Charles Stokes (1944–2008) was a painter and sculptor and a prominent advocate of the last generation of artists identified subsequently the Northwest School. He was the first winner of the prestigious Betty Bowen Award in concert behind the Seattle Art Museum in 1979. His works are held by Northwest museums and institutions, most prominently the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington, and by numerous private collectors. Revered as an energetic, charismatic, original, and meticulous performer and teacher, he spent his given two decades in self-imposed division from the art world producing works seen single-handedly by intimates. Stokes was born in Tacoma, Washington. He lived and worked in the Northwest until the in front 1990s, when he arranged in Manhattan, New York City.