I didn’t choose painting … It chose me. I didn’t have any talent. I just had genius.
As quoted in "Grace Hartigan, 86, Abstract Painter, Dies" in The New York Times (18 November 2008)
Pop Art is not painting because painting must have content and emotion.Grace Hartigan
Now as before it is the vulgar and the vital and the possibility of its transformation into the beautiful which continues to challenge and fascinate me ... Or perhaps the subject of my art is like the definition of humor emotional pain remembered in tranquillity.Grace Hartigan
Her art was marked by a willingness to employ a variety of styles in a modernist idiom, to go back and forth from art-historical references to pop-culture references to autobiographical material.Grace Hartigan