Basquiat quotes

1. Ignore art critics

I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

2. Obscurity sparks curiosity

I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.

3. Think about life!

I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.

4. Like everything

The more I paint the more I like everything.

5. Make art like a kid

I like kids’ work more than work by real artists any day.

6. Picture perfect isn’t necessarily great art

I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I’d draw a big ram’s head, really messy. I’d never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman.

7. Make child like art

“I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.”

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