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A painter must think of everything he sees as being there entirely for his own use and pleasure.
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A painter's tastes must grow out of what so obsesses him in life that he never has to ask himself what it is suitable for him to do in art.
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And, since the model he faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture, since the picture is going to be there on its own, it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model.
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As far as I am concerned the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as flesh does.
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Full, saturated colours have an emotional significance I want to avoid.
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I am only interested in painting the actual person, in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong.
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I could never put anything into a picture that wasn't actually there in front of me. That would be a pointless lie, a mere bit of artfulness.
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I don't want any colour to be noticeable... I don't want it to operate in the modernist sense as colour, something independent.
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I have a hatred of habit and routine. And what dogs love is just that. They like regular everything, and I don't have regular anything.
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I have a timetable, but no routine.
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I paint people not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.
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I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it's what Yeats called the fascination with what's difficult. I'm only trying to do what I can't do.
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I use the gallery as if it were a doctor. I come for ideas and help - to look at situations within painting, rather than paintings.
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I want paint to work as flesh.
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I work from people that interest me and that I care about, in rooms that I know.
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I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having a look of the sitter, being them.
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It is through observation and perception of atmosphere that he can register the feeling that he wishes his painting to give out.
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My work is purely autobiographical... It is about myself and my surroundings.
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Now that I know what I want, I don't have to hold on to it quite so much.
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Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you do all manner of elaborate things to a duck, and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
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Since the model he so faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture... it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model.
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The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh.
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The character of the artist doesn't enter into the nature of the art.
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The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
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The model should only serve the very private function for the painter of providing the starting point for his excitement.
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The painter must give a completely free rein to any feeling or sensations he may have and reject nothing to which he is naturally drawn.
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The painter's obsession with his subject is all that he needs to drive him to work.
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The paintings that really excite me have an erotic element or side to them irrespective of subject matter.
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The picture is all he feels about it, all he thinks worth preserving of it, all he invests it with. If all the qualities which a painter took from the model for his picture were really taken, no person could be painted twice.
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The problem with painting a nude... is that it deepens the transaction. You can scrap a painting of someone's face and it imperils the sitter's self-esteem less than scrapping a painting of the whole naked body.
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There is a distinction between fact and truth. Truth has an element of revelation about it. If something is true, it does more than strike one as merely being so.
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When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting, what will suit me and what won't.
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Whether it will convince or not, depends entirely on what it is in itself, what is there to be seen.
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