Memory embellishes Life. Forgetfulness makes it possible.
Painting and art cannot be taught. You can save time if someone tells you to put blue and yellow together to make green, but the essence of painting is a self-disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself.
Practically all great artists accept the influence of others. But... the artist with vision sees his material, chooses, changes, and by integrating what he has learned with his own experiences, finally molds something distinctly personnel.
But no one, when you stop to think, has ever equated abstract expressionism as a movement with jazz music. It's based on improvisation. The rhythms, the personal involvement, all of this is part of the jazz experience.
Sometimes the mind relives things very clearly for us...There are roads out of secret places within us along which we all must move as we go to touch others.
The artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs.
Black art has always existed. It just hasn't been looked for in the right places.
What I've attempted to do is establish a world through art in which the validity of my Negro experience could live and make its own logic.
When I conjure these memories, they are of the present to me, because after all, the artist is a kind of enchanter in time.
You should always respect what you are and your culture because if your art is going to mean anything, that is where it comes from.
Last Update: 27 November 2022
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