Wayne Thiebaud (American 1920 – Present)

Wayne Thiebaud was born in Arizona but moved to Los Angeles at a young age. Eventually he came to Northern California, studied more art and became a teacher at UC, Davis. I love his San Francisco Hillside Landscapes. It looks just like Pacific Heights!

Watermelon Slices

35Cent Masterworks

Great Wayne Thiebaud Quotes:

  • “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.”
  • “Art means something very rare, an extraordinary achievement.”
  • “An artist needs the best studio instruction, the most rigorous demands, and the toughest criticism in order to tune up his sensibilities.”
  • “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.”
  • “We all need critical confrontation of the fullest and most extreme kind that we can get. You can unnecessarily limit yourself by choosing your criticism”
  • “an artist has to train his responses more than other people do. He has to be as disciplined as a mathematician. Discipline is not a restriction but an aid to freedom. It prepares an artist to choose his own limitations…”
  • “The figures… are not supposed to reveal anything… It’s like seeing a stranger in some place like an air terminal for the first time. You look at him, you notice his shoes, his suit, the pin in his lapel, but you don’t have any particular feeling about him.”