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Serak

Serak is a Montreal graffiti writer from the KG and K6A crews. He has very little presence on the internet, to see more of his work than what is shown here, check out his Instagram account.

Serak and un graffeur montréalais faisant parties des crews KG et K6A. Il est très peu présent sur l’internet, pour en voir plus que ce qui est présenté ci-dessous, jetez un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram.


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.

Serak (top) and Awe (ground level) in the Plateau.

Awe (top) and Serak (ground level) in the Plateau.

From a K6A crew production in St-Henri.

From a production in Hochelaga for Miser‘s going away.

Off-Mural piece in a central back alley.

In Rosemont.

In the Old Port.

For the Estival de Canes 2018 production.

With a Earth Crusher character in St-Henri.

On the Lachine Canal bike path.

In Côte St-Paul.

In Côte St-Paul.

In Côte St-Paul.

Downtown.

Same spot as above, a few months later with a new piece at the base.

In upper Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Miami during the 2017 edition of Art Basel.

On an abandoned Plateau house awaiting demolition.

Tribute to Scaner in the South West.

Serak’s part in the Time Is Gold production.

Downtown.

Tribute to Scaner in St-Henri.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Côte St-Paul.

From a K6A crew production in St-Henri.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rooftop piece downtown.

In the Lachine Canal.

By the Lachine Canal.

Along the Lachine Canal.

Downtown.

Train piece.

Train piece

In Mile End.

In Côte St-Paul, above a piece by Sewk.

In Hochelaga.

With Axe Lalime on a Hochelaga rooftop.

In Hochelaga.

With Zek on the right, in Griffintown.

In St-Henri, with a flop by Otak, a bandaid logo by Axe Lalime and a tag by Hsix above.

Rooftop downtown.

Downtown.

On an abandoned building in St-Henri.

In Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

The Serak piece at the very top of this shot from the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival dates back to 2011 or even before.


contributions to multi-artist walls

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.

The K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Serak bottom middle as well as Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer. See below for close-up on Serak’s part.

Close-up on Serak’s and Awe‘s part in the K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

The K6A crew wall for the 2017 Festival de Canes features Serak on top letters alongside Axe Lalime, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Monk.e and Osti One.

The K6A crew wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features letters by Serak bottom left, as well as Axe (raccoons), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right). See below for close-up on Serak’s piece.

Close-up on Serak’s piece on the K6A crew wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

The K6A crew wall for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Serak’s name is inside the central character’s shirt.

This wall from the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Serak top left, Ether (middle letters), Scaner (ground letters), Axe Lalime (bottom left) and Hsix (right).

Serak is visible at the very top of this shot from the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Also visible are Shalak (behind car), Smoky (bottom right), XRAY (above Smoky), Crane (far bottom left) and many others.

This K6A crew wall in Côte St-Paul features Serak at the top, Fleo in the middle and Oser aka Dodo Osé at ground level.


throws and tags

Bonar

To see much more than what this spotlight features, and because most of Bonar’s best street work was done outside Montreal, check out olivierbonnard.com as well as his Instagram page.

Pour en voir plus que ce que ce profil de l’artiste Bonar présente, et parce qu’il est très actif hors de Montréal, vous êtes invités à visiter olivierbonnard.com ainsi que sa page Instagram.


Pieces are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces 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. See below for close-up detail.

Detail of the above Hochelaga wall.

In Mile End.

In Rosemont.

In Petite-Patrie.

Temporary wall in the Village.

At the back of a downtown pub. This is Bonar’s second wall at this spot, scroll down for his first.

With Opire on the side of a Plateau house awaiting demolition.

Bonar on the left and Mathieu Connery on the right, for the Van Horne Station block party.

Rooftop piece over St-Laurent.

With Opire for the 2015 edition of Chromatic.

Bonar and Opire‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Bonar on character and Les hommes de lettres on calligraphy.

Bonar’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Bonar (above) and Birdo (unfortunately partially obstructed) in a McGill Ghetto alley.

Bonar on wall, Algue (door, first garage) and Nixon (second garage).

At the back of a downtown pub. This is Bonar’s first wall at this spot, scroll up for his second.

Bonar’s wall for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival.

Voguer

Voguer, who has also worked a lot in the past under the name Vogue, has been one of Montreal’s most prolific writers in the past few years. Not only does he have the itch that pushes him to get out and paint very often, but he is also constantly experimenting with new stylistic ideas and evolving. He has very little official presence on the internet. To see more of his work, check out his Instagram page (where, for the time being, he only publishes stories – no photo posts.)

Voguer, qui a beaucoup travaillé dans le passé sous le nom Vogue, a été un des artistes-graffeurs montréalais les plus prolifiques au cours des dernières années. Non seulement a-t-il souvent la piqure qui le pousse à sortir et aller peindre, il aime expérimenter avec de nouvelles idées et son style est conséquemment en constante évolution. Il est très peu présent sur l’internet. Pour en voir plus que ce que la galerie-photo ci-dessous présente, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram (où, au moment de publication de cet article, il ne poste que des videos temporaires).


graffiti pieces

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.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Pointe St-Charles.

Under a bridge.

Winter piece at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Trackside in Hochelaga.

Under a bridge.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Ason, with Voguer above, for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Voguer’s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Rosemont.

Rooftop piece in the Plateau.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Voguer and Ason on a Plateau housefront.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In a Montreal suburb.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Hochelaga.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

Trackside in Montreal West.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Trackside in Montreal West.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Trackside in Montreal West.

In Rosemont.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Trackside piece.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Doing the name of his crew FSOK at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

On half-demolished building.

In an abandoned building.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Off-Muralfest piece in a Plateau alley.

In an abandoned building.

In industrial Montreal.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall. Also visible on his right is Brun aka Bern.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.


figurative pieces

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.


throws and tags

Fluke

Fluke is one of those artists who started off in graffiti and has subsequently become one of the key players in the Montreal urban art scene. The artist learned his trade in the world of graffiti in the early 1990s, at the tender age of 9! In 2009 he co-founded A’Shop, “an artist-run production company specialized in graffiti murals, street art and urban aesthetics” (source: ashop.ca). He is still the president of the company, as well as one of its main artists.

A’Shop, which employs a handful of artists among the best of this city, has since changed the face of urban art in Montreal with the creation of an amazing number of murals and other artistic endeavours. And for the past few years the company has started shining outside Montreal thanks to major creations done elsewhere in the country as well as in the USA and Europe.

To see more of Fluke’s work than what I was lucky enough to photograph, have a look at his Instagram and Facebook pages. To find out more about A’Shop, check out ashop.ca as well as their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Fluke est un de ces artistes qui se sont développés dans le monde du graffiti et sont depuis devenus des acteurs incontournables de la scène d’art urbain montréalaise. L’artiste a fait ses premières armes dans le monde du graffiti dans les années 1990, à l’âge de 9 ans. En 2009 il a co-fondé A’Shop, “une compagnie de production d’artistes autogérés spécialisée en peinture murale, en street art et en esthétique urbaine” (source: ashop.ca). Il en est toujours le président ainsi qu’un de ses principaux créateurs.

A’Shop, qui emploie une poignée d’artistes parmi les meilleurs en ville, a depuis changé le visage de l’art urbain à Montréal grâce à la création d’un nombre impressionnant de murales et autres interventions de nature artistique. De plus, depuis quelques années la compagnie a commencé à rayonner à l’extérieur de Montréal, avec des interventions ailleurs au pays ainsi qu’aux Etats-Unis et en Europe.

Pour en voir plus sur le travail de Fluke que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Instagram et Facebook. Pour en apprendre plus sur A’Shop, visitez ashop.ca ou ses pages Instagram et Facebook du collectif.

figurative solo work

For the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood.

Tribute to Bad News Brown to replace an earlier one (see ‘Figurative collaborations’ section below).

Huge mural over two walls of a St-Michel school.

Tribute to Jackie Robinson for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

figurative collaborations

Most collaborations below are A’Shop projects.

La plupart des collaborations ci-dessous sont des projets d’A’Shop.

With Ankh One for A’Shop in Hochelaga.

A’Shop mural in the Plateau, designed by Fluke and done with Zek and Benny Wilding.

The Carey Price piece (goalie) is a collaboration with Axe Lalime. Also visible on the left are letter pieces by Maniak (top) and Zek (ground level).

A’Shop‘s mural for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Fluke, Axe Lalime, Zek and Apashe.

In just a few years this iconic NDG mural has become the most internationally famous one in Montreal. By A’Shop featuring Fluke, Axe Lalime, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

Tribute mural to Bad News Brown by A’Shop featuring Fluke, Saer and Zek. After having been painted over, a new tribute was done in 2017 (see Fluke solo section above).

Fluke and Axe Lalime for A’Shop on one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

A’Shop mural in the Plateau featuring Dodo Osé, Phile, Zek and Fluke.

letters

For the Chemin Vert production in the summer of 2016. The prod was actually organised by Fluke.

Zek (left) and Fluke (right) for Plaza Walls.

K6A‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Fluke (bottom right) as well as Axe Lalime (racoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right) and Dodo Osé (middle right). See close-up on Fluke’s piece below.

Close-up on Fluke’s piece on the above wall from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Fluke’s part in a 123Klan production in the Plateau. Character is by Aiik.

Earth Crusher character on a temporary A’Shop wall, surrounded by tags from both Earth Crusher and his alter ego Dré, as well as Zek, Fluke (bottom right), Ankh One, etc.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

On a container near the A’Shop offices.

Fluke’s part in a A’Shop/123Klan production in the Plateau.

Shadow (top letters), Zek (bottom left letters), Fluke (bottom right letters) and Ankh One (figurative) on A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Nature taking over this older Fluke letter piece on a K6A wall in St-Henri.

Shok

Shok is one of the handful of Montreal writers who started off in the nineties and never stopped being active to this day. He has been part of the crew HYH in the past but nowadays only represents SIK. He has very little official presence on the internet, to see much more than what I managed to photograph, check out his Instagram page.

Shok est parmi la poignée de writers montréalais qui ont commencé dans les années 1990 et qui sont toujours très actifs aujourd’hui. Il a déjà signé pour le crew HYH mais depuis plusieurs années maintenant il ne représente que SIK. Il est très peu présent sur l’internet, pour en voir beaucoup plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram.


pieces and throws

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.

Rooftop piece in Ahuntsic.

With crewmate Skor on characters, in Ahuntsic.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

One for the crew at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

During the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami.

During the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami.

During the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami.

In Rosemont.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

One of two contributions to the Time Is Gold production.

Shok’s other contribution to the Time Is Gold production.

Wall of flops from the Time Is Gold production featuring Shok amongst many others (in yellow, fourth row from the top, third from the left).

In Rosemont.

In Hochelaga.

On a roof in Ahuntsic.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Birthday wishes to Scaner, at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Shok’s contribution to the Scan You Rock production.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In an alley in Ahuntsic.

Rooftop piece at Plaza Walls.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

At the Project45 skatepark.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco, with Tuna.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In the gymnasium of an abandoned Plateau school before it got demolished.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Part of the unofficial Silverjam in Rosemont.

Truckside done during the 2015 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Outside the abandoned Transco.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In Petite-Patrie.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

Character by Shok to go with Tuna‘s letter piece, in Ahuntsic.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

Shok’s part in a multi-artist production in Ahuntsic.

Trackside chrome.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”. Also visible above is Crops.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Part of a multi-artist production in Rosemont.

Outside the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Outside the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In a Ahuntic alley.

In an empty lot in Hochelaga.

Ether TFB (top left), Mersh (top right) and Shok (bottom) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration with Dfek on the front of the Ste-Elisabeth bar.

Shok (above), Dfek (ground left) and Omse (ground right) in the Plateau.

Shok’s part on a multi-artist wall in the Plateau.

Shok (ground level) and Scaner (above) in the Plateau.

Trackside roller in Mile-End.

Shok’s part on a multi-artist wall in Centre-sud.

Shok’s part on a classic multi-artist wall in Villeray.

On the side of a NDG business.

Shok’s part in a collaboration with Sake in Ville-Emard.

Shok’s part on a multi-artist wall in the Plateau dating back to 2001!

Shok and Croki collaboration from 1998!

tags and other quick hits

These tags were found in abandoned places awaiting demolition (except for the ones outside, obviously!).

stickers

SBU One

SBU One was born in France but moved to Montreal in 2004. For many years his street work walked the line between figurative and abstract, never quite one or the other. In the past few years he appears to have been doing a bit more figurative work, as least as far as his street work is concerned. It often features animals and zoomorphic characters and mashups, although it tends to remain closer to abstract when he works with frequent collaborator MSHL. In recent years his notorierity has increased rapidly, leading him to participate to festivals such as Under Pressure and Amalgam and then Mural Festival in 2017.

To see much more than what is featured in the photo gallery below (including studio/gallery work, animation, comics, and a lot of amazing street work outside Montreal), check out sbuone.com as well as his Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr pages.

SBU One est né en France mais habite Montréal depuis 2004. Pendant plusieurs années son art de rue balançait entre le figuratif et l’abstrait, jamais tout à fait l’un ou l’autre. Depuis quelques années l’artiste penche un peu plus vers le figuratif, du moins en ce qui concerne son art urbain. Animaux et personnages zoomorphiques y font des apparitions fréquentes. Ceci étant dit, celui-ci redevient plutôt abstrait lorsqu’effectué conjointement avec son fréquent collaborateur MSHL. SBU One a gagné beaucoup en notoriété ces dernières années, menant à des participations remarquées à des festivals tels que Under Pressure et Amalgam, et à l’édition 2017 du Festival Mural.

Pour en voir bien plus que ce qui est présenté dans la gallerie-photo ci-dessous (incluant des oeuvres en studio/gallerie, de l’animation, de la bande dessinée et beaucoup d’oeuvres urbaines géniales hors-Montréal), jetez up coup d’oeil à sbuone.com ainsi qu’à ses pages Facebook, Instagram et Tumblr.


murals and other painted pieces

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.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with MSHL in Pointe St-Charles.

Collaboration between MSHL and SBU One for the Canettes de Ruelle production.

In Rosemont.

SBU One’s own kind of letters in Petite-Patrie.

For the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Found under a bridge.

Truck side mostly by SBU, with a bit by Naimo and MSHL. The back is all MSHL. Done during the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

The opposite side of the above truck from the 2018 edition of Mural Festival is mostly Naimo with a bit by SBU and MSHL.

On a garage door in Hochelaga.

Spelling out S-B-U at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In a Rosemont alley (click to zoom in).

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) in a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

For the Gatos Callejeros production in a Rosemont alley.

This MSHL garage door in Mile End features some work by SBU One.

Collaboration with MSHL on the lower (2nd) floor and with Tiburon on the upper (3rd) one. The upper floor was retouched from an earlier SBU-solo piece, scroll down to view.

Collaboration with MSHL for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall. See below for 2 close-ups on SBU One’s parts.

Close-up 1/2 on SBU One’s part in a collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Close-up 2/2 on SBU One’s part in a collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with MSHL in Pointe St-Charles.

Floors 2 and 3 added to the back of this Plateau building. Scroll down for a close-up of Level 1 from a year earlier. Level 2 is a collaboration with MSHL.

Contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

On a house awaiting demolition in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Scribe in a Rosemont back alley.

In a Rosemont back alley.

In Petite-Patrie.

Collaboration with MSHL in the Plateau.

SBU One in the Plateau. More was added to this piece the following year, scroll up to view.

SBU One’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

Contribution to the 2016 International Percussion Festival.

Collaboration with MSHL in a Plateau alley.

Collaboration with Waxhead in a multi-artist mural project for Sun Youth. Visible bottom left is one of Starkey‘s wabbits.

A side piece done during the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

This garage door was done off-Mural Festival in 2016.

Collaboration with MSHL in Mile End.

In St-Henri.

SBU One’s part in a multi-artist production in Old Montreal.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Behind a studio in St-Henri.

Underneath expressway. Photo © SBU One.

With Zdey on the right at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Photo © SBU One.

On the roof of the Omnipac building (now demolished). Photo © SBU One.

In Rosemont. Photo © SBU One.

Photo © SBU One.

Photo © SBU One.

Underneath expressway. Photo © SBU One.

Underneath expressway.

Underneath expressway.

Underneath expressway.

On a concrete block found in an abandoned lot in Hochelaga

Very old piece dated 2006 in the Plateau.


Videshi babaji

SBU One has this recurring character which he calls “Videshi babaji” serving as some sort of logo and which he seems to use in the way graffiti writers would with a throw (quickly sprayed piece with outline and uniform fill). Most of the time the character is a bearded head with a hat, but in at least one instance (top of the gallery below), it was given a whole body. It also often comes with a speech bubble.

SBU One a un personnage récurrent appelé “Videshi babaji” lui servant en quelque sorte de logo, ou d’équivalent du throw (pièce rapidement exécutée ne consistant que d’un contour et un remplissage uniforme) chez les graffeurs. Dans la majorité des cas le perso est une tête d’homme barbu arborant une casquette, mais dans au moins un cas (première entrée dans la gallerie ci-dessous), SBU lui a donné un corps. Le personnage vient souvent avec une bulle de texte (façon bande dessinée).


drawn pieces

Found inside the abandoned Transco.

Found inside the abandoned Transco.


wheatpastes

Most, perhaps all pieces below are in collaboration with MSHL.

La majorité, sinon toutes les pièces ci-dessous sont des collaborations avec MSHL.


stickers

Axe Lalime

Axe Lalime, or simply Axe, is a very prolific and versatile Montreal artist active since 1995. He stems from the world of graffiti but excels in various forms of figurative art, be it mural or on canvas. He is very active with the K6A crew, but also pays allegiance to crews KG and CFC. He has in the past been a frequent collaborator on A’Shop productions.

The photo gallery below is therefore mainly split into sections featuring his graffiti pieces, his figurative work as well as the great collective projects by A’Shop and K6A to which he contributed. To see more than what I had the chance to photograph, check out his Facebook and Instagram pages and this great video showing Axe at work on various pieces featured below.

Axe Lalime, ou tout simplement Axe, est un artiste montréalais prolifique et versatile, actif depuis 1995. Il vient du milieu du graffiti mais excelle aussi en art figuratif qu’il soit mural ou sur canevas. Il est très actif avec le collectif K6A mais prête aussi allégeance aux crews KG et CFC. Il a été de par le passé un fréquent collaborateur sur des projets réalisés par A’Shop.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous est conséquemment divisée en sections présentant ses pièces de graffiti, ses oeuvres figuratives ainsi que les grands projets collectifs auxquels il a participé aux cotés d’A’Shop et de K6A. Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram ainsi qu’a cette capsule video montre l’artiste en action, travaillant sur plusieurs des pièces présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous.


letters

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.

Axe’s part in a going away jam for Miser in Hochelaga.

The K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Axe in the central letters jam, alongside Monk.e, Ankh One, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer.

In a Plateau alley.

Contribution to the Estival de Canes 2018 (work-in-progress, final version coming soon).

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A winter piece at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In a big production in St-Henri.

Scaner‘s name by Axe and Sober. Scaner did the outlines of the first three letters before he passed away in September 2017. Axe and Sober did the N, the fill and background. Bird of prey above is by Tchug. See below for what’s on the left of this.

This is on the left of the above photo. Riding character by Axe, and perhaps also the snake.

Axe (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (ground letters) for the Time Is Gold production.

One more bit by Axe for the Time Is Gold production, this is King the squirrel.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Axe (top), Zek (bottom left), Awe (bottom right) and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

With Fleo on the left, in Ville-Emard.

With Fleo on the right, and an older piece by Serak above, in industrial Montreal.

Axe’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2016 Percussion Festival.

Minivan side.