Artist Spotlight: Dominique Gauci

She was “discovered” last year by Bianca - and now her art is popping up in Mitch and Mark’s stunning guest bedroom...

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Dominique Gauci the artist behind DG Designs.

How long have you been producing your art?
Maybe four years now? But the business really started to launch and scale up about two years ago.

Where do you draw inspiration from? 
Pinterest is 100% my best friend! I tend to follow trends on Instagram, but Pinterest is my go-to for finding unique imagery that you can’t find anywhere else. I also listen to my followers/audience. I’ll get a lot of DMs asking for me to draw someone or something in particular. I’ve even sent out EDMs asking what my audience would like to see. 

How long does it take you to create a piece?
Totally depends on how complex the piece is. I’ve also gotten faster over the years - but typically 2/3 hours. Sausage Dogs are super easy for me! I can pump one out in an hour and a half! 

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DG Designs Nine-Oh gallery launch.

How would you describe your art? 
I get asked this a lot and I never have the right answer! I usually say, ‘I can’t tell you, but I can show you.’ The reaction is 100 times better. 

How would you describe your personal aesthetic? 
Personally, I am super monochromatic. I like black, white and grey - which is the complete opposite of my artwork! Although, I do tend to have a pop of pink everywhere in my life (nails, wallet, phone cover etc)...

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Dominique pictured with 'Kate Moss' as featured in Mitch and Mark's guest bedroom at the Oslo.

How do you come up with a name for your artwork? 
Oh God, this is the hardest part. Sometimes I can be super lazy, eg. ‘Tupac’… but it makes it so much easier for the customer to find what they want! 

Your art features on The Block this year? How did it come about?
This was such a surprise! I had only had my art in the actual Block Shop store for a week - and it was the last week of filming so I didn’t think my art would have a chance! I’m super excited to have it air, and hope the judges love it as much as I do! 

What does it mean for you to have your art featured on the show?
Having my art on The Block is a huge opportunity for exposure that I don’t think other forms of traditional marketing can offer. I’m super excited to see my brand grow with The Block Shop

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Mitch and Mark's winning guest bedroom staring DG Designs Kate Moss print “what a room,” Shaynna said upon stepping inside. 

Are there any particular artists that inspire you? 
Dina Broadhurst! Obviously our styles are so different, but I’m obsessed with everything she does! 

Where do you like to create your art? 
Has to be at home! I can’t focus if I go into my office - the boys at the office distract me! 

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Michael Klim gives his digital portrait by DG designs the tick of approval. 

Do you have a soundtrack you like to create to? 
No soundtrack, but I usually put on different podcasts. I listen to Melissa Ambrosini, Lewis Howes, Tim Ferriss and Tony Robbins. 

Do you have a favourite Block couple? 
Bianca and Carla

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