Monk.e

Monk.e logoIn his own words, Monk.e is “…a multi-talented thinker who expresses himself through his paintings, his poetry and his daily actions” (my translation). He his indeed a great communicator who leads two careers in parallel: urban visual artist and hip hop MC with already many albums to his credit. He his mainly known in the streets of Montreal for his community-oriented work often done alongside other members from K6A or for A’Shop. He his mostly recognised for his figurative murals bringing together man and nature, but he also does graffiti deconstructed to near-abstraction.

Even though the image gallery below mostly shows Montreal creations, Monk.e is also very active in the rest of Quebec as well as in many other places around the world such as Mexico, Uganda, Guyana and Kenya. To view his work outside Montreal or for info about his musical career check out his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Monk.e se dit être “…un penseur aux multiples talents qui exprime ses pensées les plus profondes à travers sa peinture, sa poésie et ses actions au quotidien”. Il est effectivement un grand communicateur et mène deux carrières en parallèle, celle d’artiste visuel urbain et celle d’emcee hip hop ayant déjà plusieurs albums à son actif. Il est surtout reconnu dans les rues de Montréal pour ses oeuvres à caractère communautaire, souvent effectuées en tandem avec ses collègues de K6A ou pour A’Shop. Son art balance entre du figuratif très axé sur l’humain et la nature, et du graffiti déconstruit à la limite de l’abstraction.

Bien que la galerie-photo ci-dessous montre surtout des oeuvres crées à Montréal, Monk.e est aussi très actif dans le reste du Québec ainsi qu’à plusieurs autres endroits de par le monde, tel que le Mexique, l’Ouganda, la Guyane et le Kenya. Pour des photos de son travail à l’extérieur de Montréal ou pour de l’information sur sa carrière musicale, jetez un coup d’oeil sur ses pages Facebook et Instagram.


figurative work

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration mural for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

For the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

A’Shop wall featuring Shadow (middle ground level), Zek (above, plus background), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right).

Monk.e (left), Strike (middle) and Flying Eric (right) for A’Shop‘s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop project on the walls of a NDG garage.

For the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival.

The opposite side to the above is a collaboration between Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (around).

At Plaza Walls.

Collaboration with Tiburón at Plaza Walls.

Monk.e’s part in a mural collaboration with Axe and Awe in Ahuntsic.

For the Chemin Vert block party organised by A’Shop.

Monk.e’s part in the 2016 Amalgam Festival in Sherbrooke.

In Petite-Patrie for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

With Ygrek on the left, in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent, done off-Mural Festival 2016.

Parc Laurier container, photo 1/2.

Parc Laurier container, photo 2/2. Top right is a laminate by National Zombi which was integrated by Monk.e into the art instead of being removed.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 1/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 2/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 3/3.

With the help of Smilé/Smilee at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In a Hochelaga alley.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Back of the above container.

In the Plateau.

Truck piece, with Mastrocola in the front half.

The 2015 edition of this Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

On garage door in St-Henri.

Contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Near St-Laurent.

Baldwin pool, Fullum side. For A’Shop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, left half. For A’Shop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, right half. For A’Shop.

In Petite-Patrie.

This is the 2014 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Monk.e on wheels.

In Ahuntsic-Cartierville for A’Shop; photo © Monk.e.

Monk.e did the background for this piece by Chris Dyer / Positive Creations.

Monk.e (left), Scaner (right letters) and Axe Lalime (right character) in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent.

This Hochelaga mural also served as the cover for one of Monk.e’s albums.

Well hidden in St-Henri/Little Burgundy.

In lower Mile-End, view from the street.

Same as above, view from the alley.

In Hochelaga.

This is the 2013 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Collaboration with Clandestinos (Shalak and Bruno Smoky).

In Little Italy for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough. You can view the making of this mural on Youtube.

In the Plateau.

In a Hochelaga back alley, blending in with Mastrocola on the left.

Representing K6A on a city of Montreal building on Marie-Anne.

Same as above, frontal view (click to view bigger).

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

One of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Collaboration with Bonga, Becors, Jotapepax and Shalak on the Plateau.

Collaboration with Bruno Smoky and Shalak in Hochelaga.

Underneath expressway.

Plateau wall from 2007; photo © Monk.e.

Very old piece at a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.


figurative and letters

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Monk.e (left letters and background) and SBU One (figurative material) at the PSC legal graffiti wall

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 1/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 2/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 3/3.

2016 updated version of the Mural Festival wall seen above, with new letters at the bottom.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible at the top is a wheatpaste by Lovebot.

In Hochelaga alley.

Axe (left character and letters) and Monk.e (centre and right) in Hochelaga.


letters

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

From a K6A jam in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

For the 2016 edition of the graffiti jam at the Lachine legal wall.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Monk.e on background letter with Sermob from Mexico on figurative parts.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

In Hochelaga back alley.

In Hochelaga back alley.

Unofficial piece in Rosemont.

In Hochelaga.

‘Deconstructivism’ in Rosemont back alley.

Representing K6A on the Plateau.

This 2002 piece is fading and the wall has been extensively patched, but it is worth showing here because it presumably is Monk.e’s (or perhaps anyone’s!) oldest graffiti still up in this city.


contribution to multi-artist murals

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

K6A wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstiOne (click to zoom).

A’Shop creation on a Plateau school by Bryan Beyung, assisted by Ankh One and Monk.e.

This A’Shop wall on a Verdun high school was designed and created by Zek, with Monk.e as an assistant.

This huge wall from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (bottom left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top), all tied together by Monk.e.

The K6A wall done during the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e as well as Axe, Fleo, Philemon, etc.

The K6A wall done during the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e alongside Fleo, Dodo Ose, Serack, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

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