I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.
I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
I believe in the relation between photography and music; And thats my inspiration.
It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.
I like contradictions. We have never attained the infinite variety and contradictions that exist in nature. Tomorrow I shall contradict myself. That is the one way I have of asserting my liberty, the real liberty one does not find as a member of society.
One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it.
I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humor.
I do not photograph nature. I photograph my visions. Quoted in PBS episode of American Masters
To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.