Top 35 David Hockney Quotes That Will Inspire You As An Artist

David Hockney is a renowned British painter, photographer, draftsman and stagedesigner. He is considered as one of British most influential artist in the 20th century.
He is a successful artist that has made impact in Britain. Here are some of his quotes.

Inspiring David Hockney Quotes

“I have never really done any teaching and maybe I should have done. I am not power-mad enough.” — David Hockney

“It is difficult to say why I decided I wanted to be an artist. Obviously, I had some facility, more than other people, but sometimes facility comes because one is more interested in looking at things, examining them, more interested in the visual world than other people are.” — David Hockney

“In fact, most artists want to make things a bit more difficult for themselves as they go along, to challenge themselves.” — David Hockney

“Any artist will tell you he’s really only interested in the stuff he’s doing now. He will, always. It’s true, and it should be like that.” — David Hockney

“What I always longed to do was to be able to paint like I can draw, most artists would tell you that, they would all like to paint like they can draw.” — David Hockney

“The pictures on the walls aren’t like movies. They don’t move, they don’t talk, and they’ll last longer. They will last longer.”

— David Hockney

“In the end nobody knows how it’s done – how art is made. It can’t be explained. Optical devices are just tools. Understanding a tool doesn’t explain the magic of creation. Nothing can.” — David Hockney

“I’m convinced that technology and art go together – and always have, for centuries.” — David Hockney

“As you get older, it gets a bit harder to keep the spontaneity in you, but I work at it.” — David Hockney

“Faces are the most interesting things we see.” — David Hockney

“It sometimes takes a foreigner to come and see a place and paint it. I remember someone saying they had never really noticed the palm trees here until I painted them.” — David Hockney

“Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.”

— David Hockney

“You must plan to be spontaneous.” — David Hockney

“When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing.” — David Hockney

“Laugh a lot. It clears the lungs.” — David Hockney

“Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill.” — David Hockney

“My only worry is the painting I’m doing. Nothing else.”

— David Hockney

“I’m a very early riser, and I don’t like to miss that beautiful early morning light.” — 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

“Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.” — David Hockney

“Anything simple always interests me.” — David Hockney

“I can get excitement watching rain on a puddle. And then I paint it. Now, I admit, there are not too many people who would find that exciting. But I would. And I want life thrilling and rich. And it is. I make sure it is.” — David Hockney

“If you are not playful you are not alive.”

— David Hockney

“Faces are the most interesting things we see; other people fascinate me, and the most interesting aspect of other people – the point where we go inside them – is the face. It tells all.” — David Hockney

“I have always believed that art should be a deep pleasure. I think there is a contradiction in an art of total despair, because the very fact that the art is made seems to contradict despair.” — David Hockney

“The urge to draw must be quite deep within us, because children love to do it.” — David Hockney

“It takes a long time to make it simple.” — David Hockney

“When you stop doing something, it doesn’t mean you are rejecting the previous work. That’s the mistake; it’s not rejecting it, it’s saying, ‘I have exploited it enough now and I wish to take a look at another corner.’” — David Hockney

“The camera can’t see space. It sees surfaces. People see space, which is much more interesting.”

— David Hockney

“I am constantly preoccupied with how to remove distance so that we can all come closer together, so that we can all begin to sense we are the same, we are one.” — David Hockney

“If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive.” — David Hockney

“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.” — David Hockney

“In art, new ways of seeing mean new ways of feeling; you can’t divorce the two, as, we are now aware, you cannot have time without space and space without time.” — David Hockney

“Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.”

— David Hockney

“I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning.” — David Hockney