My Favorite Art Quotes!

I am a quote girl…I’ll admit!
Quotes to me are the most poetic and appropriate words that describe a situation, a thought, or emphasize a point.

I use quotes a lot on my FB status as well as on Twitter. I was looking at some quotes this morning and thought I would share my favorite ones from The Painter’s Keys about art….enjoy!


Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us. (Roy Adzak)

Art is about paying attention. (Laurie Anderson)

The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual distillate – it is life, intensified, brilliant life. (Alain Arias-Misson)

Art is an international language, understood by all. (Igor Babailov)

What is art? Nature concentrated. (Honore de Balzac)

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. (Rene Magritte)

How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art. (Kermit the Frog)


As artists we are manifesting thought into reality every time we create. (Cristina Acosta)

That’s the artist’s role – to strike out always for something new, to break away, to defy, to… grapple with the unfamiliar. (Brian Aldiss)

I am not a black artist, I am an artist. (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

At moments we are all artists. (Arnold Bennett)

The artist has one function – to affirm and glorify life. (W. Edward Brown)

He who desires nothing, hopes for nothing, and is afraid of nothing, cannot be an artist. (Anton Chekhov)

The artist must say it without saying it. (Duke Ellington)

To be an artist is to recognize the possibilities found in everyday sights and scenes. (Susan Morris McGee)

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. (Pablo Picasso)

Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… (Rumi)

Artists are the people among us who realize creation didn’t stop on the sixth day. (Joel Peter Witkin)

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. (Emile Zola)

Art Collectors

The longer you spend working on something – loving it into being, almost – the more you get attached. It’s silly, but you do hope they go to good homes. (Anne Desmet)

To Own a piece of work done by an Artist / is to possess one of their facets / one of the windows of their life… (David Dory)

Collectors are buying a lifestyle. It gives them a connection to a dream. (Penny Duncklee)

Collecting seems to bring out that primitive instinct for the hunt in some of its devotees, who stalk their prey with skill. (Alicia Craig Faxon)

Buy art because you like it and because it moves you, and because it enhances your life. (Dan Fear)

There is a buyer out there somewhere for almost any kind of art. Even though I paint because I love it, selling is the ultimate validation that my work has value, because someone is willing to pay money to get it. (Suzette Fram)

However you feel and however you respond to a work of art is your way. There is no “supposed to” when it comes to looking at art. (Jeanne Frank)

The brilliance of art as a collectible is that it has a way of reaching out on an emotional level. It touches on mystery, even spirituality. (Robert Genn)

Buying art is the same thing as falling in love. (Nohra Haime)

Art collecting requires a bit of an investment. A painting may cost more than cheese puffs, but not necessarily more than a very good bottle of wine. (Glen Helfand)

The art piece you buy is something you’ll experience repeatedly – it’s worth considering why it speaks to you, and how long it might continue to do so. (Glen Helfand)

To appreciate a work of art, is it okay to like what you like, and the heck with the art critics and experts? Absolutely. (Thomas Hoving)

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice. (Andre Malraux)

Art is “food for the soul” – enlivening and whole-making – sometimes bland, sometimes very spicy and stimulating – maybe sometimes even “junk food”, but a basic human necessity. (Catherine Jo Morgan)

Each time you purchase a piece of art, you’re investing in a piece of history and in another person’s life. (Diane Overmyer)

When you are not rich, you buy either clothes that wear out or art that lasts forever. (Neal Patterson)

The true artist and the sane collector never will tolerate insincerity and impudence. (Walter J. Phillips)

I primarily buy art to show it off. (Charles Saatchi)

You can either buy clothes or buy pictures. (Gertrude Stein)

As a collector, you will discover that surrounding yourself with art can enrich not only your visual experiences, but instill a sense of vitality to your life and uplift your soul. (Sylvia White)