The minimalist movement has taken root in many parts of life, including design, interior decorating, psychology, and economics. Many people have adopted a minimalist mindset to improve their well-being and the well-being of the planet, and this dedication to a minimized life is particularly discernible in art and design.
We’ve collected these minimalist quotes from modern artists who have painted, sculpted, and photographed the meaning of the movement throughout the 20th and 21st century. Coupled with beautiful minimalist images from the Shutterstock collection, let these quotes inspire you to do more with less.
“Don’t ask what the work is. Rather, see what the work does.”
“You shouldn’t be a prisoner of your own ideas.”
“There is a poetic nature to minimalism that is about striking a balance between full and empty.”
Jennie C. Jones
“If I already have a vision, my work is almost done. The rest is a technical problem.”
“I’ve always been interested in using raw, untouched materials rather than transforming a material’s shape or form.”
“I think as time goes on, physics discovers what artists are already painting or doing.”
“What you see is what you see.”
“In drawing, I don’t erase. I believe the original gesture has to be the best.”
“Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.”
“Art cannot solve a political problem – it can only reflect it. If there is a political obstacle to art then we have to remove it.”
“Every time I have had a problem, I have confronted it with the ax of art.”
“Art, like science, is a constant probing of the unknown.”