Amy Sherald is a portrait artist and painter from the United States.
Best Amy Sherald Quotes
There’s not enough images of us. ~ Amy Sherald.
I thought I was going to die when I was 39. ~ Amy Sherald.
I wanted to be in museums. I don’t do things to be small. ~ Amy Sherald.
I paint paintings of people. ~ Amy Sherald.
To be human is to be visible. ~ Amy Sherald.
I want my portraits to create a space where blackness can breathe. ~ Amy Sherald.
When people ask me about color in my work, I tend to say that it came from spending a lot of time in Panama. ~ Amy Sherald.
It’s hard for me to find people to paint. There has got to be something about them that only I can see. ~ Amy Sherald.
I don’t think my successes would’ve come to me as easily, had I not committed to making the work in such a way that made me uncomfortable. ~ Amy Sherald.
I don’t think anybody can create in a space where they don’t feel comfortable. ~ Amy Sherald.
When I started school, I would draw pictures at the end of my sentences: a house, a flower, a tree, a bird. Whatever was in the sentence, I’d draw it. ~ Amy Sherald.
When I found photography, I found this other kind of portraiture of black families and black people who were photographing themselves or having themselves photographed in ways they wanted to be seen. ~ Amy Sherald.
Signing autographs is weird. I’m an introvert, so it’s been a strain in that way. ~ Amy Sherald.
Top Amy Sherald Quotes
Imagination allows you to bend the rules of the temporal world. ~ Amy Sherald.
I paint American people, and I tell American stories through the paintings I create. ~ Amy Sherald.
I was at all-white schools from kindergarten to twelfth grade, so I wanted to feel what it was like just to be me and not, like, Black Amy. ~ Amy Sherald.
Michelle Obama is extraordinary, but she is also the kind of woman that exists in a way that is – she’s a hundred percent relatable to all kinds of people, all genders all around the world. ~ Amy Sherald.
You can look at a lot of works done by black artists and see that we are trying to reimagine ourselves and identity. ~ Amy Sherald.
Art was not a thing for my family and is still not a thing for my family. My family will not go to a museum unless I say we have to go there. That’s why I really feel like it was something I was supposed to do because there was no directive that pushed me in that direction. ~ Amy Sherald.
Why can’t I make up my own characters and paint the people I want to see in the world? I’m depicting the many people who existed in history but whose presence was never documented. ~ Amy Sherald.
Success, for me, is staying true to who you are and not deviating off a path. ~ Amy Sherald.
I paint as a way of looking for myself in the world. ~ Amy Sherald.
My approach to portraiture is conceptual. ~ Amy Sherald.
Becoming an artist is not empirical; it’s not about hard work. You have to put the work in, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to make it. ~ Amy Sherald.
Famous Amy Sherald Quotes
In sociology, they call it ‘code switching.’ I can feel just as comfortable in a room full of people who don’t look like me because I understand the social cues of class and race. ~ Amy Sherald.
I’ve forgotten a lot of things. I’ve forgotten how to play the piano and how to speak Arabic, though I studied it for two years. ~ Amy Sherald.
I grew up in Georgia, and my mom would tell me how to perform and act. So I learned to repress a lot of myself so that other people would feel comfortable. ~ Amy Sherald.
Self-narration is something that we didn’t, as black people, have the opportunity for. Filling up that cultural space for me has become really important. ~ Amy Sherald.
I am relieved that I can pay back my school loans. ~ Amy Sherald.
I’m painting the paintings that I want to see in museums. And I’m hopefully presenting them in a way that’s universal enough that they become representative of something different than just a black body on a canvas. ~ Amy Sherald.
The people I choose as models have a quality that seems to contain the past, the present, and the future all at once. It’s hard to explain. I can look at 100 people in a room but only find it in one person. ~ Amy Sherald.
When I’m painting and in the zone, it’s difficult for me to stop. It can take me half a day to get into that space, and once I do, I only talk to a certain few people who won’t disrupt it. Home to sleep and back at it, nothing else outside of getting food. Everything else is an annoyance getting in my way. ~ Amy Sherald.
My father wanted me to be a dentist like him, or any doctor, really. There was this attitude of, ‘The civil rights movement was not about you being an artist.’ ~ Amy Sherald.
The one artist who actually had influence over me was Bo Bartlett. ~ Amy Sherald.
I want all types of people to look at my work and see themselves, just like I watch a Reese Witherspoon movie as a black woman and can empathize with her because we have had to internalize whiteness in that way to survive. ~ Amy Sherald.
I probably shouldn’t curse as much as I do. ~ Amy Sherald.
Popular Amy Sherald Quotes
I’m not a very verbal person. ~ Amy Sherald.
My brother dying changed me. I didn’t realize how strong I was until I lost my brother. ~ Amy Sherald.
I blacked out in a Rite Aid. The doctor told me my heart function was at 5 percent. I spent two months in the hospital waiting to have a transplant. For me, that was the end of the world. ~ Amy Sherald.
Once my paintings are complete, the model no longer lives in the painting as themselves. I see something bigger, more symbolic – an archetype. ~ Amy Sherald.
A lot of the artists that people equate my work to, I didn’t find out about until after graduate school. ~ Amy Sherald.
Art class was my safe haven. ~ Amy Sherald.
Just because someone said painting is dead doesn’t mean that it’s a fact or the truth – painting is the soul food of art, in a way. ~ Amy Sherald.
My mother was willing to support art as a summer program for me. She never supported it as a career decision until I won the National Gallery Portrait Competition. ~ Amy Sherald.
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