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Born: 1960-12-22
Profession: Artist
Nation: American
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I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.

Tags: Art, Life, Try

I start a picture and I finish it.

Tags: Finish, Picture, Start

Believe it or not, I can actually draw.

Tags: Actually, Draw

I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

Tags: Art, Listen, Needs

Occasionally, when I get mad at a woman, I'll do some great, awful painting about her.

Tags: Great, Mad, Woman

The more I paint the more I like everything.

Tags: Paint

The country makes me more paranoid, you know? I think the crazy people out there are little crazier.

Tags: Country, Crazy, Makes

I am not a black artist, I am an artist.

Tags: Artist, Black

I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people.

Tags: Best, Money, Took

I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life.

Tags: Life, Rest, Thought

I wanted to build up a name for myself.

Tags: Build, Name, Wanted

I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.

Tags: Gallery, Star, Wanted

I have a painting where somebody's holding a chicken, and underneath the chicken is somebody's head.

Tags: Head, Painting, Somebody

I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day.

Tags: Kids, Real, Work

I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young.

Tags: Cartoonist, Wanted, Young

If I'm away from painting for a week, I get bored.

Tags: Away, Bored, Week

The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn't see many paintings with black people in them.

Tags: Black, Paintings, Realized

There are about 30 words around you all the time, like 'thread' or 'exit.'

Tags: Thread, Time, Words

Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix... I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.

Tags: Famous, Feeling, Romantic

I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I'd draw a big ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman.

Tags: Perfect, Remember, Win