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Street-Art Styling: Art by Dominic Laporte

A painting of Action Bronson on an abstracted backgroundAction Bronson, (collaboration with Phil Laporte) mixed media on canvas

Our featured artist today is Dominic Laporte! Dominic grew up and lives in Ottawa, Ontario, where he is completing a degree in illustration from Sheridan College. Artistically, Dominic focuses on portraits and human figures, adding abstracted elements and street-art styling that elevate his illustrations to true expressions of personality.


A mixed media illustration of a "movie poster" for Slick Rick's Children's StorySlick Rick's "Children's Story", acrylic, watercolour, pencil crayon, ink, graphite, digital

A screen capture of the front page of Dominic Laporte's websiteThe front page of Dominic's website

I really like Dominic’s 2015 series in which he illustrates popular rap songs, creating movie-poster-esque drawings with numerous figures posed together in a narrative sense. The images seem to simultaneously reference individual music videos and the artist’s own interpretation of the song.


Dominic’s online portfolio is packed with figures and portraits with bright colours and patterns that seem to explode out of them. In a few images, body parts such as lips and hands are duplicated numerous times to bizarre, kaleidoscopic effect. Also available on Dominic’s website are some of his sketchbook pages and “mixed media journals,” all of which offer an inspiring glimpse into the artist’s process. 

An abstracted sketch of a face in black and whiteSketch 13

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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