“I have always said, “that my most important goal as an artist is to make profound aesthetic art statements that are ethnically rooted and at the same time arouse the spiritual emotions in the viewers. I want to tell stories in my art that mirrors the Black Experience, but in a way that is uniquely mine. I want to create an art language that is uniquely ”Bibbs” that will take the viewer on a unique journey into a different experience.” Charles Bibbs, Artist
Tagline: Give yourself and your work a Tagline and tell us why.
My goal as an artist is to make profound artistic statements that are ethnically rooted and arouse spiritual emotions in the viewers.
Rest: How do you spend your time off?
I like to get my hands dirty. Working in the yard brings me a peace of mind. In some cases I will do this prior to settling down to create. My wife and I like to go to unique places to eat or to socialize with friends and relatives.
Influence: How do you hope to affect your audience?
I want to tell stories with my art that mirrors the African American experience in a way that is uniquely mine.
Back: If you could go Back and choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a part of, which would you choose?
The Harlem Renaissance.
Energy: What fires you up?
Whenever I see something new and inspiring in the arts. Whenever I finish a work of art, it’s a time to celebrate. I may indulge in a libation or break out in a dance.
Los Angeles: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles and why?
Leimert Park is where I can connect with my L.A. roots and culture.
Advice: What is the best Advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?
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.
Aura: How would you describe your Aura, style, etc.?
I really don’t know what my style is. It can change at any time, in order to achieve a desired effect. I would rather leave that to the critics.
Room: Where in your home do you work? If not in your home, where do you feel most compelled to create?
I have two rooms to work in at my home. Each room provides a unique arrangement, so it really depends on the artistic task at hand. Therefore, I have no favorites.
Tools: What Tools do you prefer to work with, physically and otherwise?
My tools are many, ranging from a fine pointed mechanical pen to a wide paint brush. The preference depends on my desired effect or outcome.
Indulgence: What is your favorite Indulgence? Do you cook? What is your specialty meal? What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?
I don’t cook, but I love to eat good food. I am very fortunate because my wife is an excellent cook. One unique thing about her is, that she loves to experiment and try new things. There is never a dull moment when it comes to eating. My favorite place to eat in LA is Rock Sugar.
Special: Who or what holds a Special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process?
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.
Time: What is your all-time favorite piece of art that you created and why?
Back in 1968 after two years of college, I learned the history of my people and culture. Things that I didn’t learn in high school. In tribute to that, I did a silk screen called “My Name Is Black.”
Jewel Diamond Taylor interviews Charles Bibbs
Read more about Charles Bibbs and his art:
ART TODAY 041518 Charles Bibbs is in the House! As Artist of the Week + a short video with Synthia SAINT JAMES
I have always said, “that my most important goal as an artist is to make profound aesthetic art statements that are ethnically rooted and at the same time arouse the spiritual emotions in the viewers. I want to tell stories in my art that mirrors the Black Experience, but in a way that is uniquely mine. I want to create an art language that is uniquely ”Bibbs” that will take the viewer on a unique journey into a different experience.” Charles Bibbs
ART TODAY 021718 “My hope is to uplift, educate and to bring joy and serenity to my audience through my paintings.” Synthia SAINT JAMES
Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books, several poetry and affirmation books, a cookbook, a play, a monologue, and the autobiographical book titled Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing (which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in 2012).
Synthia SAINT JAMES’ art and celebrity have been utilized in numerous promotional campaigns for such companies as Royal Caribbean International, Johnson & Johnson’s Ambi, Liberty Mutual, Seagram’s, Union Bank of California, Washington Mutual Bank, Maybelline, Kayser-Roth, Coca Cola USA, Essence Communications, Barnes and Noble, and AARP (a painting design for a Metro Rail Train).