Beau is a New Orleans-based photographer and filmmaker whose imagery draws from class struggle and subcultural movements. Born in Hollywood, he is the eighth of ten siblings, and he spent much of his childhood bouncing back and forth between California, Florida and Oklahoma. At 13, he moved out of his mom’s apartment to live on the streets with punks he met on Hollywood Blvd, while skipping school.
Coulon traveled across the country by freight train and lived among a network of derelict squats, punk houses, collectives and DIY art spaces. He first arrived in New Orleans in the mid-90's and found kitchen work in the French Quarter. Beau also worked seasonally as a farmhand in Washington, pouring concrete in Montana, harvesting sugar beets in Minnesota, bookbinding in San Francisco, doing demolition in New York City, and framing art in Tampa Bay. Through these experiences, he developed a perspective informed by decades of working-class struggle and nomadic living.
Although he no longer lives on the road or sleeps rough, his past imbues his visual storytelling. Coulon’s imagery is that of one whose love for his subject matter overwhelms the frame. His work speaks the language of the street and transient Americana, documenting the uncommon in a way that is both sentimental and timeless.
Coulon has shown his work in numerous galleries and art spaces around the U.S., often appearing in group exhibits and benefit shows. He’s had two solo shows: “Marginal Transience,” which opened at ABCO Art Space in Oakland and Nomad gallery in Los Angeles in 2014, and, “Terminal Impermanence,” which opened in L.A. at Makers Mess Studio in 2016. In 2019, he curated, “Nowhere Near,” a group photo show presented in a refurbished boxcar at the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture. Beau has also taken his passion for visual art and narrative into the field of filmmaking, having worked on over 50 productions including music videos, documentaries, feature films and T.V. series. When he’s not collaborating with a film crew, he’s experimenting with a range of analog film media to explore themes of social unrest, liberation, adventure and rebellious humor.