‘When I started forty years ago it was very, very difficult to get good papers or good colours and they were very expensive; I used to travel a little bit to the States or New York or Miami or Madrid and would buy things there. I am a compulsive shopper of art materials: papers and watercolours, I have twenty or thirty new boxes of watercolours that I know I will never use in my life and I’m still buying more. And paper, I can’t stop buying paper; and notebooks. Every time I travel, I say ‘no more notebooks please’ but when I see one that I like, I say: ‘Oh this one is beautiful’. But… if I like it so much, maybe I have to buy more than one, and maybe more than two – no no, it’s horrible! So I buy things and things and things and colours and markers and brushes. I have like a depot! [laughing] In Madrid there are really good paper shops and watercolour shops, and in New York, you can imagine…’
— José Antonio Suárez Londoño, ‘Conversation Between José Antonio Suárez Londoño and Ketty Gottardo’ in Always Drawing: José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Works on Paper, 1997-2018, London: Ordovas, 2019, pp. 15-16.