Wade Guyton Quotes

I’m always looking at the computer. I make all of my work on the computer at some point or another. Almost all of the paintings come from a file.

Being an artist is supposed to be a scam, not a career.

As I was walking down the stairs, I kept thinking that the room felt like a movie theater with all your attention on this wall, so it seemed like a big challenge.

Well, art has to be sexy.

I had no idea what to expect moving to New York. It’s embarrassing to say, but I didn’t even realize that people bought contemporary art… that people actually paid for it… I know that’s really dumb. I was really naive. I had no idea artists made money.

I think as a student I ended up liking so many different and conflicting things.


The way I make drawings is just with a desktop Epson C88 printer and they are designed to break, they are really cheap. So I bought a lot of them before it became impossible to find them.

I hated art as a kid. I didn’t even like art class. I didn’t like to draw. I would make my dad do all the drawings because I hated it so much.

When I was younger and was working as a Dia guard I would go to see everything. I went to every opening. I was really interested in seeing and learning as much as I could.

People will still make great art, but I think it’s good to assume you will always be a failure. People were believing the opposite.

The Internet has a lot of solutions. I found an insane way to trap chipmunks – it was too crazy not to try.

I was really naïve. I had no idea artists made money.

It seemed to me that a lot of people started going to art school recently because they thought they could be famous and make a lot of money. They might be in for a bad turn.

I’ve never seen a postcard of my work in a museum.

We are all frustrated with computers, all the time… But we also always develop a relationship with computers these days – something my parents never had… there%u2018s always a kind of negotiation, sometimes you are in tune with it and other times you are fighting with it.

To some extent I’ve always taken the architecture of the space into account.

I don’t really live the bohemian life. I come to work in Midtown everyday, along with all the work-a-day folk.

I came late to galleries. A lot of people my age started their careers younger, so I was spared seeing that side for a long time.

My father is not around any more, so I cannot ask him to do my drawings for me. So, I had to find a different way. And I came up with the solution to use the printers then; I wasn’t doing anything complicated. The nature of the printer is efficiency in itself and about working, being productive.

I was never a doodler. I had never felt a drive to draw… Actually when I was a kid, I really hated art classes. My father was a kind of a Sunday painter and he liked to draw and do water colors. So, I would bring him my assignment and he would do them for me, because it was easy for him to do.

I don’t know what it was like in the ’80s. I don’t really even know what it was like in the ’90s, because I was broke and wasn’t selling any art. I was in a few group shows, but I didn’t have a gallery until 2006.

I didn’t even realize that people bought contemporary art . . . that people actually paid for it.