If you don't like grand bohemian style, taxidermy, or a peek into the private home of an extraordinary artist of our time, move on now.
Everyone else, here we go on a very unique and beautiful house tour, that starts at the outside of this very humble looking house in the North Carolina woods.
My friend Mitchell introduced me to Louis St. Lewis. Louis was in New Orleans for Art For Art's Sake this past weekend. Mitchell called me and said I had to meet Louis, that I would love him and his work, and as usual, Mitchell was correct. He knows I appreciate people who are talented and original bon vivants. Louis St. Lewis is all of this and more.
Entry hall in the home of Louis St. Lewis
First I poured over all the links Mitchell sent me of the art work. The more I delved into the information and the images, the more curious and captivated I became. I wanted to meet the man who created this art and persona.
Delightfully good looking with a beautiful North Carolina accent, Louis is soft spoken in the most beguiling way. Sparks of two kindred spirits meeting went flying.
We chatted for some time, with him taking me to his Facebook page to show me his latest works at a show last month. He also shared photos of his home with me.
Louis inhabits his world that he creates in his art. He is famous for painting images of current day celebrities combining 18th century elements with 21st century modern art. He draws inspiration from 18th century miniature portraits painted on ivory. He has taken the art of portraiture that Andy Warhol started in the 60's and 70's, and made it his own for a new generation.
He is an animal lover, and the animals in the woods come out to dine on the vittles he leaves on the back porch for them daily. It is hard for people to understand that animal lovers often collect taxidermy, and appreciate it as art. Louis is not some wanker hipster being ironic. I hope you can understand the distinction.
Louis is a curious vibrant creator, and his home reflects a vision of an imagined life that is his reality. He makes his own baroque crystal chandeliers fashioned from wire.
And all the while, he is living his artful lifestyle, he is creating incredible pieces of art. He has works in The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and in The New Orleans Museum of Art.
Andre Leon Talley of VOGUE Magazine calls “a Tennessee Williams love-child, demon- wild- child -faun”.
But make no mistake, Louis now 49, has been making and selling art for many years, and he is a gentleman and respected professional.
I'll do a post of his art work for you soon. I hope you enjoyed meeting Louis St. Lewis as much as Mitchell and I did, and that you enjoyed this private tour in the home of an artist.