Art is like a lover whom you run away from but who comes back and picks you up.
Most people don't do something seminal. I've done it twice: with my tent and my bed. Picasso did it with Cubism.
Being an artist and having to be responsible for the art that you make is really quite challenging, and as you get older it becomes more and more difficult.
Strolling on the plateau of life, desperate for the mountain, I never thought that I would get this far. It's only art that has carried me through, given me faith in my own existence. But now I am approaching a point in my life where I desire more...
What's really good about the word 'art' is that 'art' is a word like 'love,' or 'god,' or whatever. It transcends so many things...
When it comes to words I have a uniqueness that I find almost impossible in art – and it's my words that actually make my art quite unique.
My influences were from Europe from between 1900 and 1945. My favorite artists were Egon Schiele or Edvard Munch. I wasn't interested in contemporary art at all.
There is no comparison between him and me; he developed a whole new way of making art and he's clearly in a league of his own. It would be like making comparisons with Warhol.
For me, being an artist with a high profile is a good thing for art.
There should be something revelatory about art.
It should be totally creative and open doors
for new thoughts and experiences.
I'm a terrible cook, but if I could cook, I would see that in art as well, it's how much creative energy you put into something.
I've been slagged off completely by the art world
I've worked really hard. I've made three pieces of seminal art in my life. If I died tomorrow, I'd be remembered for making them. There are a lot of artists who, no matter how hard they work in their lives, will never make anything seminal.
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