When Irwin initially joined Ferus—the reason he left Landau in the first place—he was animated principally by ambition. He was fiercely competitive man: he wanted to be the best goddamn abstract expressionist on the block.

Something happened, though, over the next several years. He got hooked on what he was doing: curiosity came to supersede ambition as his principle motivation. It has stayed that way ever since.

Curiosity came to supersede ambition
Ross Zurowski