Charles Stokes (1944–2008) was a painter and sculptor and a prominent aficionado of the last generation of artists identified in the same way as the Northwest School. He was the first winner of the prestigious Betty Bowen Award in concert in the aerate of 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 unchangeable two decades in self-imposed estrangement from the art world producing works seen deserted by intimates. Stokes was born in Tacoma, Washington. He lived and worked in the Northwest until the into the future 1990s, when he decided in Manhattan, New York City.