Hsix comes from the world of graffiti but, as the image gallery below shows, he is mostly known nowadays for his amazing portraits of real life local heroes and villains. The heroes are generally historical socio-political figures who have had a significant positive impact on our society, while the villains are often present-day politicians, authority figures and other celebrities who have made the news for their reprehensible actions or words.
And it’s in his denunciation of the crooks, hypocrites and liars of this world that Hsix shines the most. The way in which the artist satirises his villains is always clever, but varies in subtlety. In some cases the satire is subtle and clever enough to fly over the heads of most of an ill-informed or uninterested audience. But some not-so-subtle pieces sparked controversy and made the news. And never were those more controversial pieces created with an intention of self-promotion, as they were all done anonymously (the media were always in the dark about the identity of the artist behind those unsigned mural pieces).
Beyond controversy and the causes that motivate his art, Hsix is an amazing portraitist and among the best of the best of Montreal’s urban art scene. He is in fact part of the very select 156 All Starz, an international crew bringing together the best graffiti writers in the world.
The artist has worked under a number of aliases in the past but has now settled solely on the name Hsix. His presence on the internet is therefore rather limited. Check out his Instagram page for a bit more information and lots more pictures of his graffiti and street art work than is presented here.
Hsix vient du monde du graffiti mais, comme on peut le voir dans la gallerie-photo ci-dessous, il est maintenant surtout reconnu pour ses formidables portraits de héros et de vilains locaux. Ses héros sont généralement des personnalités socio-politiques historiques ayant eu un impact positif sur notre société, tandis que ses vilains sont souvent des célébrités, figures d’autorité et politiciens contemporains qui ont fait les manchettes pour leurs actions ou paroles répréhensibles.
Et c’est quand il s’attaque aux corrompus, hypocrites et menteurs de ce monde que Hsix brille le plus. Sa satire est toujours très rusée mais peut varier en subtilité. Elle peut être plutôt subtile et habilement échapper à un auditoire ignorant ou peu intéressé par les causes socio-politiques. Mais elle peut aussi être moins subtile et créer une controverse dans les médias. Il faut préciser ici que l’artiste dans ces situations plus controversées semble avoir toujours agi dans un but de dénonciation et jamais avec une intention d’auto-promotion puisque les oeuvres n’étaient jamais signées (en fait les médias devaient souvent admettre être dans l’ignorance totale quand à l’identité de l’auteur de ces oeuvres controversées).
Au delà de la controverse et des causes qui l’animent, Hsix est un formidable portraitiste et un de nos meilleurs artistes urbains à l’heure actuelle. Il fait d’ailleurs partie du très select collectif 156 All Starz qui regroupe les meilleurs artistes internationaux du monde du graffiti.
L’artiste a travaillé sous quelques pseudonymes avant de s’arrêter sur celui de Hsix. Sa présence sur l’internet est en conséquence plutôt limitée. Jetez un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram pour en apprendre un peu plus et surtout pour voir une plus grande quantité d’oeuvres que celles présentées ici.
Hsix’s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-jam
Hsix’s part in the Scan You Rock
Hsix at Plaza Walls
Hsix’s contribution to the Art Gang
‘s Plaza Walls project depicts Gillian Anderson.
Under Pressure 2016 wall featuring Hsix (bottom left), Monk.e, Sermob, Bryan Beyung and les Hommes de Lettres (top)
For the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival
, Hsix (Roy Dupuis character bottom left), Sermob
(bears), Bryan Beyung
(horse) and les Hommes de Lettres
(top), all tied together by Monk.e
. The choice of Roy Dupuis as a subject and the “Whitewashing Roy” title came from controversial comments made by the latter comedian earlier that year regarding the treatment of native people by white settlers (he stated that the settlers did not mistreat native people as badly as shown in the movie The Revenant). It fit the anti-colonialist theme of that edition of Under Pressure.
Hsix for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival
Contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival
. This was the first of two Hsix murals in 2016 showing Roy Dupuis. See Under Pressure mural above this one for the reason behind the choice of the latter actor as subject.
Hsix in a Plateau alley
Semi-official contribution ahead of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival
. Depicted is Marc Arcand, a character played by Marc Beaupré in television series Série Noire.
Hsix on the wall of a Plateau bookstore
Canadian anti-fascist doctor Norman Bethune on the wall of a Plateau library.
Zek (letters) and Hsix (rest) mural in the Plateau
Plateau mural featuring the input of Zek
on letters, bottom left. The character depicted is Albert Saint-Martin, a local socialist militant from the beginning of the 20th century. The pickles are a nod to the pickle factory formerly found next door.
Zek, Mark Esprit, Hsix, Dcae and Dekor’s joint contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival
Contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival
featuring Hsix (Eric Lapointe and Mars Attacks character), Zek
(central letters), Mark Esprit
(bottom left letters), Dcae and Dekor
Benny Wilding and Hsix on Plateau
This Plateau mural by Benny Wilding
features three depictions of Gilles Duceppe by Hsix.
2017 ad by Hsix for a show by Martin Perizzolo
2017 ad for a show by Martin Perizzolo.
long mural by Zek and Hsix in NDG
and Hsix in NDG, complete wall. See details of the 2 Hsix parts below.
Detail by Hsix of a long wall done in collaboration with Zek in NDG
Hsix detail #1 of the above collaboration with Zek
Detail by Hsix of a long wall done in collaboration with Zek in NDG
Hsix detail #2 of the above collaboration with Zek
Hsix (for Muralité) mural on St-Dominique x Mont-Royal
Mural honouring Lea Roback, produced for Muralité.
Hsix mural on Pie-IX
This mural depicting then chief of police Marc Parent was quickly painted over under pressure from the SPVM. It is shown here as a work-in-progress because it was painted over very quickly after completion and this is the most completed shot I managed to get before it was censored by the police. Needless to say that this mural and its fate also got a lot of attention from the media.
Under Pressure Festival zone 2014 – Hsix and Esprit
Hsix (Ian Lafrenière character) and Mark Esprit
(bottom left letters) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival
Under Pressure Festival Zone 2013 featuring Ether TFB (middle letters), Scaner (bottom letters), Axe (bottom left), Serack (top letters) and H-Six (right)
From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival
: Ether TFB
(middle letters), Scaner
(bottom letters), Axe
(bottom left), Serak
(top letters) and Hsix (Guy Laliberté character).
Hsix in Montreal West
Hsix’s part in a collaboration with Zek in Montreal West (Zek’s part not shown here).
Hsix mural in Hochelaga
Depicting Léo Bureau-Blouin in Hochelaga. This was not done as an honour but as a satire as the latter leader in the 2012 student strikes went on to flip his coat over in order to get into politics.
Hsix in Hochelaga
Much mediatized satire of Guy A.Lepage in Hochelaga. The media tried to figure out for a long time who the artist behind this piece might be. Giraffe by Dcae.
Hsix in Hochelaga (work-in-progress)
This Hochelaga mural shows Normand L’Amour. This is a work-in-progress, it was never completed because the owner objected to having a homosexual on his wall (!).
Sen2 (top left), Logek (bottom left) and Hsix (right) on Cabot graffiti wall
(top left), Logek (bottom left) and Hsix (right) at the Cabot x Gilmore walls
Hsix piece in the Plateau
In negative in the Plateau.
Tribute to Prince Dock in Ahuntsic, by Hsix (Dock), Stare, etc
Hsix contributed to this tribute to Prince Dock by doing Dock. The mural also involves the input of Stare
Zek and Hsix in Hochelaga
(left) and Hsix (right) collaboration in Hochelaga showing Back To The Future’s Michael J.Fox and Crispin Glover.
Zek and Hsix in NDG
(left) and Hsix (right) collaboration in NDG.
Hsix on a Hochelaga wall (mural not completed)
Mr.T, a red-winged blackbird, Darth Vader and an unidentified character on this Hochelaga mural. There used to be a Jean Charest in the middle spot, but it was messed with and painted over.
Hsix from a K6A & friends jam in the South West
From a K6A & friends jam in the South West.
Hsix in St-Henri
Hsix in a Rosemont alley
In a Rosemont alley.
Hsix in Rosemont
Hsix piece on a multi-artist wall in the Plateau
Hsix’s part in a multi-artist wall in the Plateau.
Hsix in the Plateau
Graffiti mural in the Plateau.
Scaner (top) and Hsix (bottom) graffiti in Hochelaga alley
(top) and Hsix (ground) in Hochelaga.
Mono Sourcil (left) and Hsix (right letters) in a Hochelaga back alley
Collaboration with Mono Sourcil
(left character) in a Hochelaga alley.
Hsix piece in a Hochelaga alley
Old piece in a Hochelaga alley.
Hsix’s contribution of the 2010 Essencia Festival
Hsix’s contribution to a multi-artist wall done for the Essencia Festival in 2010 in Hochelaga.