Best Art Quotes Handpicked by Fer

Dear friends, I have handpicked my favorite art quotes to share with you. I will keep creating images with the quotes so you can share them on social media. I hope you enjoy it!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”

Salvador Dalí

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.”

Andy Warhol
“I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Who doesn't love Bob Ross? 🥰

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

Bob Ross

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Vincent van Gogh

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”

Jerzy Kosinski

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”

Marc Chagall

“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”

Claude Monet

So, so so true! This quote by Hopper deserves a highlight!

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”

Edward Hopper
"Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement."
Joseph Campbell

I adore Joseph Campbell. I have learnt so much from his books and interviews. Did you know he helped George Lucas make Star Wars?

"Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement."

“Before I start carving the idea must be almost complete. I say ‘almost’ because the really important thing seems to be the sculptor’s ability to let his intuition guide him over the gap between conception and realization without compromising the integrity of the original idea.”

Barbara Hepworth

“Art is a line around your thoughts.”

Gustav Klimt

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”

Oscar Wilde

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”

Edgar Degas
"Before a child talks they sing. Before they write they draw. As soon as they stand they dance. Art is fundamental to human expression."

"Before a child talks they sing. Before they write they draw. As soon as they stand they dance. Art is fundamental to human expression."

Phylicia Rashad

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.”

 Helen Frankenthaler

“To be an artist is to believe in life.”

Henry Moore

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”

René Magritte

“The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.”

George Inness

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”

Frida Kahlo

“If the artist has outer and inner eyes for nature, nature rewards him by giving him inspiration.”

Wassily Kandinsky

“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.”

Louise Bourgeois

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

Ansel Adams

“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.”

Joan Miró

“I shut my eyes in order to see.”

Paul Gauguin

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”

Auguste Rodin

“The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it.”

Paul Klee

“To my mind one does not put oneself in place of the past, one only adds a new link.”

Paul Cézanne

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

“Creativity takes courage.”

Henri Matisse

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” 

Pablo Picasso

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” 

Michelangelo

“The idea of divine inspiration and an aha moment is largely a fantasy. Anything of value comes from hard work and unwavering dedication. If you want to be a good artist you need to look at other artists, make a lot of crappy art, and just keep working.” 

Sydney Pink

I believe EVERY piece of art is self portrait. One cannot make art without putting oneself in it. Sometimes the audience doesn't notice how personal art is, and I understand Lichtenstein well on the following quote.

"I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.” 

Roy Lichtenstein

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 

Sylvia Plath

“There is no ‘right’ way to make art. The only wrong is in not trying, not doing. Don’t put barriers up that aren’t there — just get to work and make something.” 

Lisa Golightly

“I think some of the biggest bursts of creativity and artistic growth I’ve had are usually preceded by a big creative block.” 

Ashley Goldberg

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

I would add to the following quote on my personal experience: my best ideas come to me when I am out for a run. Sometimes when you can't concentrate, the best option is to be distracted.

“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”

Julio Cortázar

“Routine kills creative thought.”

Scarlett Thomas

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light, and shadows.” 

Jim Jarmusch

Now, this is a quote I give to my teen students. They hate following rules and Picasso nailed it on this line! I personally am not such a fan of cubism and his style in general (I love his earlier work though) but he broke every possible rule and we own him big for that!

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist."

Pablo Picasso

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”

Pablo Picasso

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” 

Pablo Picasso

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 

Pablo Picasso