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Howard Hodgkin Quotes and Sayings

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In England, it's thought to be morally suspect to worry
about what your surroundings look like.
- Howard Hodgkin

The picture surface recedes just as much in the 20th
century as it did in the 15th.
The techniques of making pictures have hardly changed.
- Howard Hodgkin

Collecting has been my great extravagance.
It's a way of being.
I collect for the same reason that I eat too much-I'm
one of nature's shoppers.
- Howard Hodgkin

I fell through a crack for years.
Historically, I am a nothing because I fit in no category.
I can only be me.
- Howard Hodgkin

 

I want my pictures to be things.
I want them to be made up of marks that are physically
and individually self-sufficient.
- Howard Hodgkin

My friends tend to be writers.
I think writers and painters are really all the same-we just sit in our rooms.
- Howard Hodgkin

I look at my pictures, and I think, 'Well,
how did I do that?'
- Howard Hodgkin

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I hate painting.
- Howard Hodgkin

A collection makes its own demands.
Many artists have been collectors.
I think of it rather as an illness.
I felt it was using up too much energy.
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't think you can lightly paint a picture.
It's an activity I take very seriously.
- Howard Hodgkin

I think that words are often extraneous to what I do.
- Howard Hodgkin

You keep on balancing and balancing and balancing until the picture wins,
because then the subject's turned into the picture.
- Howard Hodgkin

My language is what I use, and if I lost that,
I wouldn't be able to say anything.
- Howard Hodgkin

A painting is finished when the subject comes back,
when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object.
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't look at the work of my contemporaries very much;
I tend to look at pictures by dead artists.
It's much easier to get near their paintings.
- Howard Hodgkin

Matisse was very clear about saying that you have to
blow your own trumpet and explain yourself,
which I think has been slightly forgotten.
- Howard Hodgkin

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't really have a historical overview of my work at all.
I'm not an art historian.
I don't see that there's this period and that period.
- Howard Hodgkin

I am happy for people to talk about my pictures,
but I wish devoutly that I was not expected to talk about them myself.
- Howard Hodgkin

I'm vulnerable to criticism.
Any artist is, because you work alone in your studio and,
until recently, critics were the only way you'd get any feedback.
- Howard Hodgkin

I am isolated as an artist, not as a person.
- Howard Hodgkin

I once was interviewed and got so exasperated that I said,
'What do you want, a shopping list?' They kept asking,
'What's in this picture?'
- Howard Hodgkin

I find old copies of National Gallery catalogues,
which are written in the dryest possible prose,
infinitely soothing.
- Howard Hodgkin

I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits.
- Howard Hodgkin

In the United States there has been a kind of a structure in the Modern art world.
The New York School was nearly a coherent thing-for a minute.
- Howard Hodgkin

I think words come between the spectator and the picture.
- Howard Hodgkin

To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day.
- W. Somerset Maugham

In England, it's now Sir Ben.
Mister has just disappeared.
It's not even on my passport anymore.
They've taken Mister away from me.
- Ben Kingsley

When I got there, all the pasta and science stuff hadn't
quite caught on in England -
things that were perfectly acceptable then wouldn't be tolerated now.
- Robbie Fowler

Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil
is rightwise king born of all England.
- Thomas Malory

A family with the wrong members in control;
that,
perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
- George Orwell

You know there are no secrets in America.
It's quite different in England, where people think
of a secret as a shared relation between two people.
- W. H. Auden

They'll always be an England, even if it's in Hollywood.
- Bob Hope

England is my wife, America my mistress.
It is very good sometimes to get away from one's wife.
- Cedric Hardwicke

I remember my second game for England -
we lost 2-0 to Norway,
I was subbed and didn't do myself justice and I thought
that was the end of my England career.
- Teddy Sheringham

There is a huge responsibility on all of us to get England through.
It would be one of the biggest disasters in sports
history if we blew it and we must make sure it does not happen.
- Rio Ferdinand

Will I return to England? I don't know.
I'll think it over.
- Lillie Langtry

Hendrix was big in England.
We all became good friends and I am still in touch with Noel Redding.
- Jimmy Carl Black

In England, literary pretence is more universal than
elsewhere from our method of education.
- James Payn

I'm a working-class kid from a blue-collar New England family.
- R. A. Salvatore

The weather in England can really darken your spirits.
- Claire Forlani

If you make a treaty first with the United States and
settle the matter of the opium trade,
England cannot change this, though she should desire to do so.
- Townsend Harris

If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
- W. Somerset Maugham

And though various organizations in America and England
collected money and sent food parcels to these refugees,
nothing was ever received by the Spanish.
- Martha Gellhorn

The air of England has long been too pure for a slave,
and every man is free who breathes it.
- James Mansfield

We'd played for years to half-empty clubs in England.
- Phil Collen

That science has long been neglected and declining in England,
is not an opinion originating with me,
but is shared by many, and has been expressed by higher authority than mine.
- Charles Babbage

So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.
- Robert Mugabe

If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England
with the fire of the Elizabethans,
the correct taste of the Georgians, and the refinement
and pure ideals of the Victorians.
- H. P. Lovecraft

It was doing very well; it was doing particularly well outside of England.
It was a very big seller for Carlton Television.
But it was getting more and more expensive to do.
- Derek Jacobi

But I love filmmaking - I'm not ashamed of that.
You're sort of vilified if you say that in England.
- Minnie Driver

We stay as a team.
I might be England captain, but that doesn't mean I get treated differently.
- David Beckham

In terms of soccer, it wasn't really a thing that girls did.
In England it more kind of Net Ball and Hockey and
stuff like that in athletics.
It's to each their own, really.
- Parminder Nagra

The most serious charge which can be brought against
New England is not Puritanism but February.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

The natural barriers between England and Scotland were
not sufficient to prevent the extension of the Saxon
settlements and kingdoms across the border.
- Goldwin Smith

In England, there are so many TV commercials with nudity in them,
and there are so many TV programs that show nudity on a regular basis.
It's becoming more of a norm.
- Mark Roberts

There's a lot of people who don't understand the circle crops in England.
Pure enigma.
- Ken Kesey

Oh, the ignorance of us upon whom Providence did not
sufficiently smile to permit us to be born in New England.
- Horace Porter

England are numerically outnumbered in the midfield.
- Mark Lawrenson

Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who
came to America over three hundred years ago.
Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
- Pete Seeger

Oh, to be in England now that April's there.
- Robert Browning

I love scoring goals for England and playing for England.
That's one of the reasons I didn't retire -
I love playing for my country.
- David Beckham

Though born in Nova Scotia, I am of almost pure New England descent.
- Simon Newcomb

When my father arrived in Kenya, he had found the Kikuyu
way of life similar to that of the British at the time
the Romans invaded England 2,000 years ago.
- Louis Leakey

The Stuart sovereigns of England steadily attempted
to strengthen their power,
and the resistance to that effort caused an immense
growth of Parliamentary influence.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Why should Ireland be treated as a geographical fragment of England -
Ireland is not a geographical fragment,
but a nation.
- Charles Stewart Parnell

The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.
- Benjamin Disraeli

You have the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England,
the Presbyterians, the Wesleyans, represented in each school,
and they are each to take alternate days.
- Charles Tupper

I do not intend, we do not intend, that any party shall survive,
if we can help it, that will lay the confiscating hand
upon Americans in the interest of England or of Europe.
- Richard Parks Bland

The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.
- Benjamin Haydon

When I get off the plane in England I always feel about two inches shorter.
- Alan Rickman


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