“An expression of a Black Woman in her relationship to an object as an umbrella for a fashion statement.” The birds in her dress represent Grace and Beauty”
TribeLA Magazine: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles and why?
Charles Bibbs: Leimert Park is where I can connect with my L.A. roots and culture.
TribeLA Magazine: What is the best Advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?
Charles Bibbs: The best advices I received, is to never forget where you came from and be unique. The best advice I can give, is the same advice I received.
TribeLA Magazine: Who or what holds a Special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process?
Charles Bibbs: My wife and family of relatives, artist peers, personal friends and my art collectors. All these people represent and hold the keys to my artistic legacy.
As a strong supporter of the arts community, Charles Bibbs has served on several Boards for museums, galleries, and has worked on many local and national fundraising art projects. In 2016, Charles co-curated the Visual Voice Art Exhibition held at Riverside Art Museum. The exhibition featured Southern California African American artists from the Black art scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s from Influential Masters to Independent Trendsetters. The Visual Voice exhibition was also in conjunction with the Association of African American Museums Conference in Riverside, California.
In his 47 years as an artist, Bibbs has received over 100 recognitions and awards for his art and philanthropic spirit, including the “Key to the City” awards in 7 major cities across the United States. His Work has been widely featured in films, such as the “The Secret Life of Bees” (he created the ‘Black Madonna’ subject for this movie), television, books and CD covers, including six cover designs for the Urban Knight Collection that features legendary musicians Ramsey Lewis and Grover Washington.