Art is Music: A Quick Conversation with Artist Daniel Hibbert


Name: Daniel Hibbert

Hometown: Orig: Lansing, Michigan Currently: Brooklyn, NY

Style of Art: Urban Cubism

Art Influences: Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol

Musical Influences: Donny Hathaway, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane

Twitter: @_dhibbert

Instagram: _DHIBBERT 


Why do you think the connection between Art and Music is so strong?

DH: Both are emotional forms of expression, though one appeals to sight and the other to sound. Most of our memories and experiences are recorded in our minds as impressions of what we saw or heard at a point in time.

As an artist, whether visual or musical, you hope to connect to those impressions and the emotions they trigger.  To me, pairing art and music together creates a very natural emotional experience for the viewer/listener that is similar to the way we experience life – with both sight and sound.

dh1(“The Joy” – Inspired by Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “The Joy” ft. Curtis Mayfield “The Makings of You” – painting by Daniel Hibbert)

What inspires your creativity as an Artist?

DH: Music, life, relationships. Three things that are constant in my life.  I love music, partly because it is an expression of my latter two inspirations.  I listen to everything from jazz to hip-hop to opera; I’m never short on musical inspiration.

Life and relationships are two things that no one can live without and the older we get, the more memories of them we have to draw from. I guess that is why I feel like the older I get, the more creative I become.

dh5(“There Was A Time” – Inspired by James Brown’s “There Was A Time”– painting by Daniel Hibbert)

What do you want people to take away from your work that will see it for the first time in this interview?

DH: I want people to take away the depth in my work, the growth, and the expression. Every piece is inspired by a unique moment – a place in time where I had a particular feeling or thought.

I want people to walk away with a feeling, not necessarily the same feeling I had when I created the piece, but a unique feeling that was authentic to them when they first saw it – hopefully one that lasts beyond the initial viewing.

dh4(“Sing About Me” – Inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me”– painting by Daniel Hibbert)

If you could go back and do one thing over as it pertains to your work as an Artist, what would it be and why?

DH: That’s a tough question because I’m not a big believer in changing things.  I believe that every experience we have is for a reason; however, if I had to choose an alternate path I would never have stopped painting after high school.

I would have continued working on my craft through college.  It’s possible I would be in a very different place now, or maybe not – who knows.  I like where I am now though, wouldn’t change much.

DH9(One of Daniel’s Sketches From his Sophomore Year of High School)  

What do you think your secret weapon is as an Artist? What do you think that “thing” is that makes your work stand out? 

DH: I think what makes my art stand out is the combination of different themes which people are familiar with, but only in isolation.  For instance, I’m a cubist, which is associated by most with dark colors and the early 1900s, but my work includes bright, contrasting colors with modern/urban themes.

I also think the visual expressions I do of familiar songs links art to music in a way that can be universally experienced and appreciated by all.  Through my art, an older person can grow an appreciation for Jay Z while a younger person grows an appreciation for John Coltrane at the same time.

dh2(“Oh What A Feeling” – Inspired by Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby”– painting by Daniel Hibbert)

dh3(“Chaining Day” – Inspired by J. Cole’s “Chaining Day”– painting by Daniel Hibbert)



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