young artists

Advice to young artists - 20 Artists including David Bowie, Milton Glaser, David Shrigley, Brian Eno, Michael Craig-Martin & Ray Charles give their advice to young artists.


David Shrigley

"You're on the right track if you're excited about what
you're doing"

David Shrigley advises young artists to focus on making good work.
He encourages focusing on projects rather than individual outcomes
and learning from your peers.

Original Source: The Louisiana Channel

David Bowie

"Never play to the Gallery"

In this interview the late, great David Bowie discusses the importance of
following your own artistic vision and warns of the dangers of compromising
your work to satisfy other peoples expectations.  

This is an excerpt from the 1997 documentary 'Inspirations' by Michael Apted.


Milton Glaser 

"You have to work like hell"

Art & Design giant - Milton Glaser stresses the importance of hard work
and putting in your 10, 000 hours. 

Original Source: Big Think


"I don't entertain people who sit around for a year waiting
to get inspired, that's bullshit"

 Avant-garde Irish artist: Guggi, believes that discipline is paramount in being a
studio artist. He explains how he never gives up on a painting once he has
started it - working through problems until the painting is resolved. 

Original Source: Big Think


Marina Abramović

"A great artist has to be ready to fail"

Marina Abramović tells artists to first ask themselves whether they really are
artists before they try to become great artists. 

Grayson Perry

"Turn up on time, be nice, and put in the hours"

Grayson Perry gives some good natured & straightforward advice
to new art students. 


Patti Smith

"Be concerned with doing good work, and make the right
choices, and protect your work"

Rock poet - Patti Smith at the Louisiana literature festival in 2012 discussing the
importance of focusing on your work and building a good name, & the creative
and political possibilities of living a creative life in modern society. 

Original Source: The Louisiana Channel

Michael Simpson

"Don't be afraid of the history of art"

British painter - Michael Simpson advises young artists not to be fearful or
dismissive of art history, to keep going, and to try and believe in themselves. 

Original Source: The Louisiana Channel


Yayoi Kusama

"For people following after me, I am not an art teacher for
you. My wish for you is to explore yourself and find a
marvelous view of life during your life"

Laurie Anderson

"Be loose"

Neil Gaiman

"Nobody has you're point of view except you"

Jim Dunkley

"Why don't you give up?"

A further note from Jim Dunkley: 

"This is a written piece of fiction but does reflect a prevalent attitude to the role
of an artist, which is more concerned with his worldly success than in the
personal rewards of making art, which are invaluable."


Judy Chicago

"Stay out of the market until you have found
your own voice"

Olafur Eliasson

"Be very sensitive to where you are - in what times and in
what parts of the world, and how that constitutes the
artistic practice, the artistic inquiry"

Four 2014 Turner Prize Nominees give their advice to
young artists. 

"Stick to your guns and enable yourself to develop" Duncan Campbell

" Be sincere" Ciara Phillips

"Believe in something, and have a sense of inquiry" Tris Vonma Mitchell

"Have a peer group, and something to help ideas move forward" James Richards

Michael Craig-Martin

"Have a passionate desire to make art that overrides
absolutely everything else"

American / British artist and educator Michael Craig-Martin considers the
creative process, the drive to create and how this can change
over a long career.

Original Source: RA


Brian Eno

"Don't get a Job - Try to leave yourself in the position where
you do the things that you want to do with your time and
where you take maximum advantage of whatever your
possibilities are" 

Brian Eno discusses the importance of being able to devote enough time to your
practice and the ways in which young artists and society as a whole can make
this possible. 

Brian Kershisnik

American painter Brian Kershisnik has these five tips to offer young artists:

  1. Work Hard
  2. Follow the thread
  3. Enjoy Yourself
  4. Feel
  5. Don't force symbols 

Ray Charles

Have faith in yourself, and above all. practice"

Legendary R&B & early soul performer - Ray Charles, gives some words of
advice to young musicians and talks about how times have changed in the
music industry. 


"If you spend your life working on something that you love
and you never have success with it, at least you spent your
life doing something that you love."

Electronic musician - Moby talks about loving your work, being open minded,
and embracing the history of music.