This image gallery brings together my 100 favourite pieces of graffiti from 2015. From a long list of about 800, I created a ‘short’ list of 250 which I painstakingly trimmed down to the 100 seen below. It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it is impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from my very favourite writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 100 pieces!). 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.
Cette galerie-photo présente mes 100 pièces de graffiti préférées de 2015. Une première sélection de 800 a servi à produire une liste ‘courte’ de 250 que j’ai graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, réduite aux 100 pièces présentées ci-dessous. C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je ne suis pas en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par mes artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à tricher et inclure quelques pièces de plus!). Bien sur cette liste a 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.
123Klan in Petite-Patrie (the pair count as one entry). 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” Akim Algue turned this room inside the abandoned Transco into a 203 Crew ballroom. Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. The ‘wabbits’ seen above are by Starkey. Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Starkey‘s ‘wabbits’ remain 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 Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post 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. See the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post for some figurative work by this artist. Crane has left an impressive body of work in 2015, but this piece and the next one are the two by him that did it the most for me in 2015. 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. EK7 deconstructed at the limit of abstraction, but still in complete control of the space being used; from the abandoned Transco. 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 Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post for the Apok material. Eskro from the abandoned Transco. Ewol‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn. Ewol in Rosemont. Fleo (left), Cens (right) and Cassandra Leigh D combo in Old Montreal. 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 Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post. Fleo under one of our city’s expressways. Fleo on the opposite side of the above piece. Fone from a Spring HSP/SIK jam in Ahuntsic. 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. Havok found in Rosemont. Hoacs left in Montreal during his stay 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 Jmoe (see Legal below). Janek has really had a great year as far as I’m concerned. This great piece is from the abandoned Transco. Janek, this time at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Janek again, this time in Rosemont. Kemr aka Kems never disappoints, but this one in Petite-Patrie is among my favourites of the year. Kemr/Kems masterpiece in Petite-Patrie. Spraycan next to him is by John Kaye. Kemr/Kems erupting at the abandoned “Jailspot”. Korb from the abandoned Transco. Korb, this one at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Kwun has been particularly active in the last quarter of the year. Of the ones I have been able to catch, this piece found in Rosemont is my favourite. Legal‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn. To his right is Jmoe (see Jaker above). Looter left in Montreal during his stay 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. See above under ‘Ekes’ for another collaboration between these two. Lyfer from the abandoned Transco. This artist amazes me by the number of ways he is able to reinvent his style. It was particularly difficult to narrow down his best work of 2015. See above under ‘Acek’ and ‘Ekes’ for more by him. Mirabolle (centre) and Kub (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen, but somehow it worked. Naimo in 2015, but it may also extend to his work from previous years as well. Judging on how long it remains untouched at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen (notorious for petty tagging and toying), I suppose others love it just as much as I do. 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. Narc (top) representing the Crazy Apes crew on Shok‘s turf in Ahuntsic; the pair count as one entry Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Royal in Rosemont. abandoned Transco to represent Pask in this year-end list (out of many possible contenders) because it is the most playful one I found by him this year. 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. Rouks floating into space at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Rouks in Rosemont again. Don’t get distracted by the woman and miss out on the brilliant dragon. Rouks from the abandoned Transco because of its unique letters/figure composition which makes it stand out from most of his repertoire in 2015. Scaner set Rosemont on fire. Scaner was unfortunately well hidden and seen by very few. Scaner in Rosemont. Scaner in Petite-Patrie. Scribe stands out from the ugly grey wall behind it is mindblowing. Scribe shining out of the darkness on a Rosemont wall. Sewer representing the HSP crew in Rosemont. Shok (top) and Tuna (bottom) from the abandoned Transco count as one entry. There is more by Shok under ‘Narc’ above in this list. Skizo in Rosemont. Skizo in Rosemont. Miow (left) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. 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. Skor‘s contribution to this summer Lachine graffiti Jam. Seen beneath him is Smak. Skor blasting Ahuntsic into space. AG Crew, on a Plateau End wall curated by 123Klan. 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 Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post. Stare. Wonez in Rosemont. Wonez in Rosemont. YesB left us this one inside the abandoned Transco whilst in Montreal this summer. Yesir going for gold. Zek is constantly brilliant, but this one made the list because it was well hidden and could do with a bit more exposure. Zek‘s contribution to an early summer jam with the 123Klan. Zek left at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen in 2015. Check out also the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post for more by Zek.