A portrait of Walter Benjamin painted by artist Mathieu Laca

Behind the Scene: Aborting a Portrait Commission

Walter Benjamin, oil on linen, 48″X42″, 2020 Behind the Scene: Aborting a Portrait CommissionToday, I feel like shit. I learned yesterday that the portrait of Walter Benjamin I’ve been painting is being refused by the people who commissioned it.

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Mathieu Laca interviewed in L'Artist Magazine in March 2020

INTERVIEW: L’Artis Magazine

​ INTERVIEW: L’Artis MagazineA few weeks ago, I was visited in my studio by the people behind L’Artis magazine. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. – An Antidote for Hate

Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King (diptych), oil on linen, 60″ X 144″, 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. – An Antidote for HateThis week, I found myself asking myself: if art had an antidote for hate, what would it be? As always, I thought of Martin Luther King Jr.

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A painting of Alfred and Georgia by artist Mathieu Laca

United in Portraiture — A Love Story

Georgia O’Keeffe / Alfred Stieglitz, oil on linen, 30″X24″ each, 2019/2018 United in Portraiture — A Love StoryThe diptych that reinforced my belief in the profound link between romance and portraiture.

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A portrait of contemporary American composer John Adams painted by artist Mathieu Laca

A Letter to My Favorite Contemporary Composer, John Adams

John Adams, oil on linen, 42X48″, 2018 A Letter to My Favorite Contemporary Composer, John AdamsPainting American composer John Adams was an intensely personal experience for me. Here’s the letter I sent Adams to express my love for his work.

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mathieu laca color

Fluo Colors – The Secret Behind the Vibrancy of My Upcoming Paintings

[In Progress] Clara and Robert Schumann, 2019 Fluo Colors – The Secret Behind the Vibrancy of My Upcoming PaintingsLately, I’ve been dabbling in fluo color washes. As a painter known for my very toned-down palette, it may seem like a radical shift. It’s not.

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Paintings of Jacques Derrida and a fictional cat - staring at each other eternally

The Animal That Therefore I Am: Jacques Derrida and His Cat

Jacques Derrida, oil on linen, 24X20″, 2017 | Cat, oil on linen, 24X20″, 2017 The Animal That Therefore I Am: Jacques Derrida and His CatWe are who we think we are. But we are also who other people think we are.

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A painting of Marc Séguin paired with an abstract painting representing his style

“Dear Painters”: My Love Letter to Quebec Artists

Marc Séguin, oil on linen, 16×32″, 2018 “Dear Painters”: My Love Letter to Quebec ArtistsThe story behind a 2018 series I painted in tribute to the Quebec artists who shaped me – Marc Séguin, Charles Daudelin (sculptor), Betty Goodwin, Marcel Barbeau, and more.

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Meeting a pantheon of the greatest painters in Francis Bacon's studio.

7 Reece Mews: Meeting a Pantheon of Painters in Francis Bacon’s Studio

7 Reece Mews (Cézanne, Francis Bacon, Giacometti and Rembrandt), oil on linen, 67”X91”, 2017 7 Reece Mews: A Mystical Meeting of Painters in Francis Bacon’s StudioIn this transcendent scene, I visit Francis Bacon’s studio to look in on an imagined meeting between a pantheon of familiar faces.

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Nietzsche's madness crisis when meeting a horse depicted in painting.

The Turin Horse – Did Empathy Drive Nietzsche to Madness?

The Turin Horse, oil on linen, 67″X60″, 2018 The Turin Horse – Did Empathy Drive Nietzsche to Madness?In this painting, I depicted The Turin Horse in a somber scene that questions the effects empathy had on the psyche of Friedrich Nietzsche.

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