The camera can't see space. It sees surfaces. People see space, which is much more interesting.

— David Hockney

The most tremendous David Hockney quotes that will add value to your life

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.

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In art, new ways of seeing mean new ways of feeling;

you can't divorce the two, as, we are now aware, you cannot have time without space and space without time.

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The urge to draw must be quite deep within us, because children love to do it.

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David Hockney quote We grow small trying to be great.

We grow small trying to be great.

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I think photography has made us see the landscape in a very dull way - that's one of its effects. It's not spatial.

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I think I’m greedy, but I’m not greedy for money - I think that can be a burden - I’m greedy for an exciting life.

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I can get excitement watching rain on a puddle.

And then I paint it. Now, I admit, there are not too many people who would find that exciting. But I would. And I want life thrilling and rich. And it is. I make sure it is.

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Just because I’m cheeky, doesn’t mean I’m not serious

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About shadows: do we see shadows? Loads of people don't.

A camera will notice a shadow, but how many people have got a shadow in front of them when they take a picture and don't notice it, and then they see it in the photograph because the photograph will catch the shadow.

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The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors.

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Style is something you can use, and you can be like a magpie, just taking what you want.

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If we are to change our world view, images have to change.

The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.

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In the end nobody knows how it's done — how art is made.

It can't be explained. Optical devices are just tools. Understanding a tool doesn't explain the magic of creation. Nothing can.

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About David Hockney

Quotes 148 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

There is nothing wrong with photography, if you don't mind the perspective of a paralysed Cyclops.

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...all along I've had an ambivalent relationship to photography - but as to whether I thought it an art form, or a craft, or a technique, well, I've always been taken with Henry Geldzahler's answer to that question when he said, I thought it was a hobby.

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The video camera dominates art. It's a bore, it makes everything look a bit the same. If you look at things with a pencil and paper in your hand, you are going to see far more.

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Photography hankers after the condition of the neutral observer.

But there can be no such things as a neutral observer. For something to be seen, it must be looked at by somebody, and any true and real depiction must be an account of the experience of that looking.

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The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

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Until cubism, all art, all pictures, could be 'read' by anybody.

If this hadn't been so, the Christian message wouldn't have been seen by peasants and its importance would have been diminished.

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I've always said that the only thing a photograph is good at capturing faithfully is another flat surface.

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Most artists work all the time, they do actually, especially good artists, they work all the time, what else is there to do? I mean you do.

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It sometimes takes a foreigner to come and see a place and paint it.

I remember someone saying they had never really noticed the palm trees here until I painted them.

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I've always been interested in space in pictures.

I think my going deaf increased my spatial sense, because I can't get the direction of sound. I feel that I see space very clearly, and that's because I can't hear it. So it's a compensatory thing.

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People from the village come up and tease me: 'We hear you've started drawing on your telephone.' And I tell them, 'Well, no, actually, it's just that occasionally I speak on my sketch pad,'

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Water in swimming pools changes its look more than in any other form its colour can be man-made and its dancing rhythms reflect not only the sky but, because of its transparency, the depth of the water as well. If the water surface is almost still and there is a strong sun, then dancing lines with the colours of the spectrum appear everywhere.

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I've always been a looker. Loads of people say, "I never saw that" - but that's what artists do.

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There's a Chinese proverb that says it all: Painting is an old man's art.

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I thought the iPhone was great, but this takes it to a new level - simply because it's eight times the size of the iPhone, as big as a reasonably-sized sketchbook... Anyone who likes drawing and mark-making will like to explore new media.

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OH, I LIKE smoking, I do. I smoke for my health, my mental health. Tobacco gives you little pauses, a rest from life. I don't suppose anyone smoking a pipe would have road rage, would they?

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I think we're in a very exciting time - visually, I think we are.

I've not got a crystal ball. I'm not saying I know what the future is at all. In some ways I'm getting quite pessimistic about the future, but in other ways I think it might get better. We are moving into very big changes.

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I have always believed that art should be a deep pleasure.

..ther e is always, everywhere, an enormous amount of suffering. But I believe my duty as an artist is to overcome and alleviate the sterility of despair...New ways of seeing mean new ways of feeling... I do believe that painting can change the world.

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The only people who need degrees are dentists and brain surgeons.

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Dawn is about luminosity and so is the iPhone.

.. The little drawings of the dawn are done while I'm still in bed... If you're in my kind of business you'd be a fool to sleep through that... Artists can't work office hours, can they?

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With chemical film, it was possible to alter photographs, but you had to be an expert. That's not true any more. The LA Times fired a photographer at the beginning of the Iraq War for editing two shots together. Photography is crumbling. Certainly it is for the newspapers a bit now, isn't it? There will be painting again, absolutely!

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An artist might be attracted to hedonism, but of course an artist is not a hedonist. He's a worker, always.

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Television is becoming a collage -- there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.

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I was never that interested in movies.

I was interested in them as a thing, but I didn't want to make movies. I always wanted to draw and paint.

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Movie actors disappear - any young person wouldn't know Cary Grant.

They're going to disappear. Fifty years ago, you thought film was here to stay. But nothing is here to stay, actually - except perhaps paintings and drawings.

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It's all one to me: opera, painting, drawing, faxes.

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The history of photography needs clearing out.

It needs something else now. Because photography always acknowledged there were cameras before photography.

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Before he did all those lovely line drawings, Matisse would make really detailed charcoal drawings and tear them up. He wouldn't leave them about... I understand what he was doing: discovering what's there... to make the line meaningful, to find a linear solution.

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It's all right if you don't mind looking at the world from the point of view of a paralyzed Cyclops—for a split second.

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Every good artist I know, I always think works hard, we're working all the time.

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Anything simple always interests me.

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I'm coming 'round to the view that there's only a personal view of the world.

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No matter what the illusion created, it is a flat canvas and it has to be organized into shapes.

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On the 31st of October 2011 year, I had a mini-stroke.

I couldn't finish my sentences. So I went to the doctor. It was a tiny one. The speech came back in a month or so. I did notice I could draw even better, I felt. I was concentrating more. And I wasn't talking much, but I was drawing. I said, "Well, I don't have to talk much."

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Loads of people, particularly artists, hate pretty pictures.

Now I've never met anyone who didn't like a pretty face.

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There's no-one up there in Northern Norway, food's terrible, but it's very, very beautiful to look at, if you've got eyes, and enjoy looking.

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The vanishing point leads to the missiles of today, which can take us out of this world. It could be that the west's greatest mistakes were the 'invention' of the external vanishing point and the internal combustion engine.

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