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#70 Where the Photo Meets the Frame: Meet Artist Jefferson Hayman

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“Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.” – Chuck Close

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William Joseph McCloskey's 1890 trompe l'oeil still life “Oranges in Tissue Paper”

William Joseph McCloskey's 1890 trompe l'oeil still life “Oranges in Tissue Paper”


Robert Frank - Pedestrian Crossing Center White Line on 34th Street, NY, 1948.

The version I am more familiar with…

The version I am more familiar with…

From The Metropolitan Museum of Art and  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

From The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Together, by Jefferson Hayman

Together, by Jefferson Hayman

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INSPIRATION

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” ― Chuck Close


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