If only one name is known to even the most casual of Montreal street art followers, it is Omen’s. Not only because he was the most prolific muralist in this city (until he moved away in 2016), but also because his work appealed to a large spectrum of people, from the casual fan to the most hardcore vandal taggers who respect his work and very rarely hit his walls.

Omen has been ‘taking it to the street’ since the late 1990s. He started writing graffiti but eventually moved on to murals and other figurative street art work. His recognizable style quickly garnered the attention of Montrealers. His reputation gradually grew outside of Montreal and he was commissioned to bring his art to many other places in Canada, in the States and the rest of the world.

For more information and for more photos than what appears in the image gallery below, please see his official webpage and his Instagram page. Additional reading: this Art-Facto.Today interview. Recommended viewing: Omen’s TEDx Talk titled “Graffiti is not the problem”.

Si quelqu’un ne connait le nom que d’un artiste street oeuvrant à Montréal, c’est celui d’Omen. Il a acquis cette réputation parce qu’il était un des artistes urbains les plus prolifiques en ville (jusqu’à son départ de Montréal en 2016), mais surtout parce que son oeuvre est d’une qualité exceptionnelle. Son style plait aux amateurs occasionnels autant qu’à ses pairs graffeurs. Même les plus vandales des taggeurs respectent son travail et vandalisent très rarement ses murs.

Suite à ses débuts dans le monde du graff à la fin des années 1990, Omen s’est éventuellement mis aux murales et autres oeuvres figuratives publiques. Il s’est rapidement affirmé comme un des préférés des montréalais. Sa réputation a depuis débordé de Montréal et son art est maintenant ‘affiché’ dans les rues de plusieurs villes canadiennes, américaines et internationales!

Pour plus d’information ou plus de photos que ce qui apparait dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous, jetez un coup d’oeil à son site web officiel et à sa page Instagram. Lecture recommandée: cette entrevue avec Art-Facto.Today. A voir aussi: présentation TEDx par Omen intitulée “Graffiti is not the problem”.

Murals and other painted pieces

In an abandoned warehouse.

For the 2015 VHS – Van Horne Station event.

In the Plateau.

Off-Muralfest2016 piece.

Tribute to Warshaw’s Mrs Levy by on the back wall of where Warshaw used to be.

Portrait of Gaston Miron on a wall of a Montreal Nord school. Bottom part is preemptive damage control by the artist himself.

Contribution to the 2013 edition of the Mural Festival. At the bottom are letter pieces by Omen himself as well as Five Eight in the bottom right corner.

In the Plateau

In Old Montreal.

In Mile End.

In Monkland Village.

In the Plateau (on the same wall as the piece below)

In the Plateau (on the same wall as the piece above)

In a Plateau alley (next to the piece below)

Collaboration with Jess in a Plateau alley (next to the piece above it in this gallery).

Same spot as above, but retouched in the autumn of 2015.

In the Plateau.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In the Plateau.

In Ville St-Laurent (photo © Mu).

In Petite-Patrie.

Omen (woman) and Five Eight (letters) inside an abandoned industrial building in Rosemont.

Omen (face) and Five Eight (letters) inside another abandoned industrial building, this one in the South West.

In Mile End.

Inside the Omnipac building. Photo © Kris Murray 2010.

In the Plateau.

In the Plateau.

Two pieces in the Plateau.

On garage door in Petite-Patrie.

Collaboration with Kashink on door of the abandoned garage on St-Dominique.

In a Mile End alley (photo © Omen).

Collaboration mural with Other in Plateau End.

In Rosemont (pre-damage photo is welcome).

Smaller piece on Cabot x Gilmore walls.

In the Quartier des Spectacles.

In the Quartier des Spectacles, with Vesk in the bottom right corner.

Drawn pieces

In an abandoned warehouse.

In Mile End.

In central Montreal.

In the Plateau.

In Mile End.

Rooftop piece on St-Laurent.




Omen’s part for the Surfaces outdoors expo.

Inside paella pan displayed by restaurant during St-Laurent outdoor events.

Unofficial piece on shutters done during the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

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