Lyfer

Lyfer from the 203 crew is known to do some canvas/gallery art, but streetwise is he strictly a graffiti artist. In my opinion he is one of the best writers of his generation. He constantly reinvents himself and doesn’t stick to only one style of writing. He explores, experiments and often surprises. Not only is he very talented, but he is also incredibly prolific. To give you an idea of the size of his body of work, know that the gallery below, despite being quite extensive, only features a fraction of the work Lyfer has left in our streets, alleys and abandoned spaces over the past few years.

For more photos than what is featured here, or if you are curious about his studio work, check out his Instagram and Tumblr pages.

Lyfer, du crew 203, pratique la peinture sur canevas, mais dans la rue il ne fait que du graffiti. A mon avis il est un des meilleurs graffeurs de sa génération. Une de ses forces est de savoir toujours se réinventer et de ne pas se limiter à un seul style. Il aime explorer, expérimenter et surprendre. Il n’est pas que très talentueux, il est aussi très prolifique. Pour donner une idée de sa présence dans nos rues, ruelles et espaces abandonnés, sachez que la galerie-photo ci-dessous, bien que très garnie, ne présente qu’une fraction de ce que l’artiste a créé au cours des dernières années.

Pour en voir plus que ce que je présente ci-dessous, ou si vous êtes interéssé par son travail en studio, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Instagram et Tumblr.


graffiti

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, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai photographiée.

Off-Mural Festival 2017 work by Ekes (top) and Lyfer (ground level) in a Plateau alley.

Lyfer (left) with Ekes (right) from a 203 jam around a Plateau block.

Lyfer (top) with Nstor (ground level) from a 203 jam around a Plateau block.

Lyfer alone near the above two pieces.

In Rosemont.

In rural Montreal.

Winter production far from civilization and the usual spots (but still in Montreal!).

On the roof of an abandoned building in Hochelaga.

Inside an abandoned building in Hochelaga.

Lyfer (letters) and Awe (back) on truck done during the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival.

Lyfer (top) and Ekes (bottom) in Hochelaga.

In an abandoned place.

For the Plaza Walls event in Petite-Patrie.

Lyfer’s part in the 2016 Amalgam Festival in Sherbrooke.

The 203 crew wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold.

Lyfer (bottom) and Janek (top) in Hochelaga.

2016 off-muralfest piece in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

In Hochelaga for Ekes’ 2016 birthday bash.

Lyfer on letters and Cryote on character for the 2016 Sun Youth front wall multi-artist production.

On the side of a Plateau carwash.

In Côte-des-Neiges. Lacking a roller, Lyfer splashed paint on the wall to create a background then drew the outline of his letters over it.

Trackside Lyfer.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

In Côte-des-neiges.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

On the abandoned Canada Malting plant.

In a narrow St-Henri alley.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Lyfer (left) and Ekes (right) in the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Beneath a highway in an industrial part of town.

Lyfer (left) and Ekes (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In the abandoned Transco.

Lyfer (left) and Opire (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In an empty lot in the Eastern part of Montreal.

Truck side by Lyfer with the help of Bosny for the rats.

On roof of the abandoned “Jailspot”.

On roof of the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Lyfer and Babar (bottom) with throws and tags by Sneak and Venise above, at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Near the PSC legal graffiti wall. Throws seen above are by Bank and Owk.

In an Hochelaga-Maisonneuve alley.

In the Old Port.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Seen above is a piece by Waxhead.

On an abandoned building in the eastern part of town.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Lyfer’s part from a collaboration with Arose in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Hitem (bottom left), Lyfer (bottom right) and Crane (above) near the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On a wall in Rosemont where graffiti is tolerated.

Next to the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Next to the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

On a semi-official wall in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

In Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Beneath a highway in industrial Montreal.

On a garage wall in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Beneath a highway in an industrial part of town.

In Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

This is presumed to be by Lyfer representing his 203 crew. Other artists around are unidentified.

In an alley in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Inside the Omnipac building on the corner of Van Horne and Parc (now gone).

This multi-artist wall in St-Henri features Lyfer (top) above, from left to right, Cens, Opire (character), Awe, Five Eight and Juice Funk.

In an empty lot in the eastern part of town.

Lyfer (top) and Nybar (below) in an alley in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Deep (left) and Lyfer (right) in an abandoned building.

On a Plateau wall.

In Ville-Marie.

Lyfer (left) and Algue (right) in an empty lot in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Under some bridge.


throws

This section is meant to show throw-ups by Lyfer, but as you can see from the gallery below, the artist rarely contents himself with just a flat outline + fill. There’s almost always a bit of 3D depth given to his outlines.

Le throw est une pièce de graffiti rapide consistant généralement en un simple contour avec une seule couleur de remplissage. Lyfer ne peut se contenter de si peu pour les siens; comme on peut le voir dans la galerie ci-dessous, il ajoute souvent un peu de profondeur à ses pièces rapides en élaborant ses contours.

In an empty lot in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

In Hochelaga.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In NDG.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In Petite-Patrie.

In Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

With Sekel on the abandoned Canada Malting Plant.

Kelen (top) and Lyfer (bottom) inside an abandoned building.

In industrial no-man’s land.

Algue representing the 203 crew (left) and Lyfer (top right) under a bridge.

Beneath highway.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

In empty lot east of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

In abandoned building.

In Parc-Ex.

In NDG.

In industrial Montreal.

In empty lot in Eastern Montreal.

In Little Italy.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In the fashion district.

On Mont-Royal street as part of a street festival.


tags

Lyfer is presumed to have done this little 203 piece next to his tag.


stickers

This is just a selection of all the Lyfer stickers that I have found over the past few years. The majority are sticker-tags, although I have occasionally found more elaborate ones such as the first few specimens shown below.

La gallerie ci-dessous ne présente qu’une sélection de la grande quantité d’autocollants de la main de Lyfer que j’ai trouvés au fil des années. La grande majorité sont à toutes fins pratiques des tags collés. Il m’est arrivé d’en trouver quelques uns plus élaborés, tels que les spécimens figurant en tête de liste ci-dessous.

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