Famous quotes by Sculptors


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"Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it"
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"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit"
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"To see far is one thing, going there is another"
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"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave"
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"So, in other words, how you respond to a sculpture, how a viewer sees the sculpture, is vital"
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"You have to make thousands and thousands of drawings before an illustration is perfected"
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"Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them"
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"They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things"
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"Architecture is inhabited sculpture"
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"Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them"
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"There hasn't been any art yet. Art is just beginning"
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"Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one's self by entering into the real sense of things"
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"What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface"
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"Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action"
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"Early One Morning takes time and, I mean, all things like that I felt were very important"
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"But I don't think that sculpture belongs in everyday life like a table does, or like a chair"
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"I don't do commissions and I like the freedom to create what my heart or mind tells me to"
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"I cannot tell you how many people, powerful people, come to my studio and they are in tears they are so moved by what they see"
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"At any one time, I'll have 30 to 40 pieces going on in the studio, so this is not economically driven at all"
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"I create for artistic intent only and do everything from life"
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"These guys are just flying through the air and I'm capturing them in the split second and putting it into a work of art, via clay to the bronze"
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"I was headed in the wrong direction. I didn't think I'd make it to 21. My Uncle Chuck saved my life. He was a graphic designer, and he gave me my first sketchbook. In the front, he wrote, 'Wear it like your underwear.'"
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"China is important to the world in that they are a force and on the move. Exposing them to figurative art opens up a potential for artistic expression far greater than anyone would ever have dreamed possible until today. It is this very spirit of the struggle and determination to triumph that inspires creative expression"
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"There is a connection between me and the collectors, and as admirers of the work they tell me about the differences the pieces are able to make in their lives on a daily basis"
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"There are very few people who do what I do"
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"My goal is to make fine art, and fine art comes from the soul. If you have virtuosity and facility, you can take and create something of significance"
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"The greatest success is creating whatever you want without conditions. I don't do commissions unless I really want to, because it's like having a job"
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"Sculpture will last a lot longer than painting"
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"I never had a job. I bought my first house within a year of getting out of school, and I built a custom one four and a half years later. The Art Center didn't teach much about business, but I learned a lot from the Fortune 500 companies that were my clients"
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"I can actually feel the interior body of a dancer. I have the ability to capture a split second... I want you to be hit with whatever the essence is of this sculpture"
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