Paperika Redux Panel 1 (close-up), Tyvek paper, 9'h x 15'w

 

 

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All visual and written content, unless otherwise attributed, is copyright Richard Shipps

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Richard Shipps, Chicago, IL (248) 867 1958, shippsr@comcast.net

 

 

 


 

 

 

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“I am always doing what I can’t do yet in order to learn how to do it;”

- Vincent van Gogh

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"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

- Maya Angelou

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"The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self obsessed to become our artists. Modern Art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history is so much been used by so many to say so little."

- Banksy

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"For the cubists, a painting was a surface covered with forms in a certain order. For me, a painting is a surface covered with representations of things in which logic and illustration have no importance."

- Mark  Chagall

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“It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”

- Jackson Pollack

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"If something is abstract, it's indescribable with language. And the idea of painting itself is a ridiculous way of thinking about abstraction because if you're materializing something or putting it into language, you're already doing something that isn't abstract. "

- Mika Tajima

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"In the same way we are expected to be indiviual and creative, we can also choose not to be so, and, strangely, no one would care. It's important to identify where the pressure to be an individual or to be creative is coming from. Is it really coming from some external imperative, or is it coming from us trying to follow the standards of the social group we associate ourselves with? Our context projects only to the standards that we define or accept as context."

- Goshka Makuga

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"Things are free and fluid otherwise they're overloaded and overworked like a painting should be nothing and free and not a thing at all otherwise it becomes something of a thing to use, a thing for someone else to use, something that becomes something else and then not the same thing and so something different and different things are different things and too many things are too many things."

- Ad Reinhardt (a postcard to Olga Scheirr)

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"In art the mass of people no longer seeks consolation and exaltation, but those who are refined, rich, unoccupied, who are distillers of quintessences, seek what is new, strange, original, extravagant, scandalous.  I myself, since Cubism and before, have satisfied these masters and critics with all the changing oddities which passed through my head….By amusing myself with all these games, with all these absurdities, puzzles, rebuses, arabesques, I became famous….But when I am alone with myself, I have not the courage to think of myself as an artist in the great and ancient sense of the term.  Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt were great painters.  I am only a public entertainer…."
                                                 
- Pablo Picasso, Interview, Libro Nero, 1952
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"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted."

Henri Matisse
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