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Style is something that should come in spite of itself... Because you've worked, you've looked. (Mark Adams)

People think that I can teach them style. What stuff it all is! Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style. (Matthew Arnold)

The unity in any painter's work arises from the fact that a person, brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way... style. (Frank Auerbach)

You are still lucky - you have a certain type of people who keep buying your music - but then you can get typecast and have to keep making that same music, and you can change only slightly. It's risky to bounce around and change your type of music. (Randy Bachman)

Good new art may not look like art. Inspiration doesn't follow style, it creates it. (Darby Bannard)

The subject, the light, the time of day and my mood tell me how something should be executed. I am not a Photoshop filter that wishes to impose my style on all that inspires me. (Brenda Behr)

There's no rule to say you must use only one style in a painting. It's entirely up to you. You're the artist, you're the boss, it's your painting. (Marion Boddy-Evans)

One has to guard against a formula that is good for everything, that can interpret reality in addition to the other arts, and that rather than creating can only result in a style, or a stylization. (Georges Braque)

The style is the man himself. (George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon)

I had to develop my own style. I began to dig out places of my own... I loved to paint villages, and I'm glad, because they're pretty much gone now. They've all changed, fallen down or been destroyed. (A. J. Casson)

Then you will find, if nature has granted you any imagination at all, that you will eventually acquire a style individual to yourself, and it cannot help being good; because your hand and your mind, being always accustomed to gather flowers, would ill know how to pluck thorns. (Cennino Cennini)

-as quoted in Architectural Digest, 1994...
Fashion fades; only style remains the same. (Coco Chanel)

My stuff was filled with more despair than anything you'd associate with rock 'n' roll. Since I couldn't see people dancing, I didn't write jitterbugs or twists. I wrote rhythms that moved me. My style requires pure heart singing. (Ray Charles)

-on Tennyson...
He could not think up to the height of his own towering style. (G. K. Chesterton)

Style is an easy way of saying complicated things. (Jean Cocteau)

Our personal style depends on packaging. (Linda Doll)

After years of painting, drawing, sculpting or whatever, your style becomes you. You are your style. Inseparable, one and the same, no matter what you choose to create. (Sonja Donnelly)

Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear. (Ralph Ellison)

A man's style is his mind's voice. Wooden minds, wooden voices. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

BB King, hearing slide guitar as a young man, tried to emulate the sound using his fingers and invented a whole new style of guitar playing. Try on another style - you may end up using your brushes or colours in ways you'd never considered previously... (Michael Epp)

Many a fine style has evolved from a decent handicap. (Robert Genn)

Style is the image of character. (Edward Gibbon)

To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body. Both go together, they can't be separated. (Jean-Luc Godard)

One of the characteristics of great drawings is the artist's whole-hearted acceptance of his own style and character. It is as if the drawing says for the artist, 'Here I am.' (Nathan Goldstein)

Don't look for gimmicks to give your work style. You might be stuck with them for life. Or, worse yet, you might have to change your 'style' every few years. (Irwin Greenberg)

Every age has its style, motifs, tunes and rhythms – its special sense of space and time. (Vladimir Gusev)

Style has no formula, but it has a secret key. It is the extension of your personality. The summation of this indefinable net of your feeling, knowledge and experience. (Ernst Haas)

Your style is the way you talk in paint. (Robert Henri)

A great man does not confine himself to one school; but combines many schools, as well as reads and listens to the arguments of his predecessors, thereby slowly forming a style of his own. (Kuo His)

As you grow older, it dawns on you that you are yourself – that your job is not to force yourself into a style but to do what you want. (Beth van Hoesen)

Renditions of the human form in out-of-whack style packs a punch. It's art - mastery and spark! (Susan Holland)

The primitive style makes nature look like stage scenery. (E. J. Hughes)

Took my number, took my style, didn't seem too interested in the hairstyle. (Anthony Mars Jenkins)

It is said that my art has some typically Nordic features: the curving lines, the convolutions, the magical masks and staring eyes that appear in myths and folk art. This may be. My interest in the dynamics of Jugend style probably also comes into it. (Asger Jorn)

A Classical style... is the syllogism of art, the only legitimate process from one world to another. Classicism is not the manner of any fixed age or of any fixed country; it is a constant state of the artistic mind. It is a temper of security and satisfaction and patience. (James Joyce)

The voice will always be heard, even if the song is very different. (Scott Kahn)

He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise. (Paul Klee)

Now, Bonnard at times seems styleless. Someone said of him that he had the rare ability to forget from one day to another what he had done. He added the next day's experience to it, like a child following a balloon. (Franz Kline)

I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style. (Yves Saint Laurent)

My goal is never to copy. Create a new style, clear luminous colors and feel the elegance of the models. (Tamara de Lempicka)

The words, the style always reflects a habit of mind. And the habit of mind comes in from a different angle... and then something strange and wonderful happens. And you see things differently. You see a different light is shed on it. (John Leonard, critic)

Serious art has been the work of individual artists whose art has had nothing to do with 'style' because they were not in the least connected with the style or the needs of the masses. Their work arose rather in defiance of their times. (Franz Marc)

Style is simply the adoption of an arbitrary set of creative rules that one chooses from to express oneself. One develops style as selected preferences for each creative choice. (Scott Menaul)

There will always be those who imitate another artist's style or fake one of their own, but the true artist will automatically develop a style without thinking about it. (Dianne Mize)

I don't know if I'm an impressionist or an expressionist. You can call me an American first... I've been labeled doing neimanism, so that's what it is, I guess. (LeRoy Neiman)

Every artist who evolves a style does so from illusive elements that inhabit his or her visual storehouse. (Mary Carroll Nelson)

After the spirit and the thoughts are concentrated, the ideas may be developed in accordance with the style; and then it may be said, that what is grasped by the mind is expressed by the hand. (Anonymous Chinese painter)

Once you've built your reputation on a particular signature style, it can be hard to wriggle your way out of the straitjacket of your own brand identity. After all, where does distinctively recognizable end and stalely repetitious begin? (Judith Palmer)

Artists should imprint their handwriting on the work, because if they give a piece to a fabrication studio, the craftsmen there may actually be too perfect; you don't see the quirks that the artist would have developed. (Grayson Perry)

Style is instinctive and few achieve it in a notable degree. Its development is not hastened by instruction. It comes or it doesn't. It will take care of itself. (Walter J. Phillips)

While it is emotion that gives an impulse to the landscape painter, it is his style that inspires the critic's praise, and his subject that inveigles the untutored beholder. (Walter J. Phillips)

The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting. Everything I have ever made was made for the present and with the hope that it would always remain in the present. (Pablo Picasso)

Such laboured nothings in so strange a style, / Amaze th' unlearn'd, and make the learned smile. (Alexander Pope)

When doodling, you are not trying to emulate anyone else but subconsciously developing a vocabulary of shapes and hand movements that are simply and wonderfully your own. Doodling seems to be one way to develop a personal style... (John Stuart Pryce)

Technically I assimilate styles very, very fast: I am like a sort of mutating virus. (Sarah Raphael)

I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labour. (Henri Rousseau)

What influenced my style was the feeling that I was a lousy artist... I was like the ugly duckling, not knowing what I was, style-wise, and thinking I was all on my own... I evolved into a style that couldn't be compared to anyone else. (Jim Rowe)

We don't need to impose a style, we just have to show up and be present to catch its unfolding. (Linda Saccoccio)

-on Joaquin Sorolla...
Late in his life he was seen as a realist reactionary, stubbornly clinging to an outmoded style in the time of cubism, expressionism, and the triumph of modernism. (Peter Saint-Andre)

Style is never an intellectual and willful effort. It is like grace in the spiritual life. (Antonio Salemme)

Personal style, be it that of Michelangelo, or that of Tintoretto... has always been that peculiar personal rapport which has developed between an artist and his medium. (Ben Shahn)

Why should I care about style? When I start painting, I never know what will come out. I start as innocent as a child. (Herbert Siebner)

Style is everything. (Susan Sontag)

To emphasize style is to slight content, or to introduce an attitude which is neutral with respect to content. (Susan Sontag)

You are style; everything else is a 'look.' (William Carmen Soyak III)

Only great minds can afford a simple style. (Stendhal)

It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now. (Stendhal)

Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress. (Wallace Stevens)

As students, all we did was paint from nature. This was where the nucleus of my own artistic style came into focus. (John Stobart)

Where there is no style, there is in effect no point of view. There is, essentially, no anger, no conviction, no self. Style is opinion, hung washing, the calibre of a bullet, teething beads... (Alexander Theroux)

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. (Gore Vidal)

All styles are good except the tiresome kind. (Voltaire)

I like having my own style; love my work or hate my work, it's my own. (Don Watson)

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. (Orson Welles)

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. (Orson Welles)

A writer's style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias... it is the Self escaping into the open. (E. B. White)

To achieve style, begin by affecting none. (E. B. White)

Freestyle Chinese painting is about composing and expressing the subject in likeness and non-likeness... something that I can use my imagination. I fell in love. (Ming Yeung)

As Picasso did away with background so the stylist does away with detail. This liberalizes abstraction as an appropriation of form... (Jan Zawadzki)


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