I haven't stopped painting or drawing - I've just added another medium.

Who would have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing?

I stay up nights and fiddle with my opera designs. It's a bit obsessive. That's why I can't do it all the time.

But the moment you use an ordinary camera, you are not seeing the picture, remember, meaning, you had to remember what you've taken. Now you could see it of course, with a digital thing, but remember in 1982 you couldn't.

I think my father would have liked to have been an artist, actually. But I think he didn't quite have perhaps the drive or, I don't know, I mean he had a family to bring up I suppose.

But, I would always be thinking of how pictures are constructed and colour, how to use it, I mean you're using it for constructing, makes you think about it, the place did as well.

I am constantly preoccupied with how to remove distance so that we can all come closer together, so that we can all begin to sense we are the same, we are one.

I'm not going to stop painting just to take orders.

I mean if you draw you like drawing, it's er, an activity you do all the time actually.

Tobacco is America's greatest gift to the world!

I generally only paint people I know, I'm not a flatterer really.

Of course you can still paint landscape - it's not been worn out.

Always live in the ugliest house on the street - then you don't have to look at it.

Laugh a lot. It clears the lungs.

I paint what I like, when I like and where I like.

I'm a very early riser, and I don't like to miss that beautiful early morning light.

I've always felt very English.

You had to be aware that I saw that photography was a mere episode in the history of the optical projection and when the chemicals ended, meaning the picture was fixed by chemicals, we were in a new era.

Who's going to ask a painter to see a diploma? They'd say, 'Can I see your paintings?', wouldn't they?

It is very good advice to believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work.

I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning.

I actually think the deafness makes you see clearer. If you can't hear, you somehow see.

Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill.

In my old age, I'll be in L.A.

I value my friends.

I've realized that I can do performances.

Cubism was an attack on the perspective that had been known and used for 500 years. It was the first big, big change. It confused people: they said, 'Things don't look like that!'

Anyway I feel myself a bit on the edge on the art world, but I don't mind, I'm just pursuing my work in a very excited way. And there isn't really a mainstream anymore, is there?

California is always in my mind.

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.

I avoid the public because the English public is too aggressive these days for me.

A lot of people, given the chance, would blow up everything, and you and me.

Tragedy is a literary concept.

Spring is very energising to me.

It's very British to go about to see something unusual and paint it.

The photograph isn't good enough. It's not real enough.

Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.

I don't value prizes of any sort.

I'm a bit of a propagandist.

Picasso is still influencing me. Of course, I haven't got that kind of energy, or skill.

Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.

I think Picasso was, without doubt, the greatest portraitist of the 20th century, if not any other century.

I go and see anything that's visually new, any technology that's about picture-making. The technology won't make the pictures different, but someone using it will.

Photographs aren't accounts of scrutiny. The shutter is open for a fraction of a second.

It's no good saying I wished I could go out more, because I can't. But I don't bother about it too much.

I went to art school actually when I was sixteen years old.

West Yorkshire is quite dramatic and beautiful, the crags and things.

I see the iPad as a wonderful new drawing medium, but I am at a loss as to how to make it pay.

Easel painting means small painting.