Bill Reid quotes

  • Great art must be a living thing, or it is not art at all.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Art #Great Art

  • I have a sort of waking nightmare: to get this thing just about completed, and the last day to discover one little part that doesn't quite fit with the adjacent part.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Anxiety #Littles #Lasts

  • But I didn't think about this beforehand. I just went ahead and did it, and that's the way it turned out. So I guess there are lots of paradoxes which I'll leave for other people to unscramble.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Thinking #People #Way

  • It's hard to understand how you arrive at a design. It's far too complicated to get any overall picture of.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Design #Complicated

  • I consider myself one of the most fortunate of men, to have lived at a time when some of the old Haidas and their peers among the Northwest Coast peoples were still alive, and to have had the privilege of knowing them.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Gratitude #Men #Knowing

  • I have created the Raven in my own image over the years and insist that mine is the version of this personality that is correct - well, at least it is correct as far as I am concerned.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Years #Ravens #Personality

  • I certainly and deliberately introduced a great deal of variety into the people in the clamshell, which I suppose grows out of growing up in an individualistic society we profess to have.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Growing Up #People #Individuality

  • It suits my own attitude toward the world and its people to believe that the Raven is this completely self-centered, uninvolved bringer of change, through inadvertence and accident, and so on... It's a version of the Raven myth for today, not for the time when it was created.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Attitude #Believe #Self

  • I've never felt that I was doing something for my people, except what I could to bring the accomplishments of the old ones to the attention of the world. I think the Northwest Coast style of art is an absolutely unique product, one of the crowning achievements of the whole human experience. I just don't want the whole thing swept under the carpet without someone paying attention to it.
    -- Bill Reid

    #Art #Thinking #Unique

  • As my poor father used to say In 1963, Once people start on all this Art Goodbye, moralitee! And what my father used to say Is good enough for me.

  • Art does not exist for politics, or for instruction- it exists primarily for pleasure, or it is nothing.

  • I've always been a bit of a mix between art and technology. I used to paint a lot, but I'm not very good with my hands. It has always been a fusion between my computer gaming interests and being exposed to the rich data of society that we live in.

  • As a kid, I was always into art at the same time as computers, and eventually I realised I was making more interesting stuff with my keyboard than with my hands. I really enjoyed modifying computer games more than playing them, so that got me into programming.

  • Only recently serious research into the relationship between photography and art has taken place. Why has it been so long in coming ? In some respects historical research is analogous with that of science. The bringing to light of factual material and the development of ideas is to a large extent cumulative. But when artists themselves were, from about 1910, beginning to tear down the bastions protecting Art in its ivory tower, questioning the idea of Art with a capital 'A', photography was inevitably to assume a new stature both in the eyes of artists and the public, too.

  • all truly great art is propaganda ...

  • To be great, art has to point somewhere.

  • Great art must be a living thing, or it is not art at all.

  • Great art direction is NOT the same thing as great film direction!

  • Great art picks up where nature ends.