Facts about Howard Hodgkin

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Howard Hodgkin is a famous Artist from United Kingdom, he/she is still alive and was born August 6, 1932.

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He/she is born under the zodiac leo, who is known for Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative. Our collection contains 26 quotes who is written / told by Howard.

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Famous quotes by Howard Hodgkin (26)


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"My language is what I use, and if I lost that, I wouldn't be able to say anything"
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"I hate painting"
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"When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else"
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"I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits"
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"I think that words are often extraneous to what I do"
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"I am happy for people to talk about my pictures, but I wish devoutly that I was not expected to talk about them myself"
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"Matisse was very clear about saying that you have to blow your own trumpet and explain yourself, which I think has been slightly forgotten"
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"I don't look at the work of my contemporaries very much; I tend to look at pictures by dead artists. It's much easier to get near their paintings"
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"I want my pictures to be things. I want them to be made up of marks that are physically and individually self-sufficient"
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"I think words come between the spectator and the picture"
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"A collection makes its own demands. Many artists have been collectors. I think of it rather as an illness. I felt it was using up too much energy"
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"The picture surface recedes just as much in the 20th century as it did in the 15th. The techniques of making pictures have hardly changed"
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"In England, it's thought to be morally suspect to worry about what your surroundings look like"
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"I fell through a crack for years. Historically, I am a nothing because I fit in no category. I can only be me"
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"My friends tend to be writers. I think writers and painters are really all the same-we just sit in our rooms"
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"I look at my pictures, and I think, 'Well, how did I do that?'"
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"I find old copies of National Gallery catalogues, which are written in the dryest possible prose, infinitely soothing"
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"I don't think you can lightly paint a picture. It's an activity I take very seriously"
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"I don't really have a historical overview of my work at all. I'm not an art historian. I don't see that there's this period and that period"
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"Collecting has been my great extravagance. It's a way of being. I collect for the same reason that I eat too much-I'm one of nature's shoppers"
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"You keep on balancing and balancing and balancing until the picture wins, because then the subject's turned into the picture"
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"In the United States there has been a kind of a structure in the Modern art world. The New York School was nearly a coherent thing-for a minute"
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"I'm vulnerable to criticism. Any artist is, because you work alone in your studio and, until recently, critics were the only way you'd get any feedback"
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"I am isolated as an artist, not as a person"
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"A painting is finished when the subject comes back, when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object"
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"I once was interviewed and got so exasperated that I said, 'What do you want, a shopping list?' They kept asking, 'What's in this picture?'"


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