"Daylight Breaks" - Louis Sebastian
Currently incarcerated in Colorado
"I prefer modern art, my favorite painters are Alex Grey, Salvador Dali, Vincent Von Gogh, Egon Schiele, and Jackson Pollock."
9" x 9" / panel | Acrylic on Watercolor paper
🖋 Artist's bio
🖋 Artist's bio
My name is Louis Sebastian and I am currently serving a life sentence for a first degree murder in Colorado. I was interested in art from my teenage years, but I was not able to actualize my interest into producing pieces until I was incarcerated. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA live briefly in Kentucky, and moved to Colorado about 8 years ago. I had never been in trouble before the incident that led me to my arrest, not even a parking ticket. Needless to say, prison has been a very different experience for me. On the outside, I lived what most people would consider a normal and unremarkable life. I am a college graduate. I ran a small business and held a professional job. My hobbies were backpacking, rock climbing, skating, listening to music and growing. On the yard many things have changed for me, but I continue to remain active as I fight my appeal. I prefer modern art, my favorite painters are Alex Grey, Salvador Dali, Vincent Von Gogh, Egon Schiele, and Jackson Pollock. My favorite classical artists are Michelangelo for his unrivaled grasp of the human form and Jan Van Eyck because he was the first person to truly master realism way back in the 1400’s. In prison, I work mainly with watercolor, but I also utilize acrylic and graphite. I produce all of my work on the best quality papers available to us, such as Bristol board, watercolor paper, and well made sketch pads. I don’t feel comfortable asking people to pay for art on printer paper. I produce a wide variety of style and subject matter, but my favorite are: - Watercolor Portraits: Both realism and abstract, but I prefer abstract. I often depict public personalities such as movie stars and musicians. - Abstract Expressionism: Sometimes in watercolor, often in acrylic. I like to create vibrant pieces with electric colors and lots of splatter elements. I frequently create multi-panel abstract pieces such as quadra-tyches and irregular layouts. - Nude Figure Sketching in Graphite: I enjoy sketching in the Renaissance style and prefer to use my fingers instead of shaders. I like figure sketching because it’s a very difficult discipline that hones my drafting abilities. .