Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Style: Pop Art

Lived: Born November 15, 1920 (20th - 21st century)

Nationality: USA

A conscious decision to eliminate certain details and include selective bits of personal experiences or perceptual nuances, gives the painting more of a multi-dimension than when it is done directly as a visual recording. This results in a kind of abstraction... and thus avoids the pitfalls of mere decoration.

Commonplace objects are constantly changing... The pies, for example, we now see, are not going to be around forever. We are merely used to the idea that things do not change.

If I don't have anything better to do that day, I'll copy paintings, generally by people who have some relationship to the work of the moment.

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one study and that is the way in which things relate to one another.

Art is not delivered like the morning paper; it has to be stolen from Mount Olympus.

I'm a believer in the notion that artists who do good work believe in the ideas of extremes.

I'm not just interested in the pictorial aspects of the landscape – see a pretty place and try to paint it – but in some way to manage it, manipulate it, or see what I can turn it into.

Drawing the nude is the most important study there is, the most challenging and the most difficult.

Common objects become strangely uncommon when removed from their context and ordinary ways of being seen.

One of the great joys of being a painter is the pleasure of being so intimately connected with [the tradition of art]. . . I mean, the longer you work, the more you appreciate what those marvelous painters did, and how damned good they are. And it's a little bit of a paradox. You think, I think I'll give up right now - I've seen the Vermeer show. But, he's a human being like us, and, by God, you can just keep going!

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