Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
The secret of success is… to be fully awake to everything about you.
If people would just look at the paintings, I don't think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It's like looking at a bed of flowers, you don't tear your hair out over what it means.
When I say artist I mean the man who is building things - creating molding the earth - whether it be the plains of the west - or the iron ore of Penn. It's all a big game of construction - some with a brush - some with a shovel - some choose a pen.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.
There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you....
The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
Art is coming face to face with yourself.
It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.
You can't learn techniques and then try to become a painter. Techniques are a result.
I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
Energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space
A real friend is someone you say a sentence to and they know ten thousand words behind that sentence.
In response to the question, 'How do you know when you're finished?' Pollock replied, 'How do you know when you're finished making love?
Painting is no problem. The problem is what to do when you're not painting.
It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.
Love is friendship set to music.
The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.
The painting has a life of its own
On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.
Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.
It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.
Every good painter paints what he is.
The modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.
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