, I made bigger paintings.

+ It all has meaning to me. As I explain my paintings, I hope that they get away from me, that the idea takes off and has a life of its own.

+ I tell young people that the greatest paintings in museums are made with minerals mixed in oil schmeared on cloth with the hair from the back of a pig's ear. It's that simple.
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