Antoni Tapies

"Art should startle the viewer into thinking about the meaning of life."

"I have been studying the art of the Far East, in which ambiguity plays a very important part. I've noticed that, if one draws things in a manner which provides only the barest clue to their meaning, the viewer is forced to fill in the gaps by using his own imagination. He is compelled to particapate in the creative act, which I consider very important. All my pictures are a kind of revision of my orginal idea. This is surely very different from the way in which Japanese or Chinese artists work: their themes are pre-ordained, whereas mine are invented at will."

"Painting quickly is a calculated act to block out rational thought."

"...this act of destruction is the expression of an idea which I've always tried to put across in art: the idea that what we call reality is not real at all.  When I draw a head, for example, I immediately feel an urge to destroy it, to erase it, because the drawing only captures an outward appearance and for me the vital issue is what lies behind the visual form of the head...there is something evocative about the idea of destruction."