25 Powerful Quotes By American Painter, Artist and Photographer Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close

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25 Powerful Quotes By American Painter, Artist and Photographer Charles Thomas
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1. “I don’t work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.”

2. “Inspiration is highly overrated. If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it’s not liable to ever happen. More often than not, work is salvation.”

3. “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today you will do what you did yesterday, and tomorrow you will do what you did today. Eventually you will get somewhere.”

4. “I’m not by nature a terribly intuitive person; I need to build a situation in which I will behave more intuitively, and that has really changed the life of my work – I found a way to trick myself into being intuitive.”

5. “Every idea occurs while you are working. If you are sitting around waiting for inspiration, you could sit there forever.”

6. “All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”

7. “Far more interesting than problem solving is problem creation.”

8. “See, I think our whole society is much too problem-solving oriented. It is far more interesting to [participate in] ‘problem creation’ … You know, ask yourself an interesting enough question and your attempt to find a tailor-made solution to that question will push you to a place where, pretty soon, you’ll find yourself all by your lonesome — which I think is a more interesting place to be.”

9. “Get yourself in trouble. If you get yourself in trouble, you don’t have the answers. And if you don’t have the answers, your solution will more likely be personal because no one else’s solutions will seem appropriate. You’ll have to come up with your own.”

10. “Never let anyone define what you are capable of by using parameters that don’t apply to you.”

11. “If it looks like art, chances are it’s somebody else’s art.”

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12. “I am going for a level of perfection that is only mine… Most of the pleasure is in getting the last little piece perfect.”

13. “Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.”

14. “What difference does it make whether you’re looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look.”

15. “A face is a road map of someone’s life. Without any need to amplify that or draw attention to it, there’s a great deal that’s communicated about who this person is and what their life experiences have been.”

16. “I think I was driven to paint portraits to commit images of friends and family to memory. I have face blindness, and once a face is flattened out, I can remember it better.”

17. “Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.”

18. “Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that’s embedded in the work.”

19. “It’s always a pleasure to talk about someone else’s work.”

20. “In my art, I deconstruct and then I reconstruct, so visual perception is one of my primary interests.”

21. “I knew from the age of five what I wanted to do. The one thing I could do was draw. I couldn’t draw that much better than some of the other kids, but I cared more and I wanted it badly.”

22. “Ease is the enemy of the artist. When things get too easy, you’re in trouble.”

23. “Most people are good at too many things. And when you say someone is focused, more often than not what you actually mean is they’re very narrow.”

24. “In life you can be dealt a winning hand of cards and you can find a way to lose, and you can be dealt a losing hand and find a way to win. True in art and true in life: you pretty much make your own destiny. If you are by nature an optimistic person, which I am, that puts you in a better position to be lucky in life.”

25. “Like any corporation, I have the benefit of the brainpower of everyone who is working for me. It all ends up being my work, the corporate me, but everyone extends ideas and comes up with suggestions.”

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