Art, [he] decided, creative art — was shit.
— James Jones. The Thin Red Line
Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Sometimes I paint it and then see it.
— Jasper Johns
A child who has learned to love Wagner is a child who could enjoy a pig slaughter.
— Garrison Keilor. Radio Romance
All artists are prepared to suffer for their work, but why are so few prepared to learn to draw?
Art is not like other cultures because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions and buy records by the billions. We the people, affect the making and the quality of most of our culture, but not our art.
The Art we look at is made by only a select few. A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say. When you go to an Art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires.
Art is all about finding the paint-job that turned the donkey into the zebra.