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Up and Over

Dominic Laporte
Year: 2023
  • Mural
  • Paint
  • Plywood
Status: In Place


This mural, painted on plywood for the 2023 Mural Walk in a style erring on realism, features a stationary bird amongst flowers and leaves, in purples, oranges, and mute pastels contrasting with darker shades.

Artist Statement

The painting I created during the 2023 edition of the Squamish Mural Walk was an ode to the west coast in terms of subject matter, but also an exercise in technique and transparency which I include in a lot of my studio and mural work. The palette is also reminiscent of soft orange/purple sunsets that I’ve experienced on the west coast of Canada in the past.”

Dominic Laporte, an accomplished muralist and illustrator based in Ottawa, Canada, seamlessly blends traditional painting techniques with mixed-media approaches, focusing on themes rooted in the natural world. His recent gallery work explores intricate symbiotic relationships in nature, aiming to bring these narratives to life on large-scale walls.

Over the past decade, Dominic’s mural practice has gained international recognition, shaping Canada’s urban landscapes. His portfolio boasts commissions from prestigious institutions like Canada’s Museum of Science & Technology, Live Nation Canada, and the City of Ottawa Light Rail Transit, among others. He has also participated in renowned mural festivals worldwide, including those in the United States, Romania, and various Canadian cities.

Aligned with his background in traditional painting, Dominic’s dedication to community-driven and accessible art led him to co-found DRIFT, a mural production and public art company in Ottawa. His recent work signifies a stylistic evolution, shifting focus towards natural environments and exploring mutual dependency among species. Dominic’s unique artistic style blends realism and surrealism, prompting viewers to reflect on their relationship with and responsibility toward other species in our shared world.


Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.

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