Birthday: July 9, 1937


59 Greatest Quotes By David Hockney

I prefer living in color. David Hockney
Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill. David Hockney
Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache. David Hockney
Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus. David Hockney
Teaching people to draw is teaching people to look. David Hockney
Just because I’m cheeky, doesn’t mean I’m not serious. David Hockney
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist. David Hockney
Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make. David Hockney
I'm a very early riser, and I don't like to miss that beautiful early morning light. David Hockney
There is nothing wrong with photography, if you don't mind the perspective of a paralysed Cyclops. David Hockney
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. David Hockney
It is very good advice to believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work. David Hockney
I do believe that painting can change the world. David Hockney
I paint what I like, when I like and where I like. David Hockney
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. David Hockney
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft. David Hockney
Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it. David Hockney
Always live in the ugliest house on the street - then you don't have to look at it. David Hockney
If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive. David Hockney
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. David Hockney
I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning. David Hockney
I'm always excited by the unlikely, never by ordinary things. David Hockney
Photographs aren't accounts of scrutiny. The shutter is open for a fraction of a second. David Hockney
Who would have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing? David Hockney
Like people, trees are all individuals. David Hockney
Smoking calms me down. It's enjoyable. I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life. David Hockney
We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way. David Hockney
The moment I got a very big studio, everything took off. David Hockney
I actually think the deafness makes you see clearer. If you can't hear, you somehow see. David Hockney
I believe that the very process of looking can make a thing beautiful. David Hockney
The urge to draw must be quite deep within us, because children love to do it. David Hockney
The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors. David Hockney
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. David Hockney
I think Picasso was, without doubt, the greatest portraitist of the 20th century, if not any other century. David Hockney
There are enough no smoking places now. David Hockney
I don't value prizes of any sort. David Hockney
Of course you can still paint landscape - it's not been worn out. David Hockney
I'm interested in all kinds of pictures, however they are made, with cameras, with paint brushes, with computers, with anything. David Hockney
Water colours are wet colours in water. David Hockney
When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing. David Hockney
How difficult it is to learn not to see like cameras, which has had such an effect on us. The camera sees everything at once. We don't. David Hockney
I stay up nights and fiddle with my opera designs. It's a bit obsessive. That's why I can't do it all the time. David Hockney
I haven't stopped painting or drawing - I've just added another medium. David Hockney
I was always struck by how Picasso had no interest in music. David Hockney
Being able to draw means being able to put things in believable space. People who don't draw very well can't do that. David Hockney
Picasso is still influencing me. Of course, I haven't got that kind of energy, or skill. David Hockney
People tell me they open my e-mails first, because they aren't demands and you don't need to reply. They're simply for pleasure. David Hockney
The camera can't see space. It sees surfaces. People see space, which is much more interesting. David Hockney
I've always been a looker. Loads of people say, "I never saw that" - but that's what artists do. David Hockney