Retrospective of 2015 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 100 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2015. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de graffiti produites en 2015 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2015 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Rétrospective 2015 murales et autre street art peint
Rétrospective 2015 street art collé


Above two: Scien (top) and Klor (bottom) from 123Klan in Petite-Patrie (the pair count as one entry).

Above two: Acek (top) and Lyfer (bottom) from the abandoned Transco; the pair count as one entry.

Aces from the abandoned Transco.

Aces at the abandoned “Jailspot”

Akimin the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Algue turned this room inside the abandoned Transco into a 203 Crew ballroom.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

An anti-extremism piece by Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Starkey‘s ‘wabbits’ are visible above.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Astro in Rosemont. It’s hard to decide whether some of Astro’s work is more graffiti or figurative. Therefore, see the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by this artist.

Bosny at the PSC legal graffiti wall, making sure the artform of graffiti keeps evolving and doesn’t stagnate and become boring.

Bosny doing Five Eight‘s name as part of an exchange in Rosemont. Pask was also involved in this exchange, see all of it in this earlier post.

Bosny apparently having trouble with the tracking of his VCR; from the abandoned Transco.

Cens in the abandoned Kabane 77. Scroll down to ‘Fleo’ for more by Cens, and see the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for some figurative work by this artist.

Crane in Rosemont.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Debza in Rosemont. The four pieces of his making this year-end list show the diversity of styles and originality that this impressive artist is capable of.

Debza in Rosemont. This one seems to have been influenced by his time in Japan.

Debza in the abandoned Transco.

Debza in Rosemont.

EK Sept deconstructed at the limit of abstraction, but still in complete control of the space being used; from the abandoned Transco.

Above two: Ekes (top) and Lyfer (bottom) shining out of a dark basement in the abandoned Transco. This pair counts as one entry. There is more Ekes and Lyfer below under ‘Lyfer’ and more Lyfer above with Acek.

Ekler at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Eskro from the abandoned Transco. This artist really came out strongly in the second half of 2015, often in combo with Apok who is also from the Astred Collective. See the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for the Apok material.

One more by Eskro from the abandoned Transco.

Ewol‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn.

Another one by Ewol in Rosemont.

Montreal graffiti pioneer Fuser doing it old school in Rosemont.

Fleo (left), Cens (right) and Cassandra Leigh D aka Snikr (character) in Old Montreal.

Mindblowing truck side by Fleo done during the late summer’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival. Figurative truck side art by other artists can be seen in the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art.

Fleo under one of our city’s expressways.

Fleo on the opposite side of the above pillar.

F.One from a Spring HSP/SIK jam in Ahuntsic.

This one by Geser just stands out from a wall in Petite-Patrie.

Haks at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Haks‘ contribution to this summer’s Lachine graffiti Jam. Also visible beneath his piece is one by Ozax.

Haks‘ contribution to this year’s edition of Under Pressure.

A very clean and effective one by Havok found in Rosemont.

This is one of the few pieces Hoacs left in Montreal during his spraycation here.

Jaber‘s contribution to this year’s edition of Under Pressure.

Jaker‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn. To his left is a character by Jmoe.

This great piece by Janek is from the abandoned Transco.

Another one by Janek, this time at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Janek again, this time in Rosemont.

Kemr aka Kems never disappoints. This one is in Petite-Patrie.

Another Kemr/Kems masterpiece in Petite-Patrie. Spraycan next to him is by John Kaye.

Kemr/Kems erupting at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Korb in the abandoned Transco.

Another one by Korb, this one at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Kwun has been particularly active in the last quarter of the year. This piece was found in Rosemont.

Legal‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn. To his right is a character by Jmoe.

This is one of the few pieces Looter left in Montreal during his spraycation here.

Lyfer and Ekes at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. My only regret is not having had a chance to get a better frontal shot of this. Scroll up to ‘Ekes’ for another collaboration between these two.

Lyfer in the abandoned Transco. Scroll up to ‘Acek’ and ‘Ekes’ for more by him.

A combo of Wisar (left), Mirabolle (centre) and Kub (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Naimo at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Naimo again, this time near the PSC legal graffiti wall. Throwies above by Bank and Owk from the VC crew are from before 2015.

Narc in Rosemont.

Above two: Narc (top) and Shok in Ahuntsic; the pair count as one entry.

Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Omar aka Royal in Rosemont.

One of Otek’s train pieces done early in the year.

Pask in the abandoned Transco.

Past at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Ratek in Rosemont.

Rouks is one of those multi-faceted artists who excel at doing both figurative and letters. This one was found in Rosemont.

Rouks floating into space at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rouks in Rosemont again.

Rouks in the abandoned Transco.

This one by Scaner set Rosemont on fire.

This masterpiece by Scaner was unfortunately well hidden and seen by very few.

Some electric blue chrome by Scaner in Rosemont.

Summer rooftop Scaner in Petite-Patrie.

Scribe in Rosemont.

Scribe shining out of the darkness on a Rosemont wall.

Sewer representing the HSP crew in Rosemont.

The above two pieces by Shok (top) and Tuna (bottom) from the abandoned Transco count as one entry. There is more by Shok under ‘Narc’ higher up in this list.

Skizo in Rosemont.

Another one by Skizo in Rosemont.

Skope (right) and Miow (left) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

It was difficult to narrow down Skor‘s impressive input in 2015 to the four ones making this list. It was a nobrainer however when it came to the one above from the abandoned “Jailspot”, it had to make the list.

Skor contributed this piece to this autumn’s unofficial ‘Silver Beach’ jam which he actually curated.

This is Skor‘s contribution to this summer Lachine graffiti Jam. Seen beneath him is Smak.

Skor blasting Ahuntsic into space.

Snipe from the AG Crew, on a Plateau End wall curated by the 123 Klan.

Snok on the rooftop of the abandoned Transco.

Sober in Rosemont.

SP One in Petite-Patrie, at the invitation of the AG Crew I believe.

Stare shines electric at the Eastern end of the Plateau. There is so much happening in there, click on image to see in full size and appreciate details.

Stare heating up early Spring in Rosemont.

Stare did this truck side during the late summer’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival. Figurative truck side art by other artists can be seen in the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art.

Some rooftop brilliance by Stare in Petite-Patrie.

Wonez in Rosemont.

More Wonez in Rosemont.

YesB left us this one inside the abandoned Transco whilst in Montreal this summer.

Yesir going for gold at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Zek in a semi-private spot.

Zek‘s contribution to an early summer jam with the 123 Klan.

One of the few pieces Zek left at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen in 2015. Check out also the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Zek.

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