I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.  -Mark Rothko

I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.  -Mark Rothko

Being able to do something is never an adequate reason for doing it.  -Gerhard Richter

Being able to do something is never an adequate reason for doing it.  -Gerhard Richter

How could one be in this world without feeling dismayed by it? Even if one paints flowers and gingerbread.  -Gerhard Richter

How could one be in this world without feeling dismayed by it? Even if one paints flowers and gingerbread.  -Gerhard Richter

My work is not influenced by anybody.  -Clyfford Still

My work is not influenced by anybody.  -Clyfford Still

The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.  -Jackson Pollock

The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.  -Jackson Pollock

I need the city; I need to know there are people around me strolling, arguing, fucking—living, and yet I go out very rarely; I stay here in my cage   -Francis Bacon

I need the city; I need to know there are people around me strolling, arguing, fucking—living, and yet I go out very rarely; I stay here in my cage   -Francis Bacon

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time. Willem de Kooning

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time. 
Willem de Kooning

I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality. -Barnett Newman 

I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality. 
-Barnett Newman 

I don’t have big anxieties. I wish I did. I’d be much more interesting. -Roy Lichtenstein

I don’t have big anxieties. I wish I did. I’d be much more interesting. 
-Roy Lichtenstein

If you can’t find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three. -Robert Motherwell 

If you can’t find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three. 
-Robert Motherwell 

I’m plagued with indecision in my life. I can’t figure out what to order in a restaurant. -Chuck Close 

I’m plagued with indecision in my life. I can’t figure out what to order in a restaurant. 
-Chuck Close 

"I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."  -  Jean-Michel Basquiat  (1960-1988)

"I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."  -  Jean-Michel Basquiat  (1960-1988)

Francis Bacon by Lucian Freud (1952)
“I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it’s what Yeats called the fascination with what’s difficult. I’m only trying to do what I can’t do.”  - Lucian Freud

Francis Bacon by Lucian Freud (1952)

I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it’s what Yeats called the fascination with what’s difficult. I’m only trying to do what I can’t do.”  - Lucian Freud

Your Daily Bacon
"Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later."
-  Francis Bacon

Your Daily Bacon

"Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later."

-  Francis Bacon

Your daily Bacon
The feeling of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility. (Francis Bacon)

Your daily Bacon

The feeling of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility. (Francis Bacon)