Dan, who planted his roots in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, is a financial consultant by day and multi-disciplinary artist by night who uses music, film and poetry as inspiration to tell stories through color and texture.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Dan Hibbert, I’m a painter and I have a studio here at Rockella.
Is this your first workspace?
This is my second workspace. But I live in Bedstuy, Brooklyn so it’s closer to home and allows me to be more creative.
Have you gotten a chance to network with others in the building?
Not yet, but it’s something I’m really looking forward to. I moved in during the COVID-19 pandemic, so that inhibited me a little from being more social.
Tell me a little bit more about your art.
I draw inspiration from other forms of art like music, poetry and film. I do a visual interpretation of what I saw in my head when I read that piece or heard that piece. I also draw inspiration from general concepts, like societal problems–anything that can generate an emotional reaction. It’s mainly through painting but I paint with anything I can get my hands on, like acrylic, oil or pastels. Sometimes I also use found items like wood and leather to create images.
You’ve said that you also work in finance. What are your goals professionally?
I lead business transformation at an investment bank. So, I do organizational design, change management and transformation for finance. But I also see myself in equal parts, left and right brain. So, anytime I’m able to do both strategy and art at the same time that’s when I’m at my happiest.
Which of your works are you most proud of?
The God’s Trombones series. It was a 7-piece series that was commissioned by the James Welling Johnson Foundation. James Welling Johnson was a pre-Harlem renaissance writer, and the foundation commissioned me to a 7-piece series based on a book of poetry he wrote in the early 1900’s. That’s what I’m most proud of because it challenged me as an artist.
What are three words that describe the mood or vibe of your work?
Vibrant, Thoughtful and Expressive.