Nuggets of Wisdom Every Artist Should Remember

Being an artist is a whirlwind of characteristics and emotions blended into one, seemingly in a way that’s not meant to be understood by the general populace. Being an artist is, oftentimes, mutually exclusive with being a deviant. Because art, especially those that are largely and effectively creative, is essentially subjective and a personal form of expression. Being open to interpretation, art is also open to criticism. Even the most renowned names in the field of art – regardless of form, genre, and style – have not had the world served to them on a golden platter or doted on by the masses right from the get-go. They have to prove themselves – sometimes, endlessly. The phrase, “struggling artist,” therefore can be taken in as many ways as you can.


But as with any aspect of life, no hope is lost. Take cue from these great artists, as they not only left their art behind for us to celebrate, but also invaluable advice that not only applies to life as an artist, but life in general.


Andy Warhol

Art is anything you can get away with.

via Tate Modern


Jean-Michel Basquiat

I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.

via William Coupon


Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage.

via Museum of Modern Art


Chuck Close

Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

via Pace Gallery


Salvador Dalí

Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.

via AFP


Pablo Picasso

Action is the foundational key to all success.

via George Stroud


Georgia O’Keeffe

You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.

via Mpi


Marina Abramović

If we go for the easy way, we never change.

via Netherlands Media Art Institute


Vincent van Gogh

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Public Domain


Keith Haring

Art should be something that liberates your soul.

via Klostermeie