Inspiring and Motivating Art Quotes for the New Year

Inspiring and Motivating Art Quotes for the New Year

January 23, 2018

With January in full swing, we are looking forward to the year ahead of us. Many resolutions made, goals set, and bucket list items to check off. Maybe yours is to visit a talked about exhibit (such as Infinity Mirrors), or maybe it’s to finish decorating your new apartment. Whatever the task – it is always helpful to get some motivation and inspiration. So, we have put together a list of our favorite and most inspirational artists quotes to get us through the year ahead of us. If you’re an art lover in need of some encouraging and inspiring words – then this is the place to be!


“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh struggled with depression and suffered from delusions, which eventually led him to an asylum in Saint-Remy, France. And although he was never a famous artist during his lifetime, Van Gogh never stopped working on his art. He is now known as one of the most influential artists in the history of Western art.

Van Gogh Iris Print

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was the most highly paid commercial illustrator in New York, and this was before he made art that was fit for galleries. His screen-printed images became the definition of Pop Art. He worked his way up from poverty to the High Society of New York City.

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe was best known for her paintings of large, zoomed in flowers. She created many different types of abstract art, but was admired especially as an independent female role model. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum opened in Santa Fe following her death.

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"If I were called upon to define briefly the word ‘Art’, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul." – Paul Cézanne

Cézanne is an artist who paid extremely close attention to detail. Cézanne adopted an analytical approach to what he put on canvas. His works feature structural integrity and methodical brushstrokes. This detailed oriented approach is does not go unnoticed in his works – making his efforts worth it. He is seen today as connecting Impressionism with art movements such as Expressionism.

“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat is an artist who participated in the street art movement. His art spoke as social commentaries to different issues and dichotomies. One of Basquiat’s pieces was sold in 2017 for $110.5 million; the third most expensive painting sold that year. An amazing achievement for such a young artist. If you want to see the other most expensive paintings, check out our previous blog post here.

Looking at Basquiat

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“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

With our goals set this year, towards many different achievements, this quote really spoke to us. We need to take actionable steps towards our goal, instead of just dreaming of them. Picasso is a famous painter, sculptor, printmaker, stage designer, poet and playwright. He did not complete all these amazing things without taking action.


We hope you enjoyed these inspiring quotes. We hope they help motivate you to do great things with the year ahead of you. For more artist quotes check out our previous blog post in this series: here.

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