California based artist Louis Carreon has been commissioned for works all over the world, from wall pieces, to legendary venues like The Viper Room, and even private jets. Louis took some time out to talk to VULKAN about his favourite art pieces, why it’s so important for him to give back to the community and how his experiences in prison and struggling with addiction have shaped his work.

Who are some artists of today that inspire you?

I’m not really into today’s art; I paint for freedom.

Why do you feel your art has resonated with so many people?
I am an open vessel that has a lot of room to grow as a person and a painter, and I’m glad to be growing a collector base and increasing in value. Recognition in this art space isn’t easy but I’m pretty sure that I will hold my place and I keep thanking the stars.

Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve done?
The private jet I painted was pretty cool. It felt like a great step up from where I come from.

You’ve created many pieces and completed many projects that were aimed at giving back to the community in some shape, way, or form, why is this important for you?
[To] be of service is part of my lifestyle and philosophy. I use my platform to give back and pay it forward every time I can.

You’re very vocal about your time in prison and your experience with drugs and alcohol, how has this experience shaped your art? What is different now compared to then?
Now I am sober and I have enough self-love to believe in myself so everything is different. My art is always evolving and it is affected by the light and the dark.

Why was it important to you to be vocal about your past?
If you don’t know where you come from then you will never get to where you want to go.

Any advice for someone going through a similar situation?
Believe in yourself enough to shine and do what drives your passion.

What’s your artistic process like? How do you know when it’s complete?
I paint for freedom, even from myself. I am always changing and evolving so sometimes it is never complete.

For those that don’t know of you, describe your work with 3 words. Free. Honest. Alive.

What would you say is your overall objective or goal as an artist?

Through the freedom of painting, I intend to create an international brand that I can make statements for popular culture, be of service and live my lifestyle.

If you weren’t an artist, where do you think you’d be today?
Like my old man used to say (if your grama had balls she would be your granpa)  J

Where can one purchase your work?
Info@louiscarreon.com, the email for The Drip Factory, my studio, Hamilton Selway Fine Art in LA & Modern Vertes and Galerie Von Vertes in Zurich.

What do you have planned for the future?
The future has no plan. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. I live for the moment and try to make every moment count. Or my future may include fishing in Nicaragua and laying on the beach drinking coconuts.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Keller
INTERVIEW: Alexander Jamall
EDITOR: Jaimee Jakobczak

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