"Shadows sometimes people don't see shadows. The Chinese of course never paint them in pictures, oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."David Hockney on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."David Hockney on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."David Hockney on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."David Hockney on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."David Hockney on Oscar Wilde
"We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way."
"In my old age, I'll be in L.A."
"The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist."
"Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus."
"What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought."