Quotes from the Global Creative Leadership Summit

In New York recently there was a Global Creative Leadership Summit where leaders from business, technology, government, science and the arts got together to discuss how their disciplines could work together and possibly benefit each other.

ArtInfo got some quotes from two speakers at the event.. Chuck Close and Franceso Clemente. I completely agree with the first quote about inspiration.

  • “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up.”
    Chuck Close Quote
  • “I don’t care about money and that’s why I’ve made a whole hell of a lot of it.”
    Chuck Close Quote
  • “artists are notoriously poor organizers; we normally don’t join groups, and when we do, it’s a disaster. We work alone in our studios. The stand-in for an organization for us is the [artistic] community: We send what we produce into the world and that’s how we exchange ideas with other artists.”
    Chuck Close Quote
  • “I try to remove anxiety. It’s almost like raking gravel in a Zen monastery—when I commit to a painting, I know it’s a four-month project, and I tell myself, today I’m going to do what I did yesterday and tomorrow I’m going to do what I did today.”
    Chuck Close Quote
  • “The bad news is that I believe that an artist is an artist because he chooses not to tamper with reality; he chooses not to better reality. The creative mind comes at a price, so ultimately, an artist makes an ethical choice—he deals not so much with the world of ideas, but with the world of forms. And the world of forms does not make deals.”
    Francesco Clemente Quote

There’s also a video from the first day of the event over at the Global Creative Leadership Summit website.

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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. I found it odd that there was not ONE woman represented in either the art/architecture OR noble laureate panels. WANGARI MAATHAI would have been an excellent choice for the luareate panel.

    I do agree with chuck close’s comment.”Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up.”
    Being inspired is a tiny part of it, it is 90% working at it. I have found many people who just don’t want to work at it.

    I can see where one can say creating art isn’t about the money, but I don’t believe he doesn’t care about money. Isn’t it always those who have it that say they don’t care ;)

  2. I fully agree with the first quote, totally disagree with the last.
    Professionals do the job they’re given or do the art for whatever their project is (i.e. designing a computer game that needs graphics). The amateur has the time to sit on his bum waiting for inspiration.
    For centuries artists have been selling fantasy, NOT realism. In mediaeval Europe they sold the fantasy of Christianity, because the Church was the biggest patron of the arts. Today they sell sci-fi and fantasy novels. Same thing. Only the patrons have changed. Realism is for news photographers. (They can be artistic too, of course, but that’s second to capturing the news.)

  3. Speaking of artists not being interested in money, I should think artists who take commissions must have well developed sense of money. As I look at the fees charged, I am reminded of the days not too long ago, when any artists, recognized ethereal talent or hack dauber were paid by the time spent, the size of the surface, how much he did and how much would be performed by employees and apprentices, cost of materials, and anything else that today would enter into a contract for building a house or a new electrical system in the house.
    Here are the rates listed by a very fine, fine artist, who has the manifest respect of many in the art world (not to mention that I have a portrait in charcoal and graphite by a talented, mature artist).There are others who charge considerably more, including some, who are said to charge a minimum in six figures, if they will accept you on their waiting lists.

    Figure Dimensions Fee (oil on linen)
    Head and shoulders
    8″ x 10″ $12,500.

    10″ x 12″ $13,500.

    14″ x 18″ $17,500.

    16″ x 24″ $25,000.
    Torso with hands
    24″x30″ $35,000.
    28″ x 36″ $40,000.
    Full torso
    32″ x 40″ $47,500.
    Life size full figure
    42″ x 72″ and up starting at $85,000.
    Multiple persons minimum size 30″ x 40″ starting at $65,000.

    All prices quoted are starting amounts and can be adjusted up or down for variations in size and complexity of image. For example, adjustments will be made for background items and or environmental elements which are important to the subject’s position or home Stringent or difficult deadlines might also incur supplemental charges. The artist guarantees a mutually satisfying resolution of the painting but comprehensive changes in the painting after approval of the detailed sketch and after the painting has been significantly developed or nearly finished will entail additional charges to be discussed with the client.

    The artist can also execute the portrait in a variety of media including watercolor, pastel or two-color charcoal drawings.

    Finally, travel, per diem and shipping are regarded as supplemental expenses and will be billed separately. For portraits $34,000 and above, the first travel and per diem costs are included in the price.
    Close quote.


  4. Irv, the romantic artist in me says that list could have only been done by a businessman looking to extract every dollar he can from the brand that he is.

    But the practical artist in me that has to pay for art supplies and deal with all the things that come with being an artist, says good on him.

    I wish the practical and romantic artist in me got along better. They never seem to agree on things.


  5. There’s a fine line it seems between romantic and delusional. What price genius?

  6. There is probably no line between being a delusional and a romantic Brenda. Life would be much less interesting if everything was about realism though.

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