Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.
1988 In The Guardian, 26 Oct.
What I always longed to do was to be able to paint like I can draw, most artists would tell you that, they would all like to paint like they can draw.David Hockney
In one gallery they actually had a notice which said "No Sketching." How obnoxious! I said, "How do you think these things got on the walls if there was no sketching?"David Hockney
Television is becoming a collage — there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.David Hockney
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.David Hockney
We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way.David Hockney
It sometimes takes a foreigner to come and see a place and paint it. I remember someone saying they had never really noticed the palm trees here until I painted them.David Hockney
How can Blair fight a war on terror? Terror is not an ideology or an army; terror is a technique.David Hockney
Teaching people to draw is teaching people to look.David Hockney
The choice is not between drugs and no drugs, but between illegal drugs and legal drugs. Until the 1920s drugs were legal, why not now? Lots of people are on drugs anyway — it is called medication.David Hockney
All art is contemporary, if it's alive. And if it's not alive, what's the point of it?David Hockney
Any artist will tell you he's really only interested in the stuff he's doing now. He will, always. It's true, and it should be like that.David Hockney