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" You must plan to be spontaneous. "
" I did come from a pretty independent-minded family. "
" Who would have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing? "
" Picasso is still influencing me. Of course, I haven't got that kind of energy, or skill. "
" I'm not antisocial. I like people. "
" I'm very attracted to the great open spaces of the West. "
" I'm a bit of a propagandist. "
" All painters are interested in photography to a certain extent. "
" I'm fed up with being bossed around. "
" I think cubism has not fully been developed. It is treated like a style, pigeonholed and that's it. "
" Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make. "
" We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way. "
" But, I would always be thinking of how pictures are constructed and colour, how to use it, I mean you're using it for constructing, makes you think about it, the place did as well. "
" I'm always excited by the unlikely, never by ordinary things. "
" In fact, most artists want to make things a bit more difficult for themselves as they go along, to challenge themselves. "
" East Yorkshire, to the uninitiated, just looks like a lot of little hills. But it does have these marvelous valleys that were caused by glaciers, not rivers. So it is unusual. "
" Ultimately, I'm about liberty and I think you have to defend it. "
" It is very good advice to believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work. "
" Well, in Bradford I could say I was brought up in Bradford and Hollywood. "
" Who's going to ask a painter to see a diploma? They'd say, 'Can I see your paintings?', wouldn't they? "
" As for the world of fashion and celebrity, I have the usual interest in the human comedy, but the problems of depiction absorb me more. "
" It's time to debate images, especially when someone's going to prison for downloading them. "
" A lot of people, given the chance, would blow up everything, and you and me. "
" And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait, and you just think, well, this is another level. A higher level, actually. I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh. "
" Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache. "
" I haven't stopped painting or drawing - I've just added another medium. "
" I was always struck by how Picasso had no interest in music. "
" Laugh a lot. It clears the lungs. "
" I'm a very early riser, and I don't like to miss that beautiful early morning light. "
" California is always in my mind. "
" You can't name the inventor of the camera. The 19th-century invention was chemical: the fixative. "