Dodo Osé

Bio, from the Ashop website: “Dodo Ose is a Montreal based graffiti and fine artist specialized in highly rendered surreal portraiture. Born in Lyon, Dodo was initiated to art at an early age, spending countless hours admiring the rich architecture of his native city. He spent his teenage years in the south of France, where he developed his artistic knowledge and taste for graffiti. He studied Fine Arts in Cannes and presented his first shows in galleries. In need of a challenge, he decided to pursue his career in Canada in 2010. In Montreal, he got carried away by the city’s creative atmosphere and found a real family within the Ashop and K6A crews, two multidisciplinary collectives. Through these connections, he developed his own style and created his own universe, blending aerosol painting with watercolors. He is constantly in search of innovating, as much in his technique as in the choice of his subjects. He creates artworks that combines the figurative and the imaginary. His work takes the public into a surrealistic universe, both romantic and oneiric, that exudes an edgy sense of humor with his own poetic touch.”

To see more from Dodo than what I was lucky enough to photograph, you are invited to see his gallery on the Ashop website as well as his personal Instagram page.

Biographie tirée du site web d’Ashop: “Dodo Ose est un artiste spécialisé en Beaux Arts et en graffiti basé à Montréal. Né dans la prestigieuse ville de Lyon, Dodo Ose est initié à l’art dès son jeune âge. Il passe son adolescence dans le sud de la France, où il découvre l’univers du graffiti. Ses études en beaux-arts à Cannes le mènent ensuite à intégrer la peinture traditionnelle à son style et à y présenter ses premières expositions en galeries. En 2010, Dodo déménage au Canada, à la recherche de défis et de nouvelles expériences. L’ambiance artistique de Montréal inspire le jeune artiste qui décide de s’y installer. Il se joint éventuellement au Ashop et au K6A, deux collectifs artistiques multidisciplinaires. Ces connexions le poussent à perfectionner son style et à créer son propre univers, mélangeant la peinture aérosol à l’aquarelle. Dodo Ose cherche constamment à innover, autant dans la technique que dans les sujets abordés. En jouant avec le symbolisme et les archétypes universels, l’artiste concocte des paysages oniriques et surréalistes qui fusionnent le figuratif à l’imaginaire. Cherchant à transmettre les sentiments abstraits qui dansent derrière nos paupières, son travail reflète l’énergie Jungienne de la poésie et de la fantaisie.”

Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à sa gallerie sur le site d’Ashop ainsi qu’à sa page Instagram.


solo 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.

In Hochelaga.

Self-portrait mural in Verdun.

In the Village.

In a Ville St-Laurent park, for Kolab. Scroll down to see close-ups of each individual seat.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up to view all five in one shot and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up and down to view the others.

Close-up of a park seat. Scroll up to view the others.

In Wynwood (Miami) for the 2017 edition of Art Basel.

In Hochelaga.

Dodo’s part in the Time Is Gold production.

In Ville St-Laurent for Ashop.

Dodo’s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scroll down for a different angle.

Dodo’s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scroll up for a different angle.

In St-Henri.

A beautiful mural downtown.

In a Hochelaga alley for Ashop. This was paired with a garage door across the alley as well, see below.

In a Hochelaga alley for Ashop, across the alley from the corner piece above it in this gallery.

Back of truck for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

A huge mural in Mercier for Ashop. See below for an extra segment of it.

The rightmost part of the above Ashop mural in Mercier.

For Ashop on St-Denis.

This one of three trackside walls by Ashop artists in NDG is by Dodo Osé.

For Ashop in Rosemont.


duo 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.

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe Lalime (cat) from a K6A crew and friends jam in the South West.

Another collaboration with Axe Lalime in the South West.

A collaboration with Ankh One on the Plaza St-Hubert.

Another collaboration with Ankh One in Petite-Patrie, for Ashop.

Zek and Dodo for Ashop in Ahuntsic.

Collaboration with Ankh One for Ashop, downtown.

Ashop mural in Hochelaga featuring Zek and Dodo Osé.


collective 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.

Ashop‘s long wall, by Fluke, Zek, Dodo Osé and Ankh One, at Wynwood Walls for the 2018 edition of Art Basel. See below for close-up.

Close-up on Ashop‘s long wall, by Fluke, Zek, Dodo Osé and Ankh One, at Wynwood Walls for the 2018 edition of Art Basel.

Monk.e, Fleo and Dodo Osé on the K6A crew’s wall for the Gatos Callejeros production.

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe Lalime, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 1/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe Lalime, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 2/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe Lalime, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 3/3).

K6A crew wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe Lalime, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstieOne.

Zek, Dodo Osé, Ankh One for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami (1/2).

Zek, Dodo Osé, Ankh One for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami (2/2).

Dré, Dodo Osé and Ankh One for Ashop in Ahuntsic.

Ashop mural for the Mercier library; photo © Ashop.

Mural by Dré, Dodo Osé and Zek for Ashop in Côte-des-Neiges.

K6A crew contribution to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Fleo, Monk.e, Dodo Osé, Serak, Axe Lalime, Dkae and Saer.

Classic and internationally renowned Ashop mural in NDG featuring Fluke, Axe Lalime, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

Ashop mural in the Plateau featuring Dodo Osé, Phile, Zek and Fluke.


assisting others

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.

Fluke (assisted by Fonki, Fonki and Dodo Osé) in Hochelaga.

Zek, Axe Lalime, Awe with help from Dodo Osé, in St-Henri.

Fleo truck side with help from Dodo.


graffiti / letters

Dodo started off writing OSER when he did letters, then as he gradually became Dodo Osé he switched to writing DODO. Therefore, the more recent pieces at the top of this section read DODO while the older ones below read OSER.

Dodo a commencé par écrire OSER lorsqu’il faisait du graffiti puis, après qu’il soit devenu Dodo Osé, il s’est mis à écrire DODO. Conséquemment, les pièces les plus récentes au début de la section ci-dessous se lisent DODO alors que les plus vieilles plus bas se lisent OSER.

This detail of the Scan You Rock tribute wall to Scaner shows Dodo’s part. Click on the latter link to view the complete wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dodo (ground) and Fleo (above, split over 2 surfaces) for a Plateau production curated by Axe Lalime.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dodo’s segment in a K6A crew production in St-Henri.

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe Lalime (character) contribution to the Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner mega-production.

K6A crew‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Axe Lalime (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

Contribution to a big K6A crew jam in St-Henri.

Axe Lalime (top) and Dodo (ground) in St-Henri.

An extra garage door from the above St-Henri jam, featuring Otak, Fleo and Dodo Osé.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel (on the right; visible on the left is Koni HTU).

Truck side, also featuring Bryan Beyung on the back.

Fleo (left) and Dodo Osé (right) in a South West alley.

K6A crew wall on Gilmore featuring Serak (top), Fleo (middle) and Oser aka Dodo Osé (bottom).

In Hochelaga.

In St-Henri.

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