Category Archives: Spotlight

Junko

Junko puts together ‘sculptures’ from reclaimed materials (plastic, metal, rubber and other items found in trash), or natural elements (wood, plants), or a mix of both, which he then installs in more or less public locations. His first public installations were put up in Mile End at the very end of 2020 and a buzz was immediately created around the artist, who was then interviewed for various media. From that point he started installing his creations in more remote spots in or around Montreal.

To see more than what I was lucky to find and photograph, or to see some of his studio work, have a look at the artist’s Instagram page.

Junko crée des ‘sculptures’ à partir de matériaux recyclés (plastique, métal, caoutchouc et autres items trouvés dans les poubelles), ou d’éléments naturels (bois, plantes), ou un mélange des deux. Ses sculptures sont ensuite installées dans des endroits plus ou moins publics. Ses premières installations, apparues dans Mile End à la toute fin de 2020, ont créé un buzz autour de l’artiste qui a ensuite été interviewé par plusieurs médias. Ses créations subséquentes ont été installées dans des endroits un peu moins fréquentés, à Montréal ou dans les environs.

Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et photographier, ou pour voir des création en studio, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram.


South West, January 2022

After creating his previous piece all from wood and other plant parts, this new piece to kick off 2022 mixed wood and reclaimed plastic and metal.


Hochelaga, December 2021

After creating solely from reclaimed materials, this is Junko’s first piece made completely from biodegradable material, mostly wood and other plant parts. This is the artist’s second installation in this spot. Just like the first one from March 2021, it served to bring attention to Hochelaga residents’ efforts to preserve an empty lot which the city mean to develop.


Lasalle, October 2021

Photos of this piece are from 2 distinct sessions.


Ville Emard, July 2021


Hochelaga, May 2021


Côte-des-Neiges, April 2021


Hochelaga, March 2021

This installation served to bring attention to Hochelaga residents’ efforts to preserve an empty lot which the city mean to develop.

At some point during the following summer the installation was moved to a woody area nearby.


Mile End, February 2021


Mile End, December 2020


Mile End, December 2020


Mile End, December 2020


Mile End, December 2020

Germ Dee

Germ Dee began painting in the streets of Montreal in the summer of 2016. He immediately became one of the city’s most prolific artists and quickly made friends with many of his local peers. With the exception of his very first few walls, Germ Dee has been mostly taking pop culture characters on his own personal spin, describing his work as ‘visionary bootlegs’.

To view more than Germ Dee’s street work, have a look at his Facebook and Instagram pages. If you can read French, there is an interesting interview with the artist at StoriesMTL. He sells merchandise featuring his art via his Etsy page.

Germ Dee a débuté sa carrière montréalaise au cours de l’été 2016. Il est immédiatement devenu un de nos artistes les plus prolifiques, et s’est rapidement lié d’amitié avec plusieurs de ses pairs montréalais. A l’exception de quelques murs au tout début, l’essentiel de sa production consiste en versions ‘personalisées’ de personnages tirés de la culture populaire. Il décrit son art de visionary bootlegs, ce qui se traduirait grosso modo par ‘contrebande visionaire’.

Pour en voir plus que son travail de rue, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram. Une entrevue intéressante avec l’artiste est disponible à StoriesMTL. Enfin, Germ Dee vend ses créations sur Etsy.


painted work

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.

In Plateau End.

In the Quartier des spectacles.

In Plateau End.

In a St-Henri alley.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Mile End.

In Rosemont.

On the wall of a Rosemont cafe.

In Hochelaga; the eyes top left were salvaged from an earlier piece by Mono Sourcil.

In Mile End.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In Rosemont.

Truck side.

In Mile End.

In central Montreal.

On an abandoned building in the South West.

Claiming back his spot in Mile End.

In Mile End.

In an abandoned building.

A lil quickie on an abandoned building.

Another quickie on an abandoned building.

On the Sun Youth building; visible above is an older piece by Jest.

In an abandoned building.

A quick one in an abandoned building.

On a Plateau garage door; yellow throw above is by Awe.

On a Plateau door.

At the Project 45 skate park.

At the Project 45 skate park.

Collaboration with Salvandalius on a Van Horne overpass pillar.

In a door recess.

Off Under Pressure.

Next to the Brigade B7 prod.

In an abandoned building.

Germ Dee (top) and Nero (bottom) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural Festival. Assisted by Gwan and featuring name pieces by Deep and Serak in the bottom left and right corners.

On the Sun Youth building; visible above is an older piece by Jest.

Off-Mural piece.

Inside an abandoned building, over a tag by Royal.

Germ Dee on character and Deep on letters, in Hochelaga.

On the Sun Youth building.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

On a multi-artist wall in Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

On a Plateau alley garage door.

At Akira’s Alley.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

Mono Sourcil (left) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

Germ Dee (ground level) and Sank (above), for the 2018 Estival e Canes.

For the 2018 Estival de Canes.

In the South West.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

On St-Laurent.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At Plaza Walls.

In a central graffiti alley. The background is an earlier wall by Germ Dee, scroll down this page to view.

At Akira’s Alley.

Collaboration wall between EK Sept (top), Fokus (middle), Seork (bottom left) and Germ Dee (bottom right) for the Chats de Ruelle Festival (Canettes de Ruelle 2017).

At Plaza Walls.

Downtown.

In Rosemont.

At Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

Germ Dee (left) and Tiburon (right) in a Plateau alley.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

In a central graffiti alley.

Germ Dee on character and Royal on letters, in St-Henri.

In St-Henri.

At Akira’s Alley.

At Akira’s Alley.

Off-Mural piece.

On St-Dominique. Paste-ups on the bottom right corner are by Shifty Cat and ROC514.

In a central graffiti alley.

A rooftop piece in a central graffiti alley.

In Côte St-Paul.

In a Mile End alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Côte St-Paul.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Hochelaga.

In a central graffiti alley.

On the Sun Youth building.

Jest (left), Gwan (middle) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

In a central graffiti alley.

In a central graffiti alley.

On the Sun Youth building.

Germ Dee (ground level) and Wzrds Gng (above) in Mile End.

4U crew triptych for Plaza Walls featuring Germ Dee (left), Tiburon (centre) and Mono Sourcil (right).

In a Plateau alley.

Germ Dee (left) and Gwan (right) in the Plateau.

Germ Dee (left) and Mono Sourcil (right) in Mile End.

In a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

At Plaza Walls.

Germ Dee (left), Awe (bottom right) and Wzrds Gng (top right) in a Mile End alley.

Germ Dee (top) and Mono Sourcil (bottom) in Petite-Patrie.

The Wzrds Gng (left), Mono Sourcil (centre) and Germ Dee (right) on a Hochelaga skateboard pipe.

In a Mile End alley.

Germ Dee (left) and M’Os Geez (right) for the 2016 Percussion festival.

Germ Dee (right) and Tiburon (left) in a Plateau alley.

Wzrds Gng (left) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

On a Plateau garage door.

Chris Dyer (left) and Germ Dee (right) doing bootleg Barts.

For the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau End alley.


figurative ‘tags’


stickers and other pasted work

A wheatpaste found in Mile End.

A collaboration with ROC514.

A collaboration with ROC514.

A collaboration with ROC514.

Jaker

Jaker is one of the top graffiti writers in Montreal. His allegiances are to the BTH, SVC and GK crews. He has very little presence on the internet. This Bombing Science video on Youtube shows great footage of Jaker in action on an autorack.

Jaker est un des meilleurs graffeurs à Montréal. Il est membres des crews BTH, SVC et GK. Il n’est que très peu présent officiellement sur internet. Cette excellente video de Bombing Science montre l’artiste en action.


burners and other big 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.

Jaker, Peace and Drif doing the name of their crew BTH in the South West.

Jaker and Peace in Rosemont-Petite-Patrie.

In Mile End.

Jake and Cone representing SVC in the Plateau. Visible above is an older wheatpaste by Lovebot.

Inside an abandoned building.

Train piece.

In a Hochelaga alley.

Inside an abandoned building.

Double dose, including an extinguisher piece.

BTH crew piece by Jaker, Legal and Peace.

Train piece.

Train piece.

Train piece.

Train piece.

Train piece.

Train piece.

Train piece.

Train piece.

In Ahuntsic.

In Côte-des-Neiges.

Legal and Jaker doing the name of their crew BTH in the Plateau.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned tunnel.

In the West Island.

In an abandoned spot.

In Côte St-Paul.

On an abandoned building.

On an abandoned building.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

Jaker and Legal contributed to the 2019 revamp of the Van Horne pillars.

A huge trackside piece.

On an abandoned building.

With Jmoe on characters.

Trackside

In Côte St-Paul.

Jaker and Legal representing BTH on an abandoned building in the South West.

In Rosemont.

On an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In an abandoned spot.

In an abandoned spot.

Jaker and Legal representing BTH in Little Burdundy (ground piece only).

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

From a BTH crew production in Dorval.

Huge Jaker and Legal roller on an abandoned building in the South West.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

On a parked train.

On a parked train.

On a parked train.

On a parked train.

Jaker, Legal, Peace and Johste on the abandoned Canada Malting plant.

A huge commissioned Centre-Sud wall by the BTH crew featuring Legal and Jaker on name pieces and Jmoe on character.

Jaker (top) and Legal (ground) for the 2017 Lachine graffiti jam.

Tribute to Jays by BTH’s Jaker, Peace and Legal, from the Time Is Gold production.

Jaker in Rosemont.

Legal (ground) and Jaker (above) for the Festival de Canes.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

Featuring Jaker (top), Legal (middle) and Johste (ground), this is BTH’s contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

Jaker, Quote and Legal on letters, with Jmoe on character, in industrial Ville St-Laurent.

Near downtown.

Trackside.

Representing his crew BTH on a truck side.

In Rosemont.

Truck side.

For the 2016 edition of the Amalgam Festival in Sherbrooke.

In the Plateau.

Trackside.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.

Jaker and perhaps others from the BTH crew on the roof of an abandoned building in the South West.

In the South West.

Jaker (letters) and Jmoe (character) in an abandoned building.

Jaker (top) and Kwun (ground) in a Petite-Patrie alley.

In an abandoned building.

In an bike underpass on the Canal Lachine.

On an abandoned building.

On an abandoned building.

Representing BTH inside an abandoned Plateau school awaiting demolition.

In an abandoned building.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In the gym of an abandoned Plateau school awaiting demolition.

Jaker on letters and Jmoe on character, in Rosemont.

Aliss (card), Ms Teri (flower), Jaker, Blek and Legal on a downtown rooftop.

Jaker (top) and Legal (bottom) at the 2015 Lachine graffiti jam

Trackside.

Most of the BTH crew participated in this piece between the chimneys of an abandoned incinerator.

Jaker and Legal representing BTH in the Plateau.

Under an expressway.

In Hochelaga.

An old one in Montreal West.

Peace and Jaker on a bike trail in Petite-Patrie.

A springtime piece for the crew (Bring The Heat = BTH).

In industrial Ville St-Laurent.

Jake’s contribution to this wall from the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival is partly visible in the bottom left corner. Also featuring Fonki (centre), Legal (top left), Dare (top right), etc.

Jaker, Kwun, Legal and many more on one of the roofs of the long-abandoned Canada Malting plant.

In industrial Hochelaga.

An old piece inside an abandoned tunnel.

In an abandoned building.

In industrial Montreal West.


throws and rollers

Jaker’s part in a huge 4-man tumbling block-letters prod visible from highways in the South West.

Jake and Legal on an abandoned industrial building.

Roller by Jaker and Legal in the South West.

Five Eight and Jake on the abandoned Canada Malting Plant.

A trackside roller.

A huge throw by Jake, Hyke and Legal for their crew BTH.

A huge throw in St-Henri.

Throws by Legal and Jaker in industrial Montreal.

With Legal on the left.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco (with Snok on the left).

Inside the abandoned Transco.


tags


installation

A woodup installed on the roof of an industrial building in the South West.

Lost Claws

Lost Claws is a street artist mainly into wheatpasting, but he also has some painted work to his credit. He has been active in the streets and alleys of Montreal since approximately June 2017. The artist wittily expresses his dark, pessimistic or sarcastic views on the world, life and relationships through various characters, some recurring (teeth, skeletons, Death) and some one-offs (often animals).

The artist is extremely prolific and I have been able to find only a fraction of his work before it got destroyed. You should therefore check out his Instagram page for a lot more work than what I am presenting in the gallery below.

Lost Claws est un artiste de rue dont le medium préféré est le collage, mais qui peint aussi à l’occasion. Il est actif dans les rues et ruelles de Montréal depuis approximativement juin 2017. A l’aide d’une panoplie de personnages, certain récurrents (dents, squelettes, la Mort) ou non (souvent des animaux), il exprime sa vision sombre, pessimiste ou sarcastique, du monde, de la vie et des relation humaines.

Cet artiste est extremement prolifique et je n’ai eu la chance de photographier qu’une fraction de son oeuvre avant qu’elle ne soit détruite. Vous êtes donc invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram si vous voulez en voir beaucoup plus que ce que je suis en mesure de présenter dans la galerie ci-dessous.


wheatpastes

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.

“You’re doing great”, on the front of an abandoned church.

Next to a peace flag for Ukraine.

“Live fast”, in Chinatown.

“R.I.P. optimism”, in Mile End.

“Dying to talk to you / K Bye”, a Ouija board spoof in the Plateau.

“I wasn’t. Then I was. Now I ain’t”, in the Plateau.

“Just killing time”, in the Plateau.

“I wish you the best”, in the Plateau.

“No one wants to be left behind”, in the Plateau.

“There must be more to life?”, in the Plateau.

“Everyone is swimming from something”, in the Plateau.

“I coulda been grate”, in the Plateau.

“R.I.P Hambone”, a tribute to his cat who had just passed away.

“I can’t even look at myself”, in Plateau End. The piece was put up on a mirror store, hence the pun.

“You are not special”, in the Plateau.

“Canned street art, just repeat and serve”, a dig at the piece by a different artist found next to it.

“I’ll give you anything you want”, on an abandoned Plateau church. See below for close-up.

“I’ll give you anything you want”, close-up on the above piece on a Plateau church.

“I don’t wanna talk about it”, in Mile End.

“My days are numbered”, in the Plateau.

“Stop signs suck”, on the front of a number of Bixi self-service bicycles.

“Cynicism isn’t wisdom”, in Mile End.

“Santé!”, in the Plateau.

“Spend some time in hell”, in Rosemont-Petite-Patrie.

“I feel uncomfortable”, in Villeray.

“Six feet away”, in the Plateau during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Life is pain”, in Petite-Patrie.

“You get used to it”, in Petite-Patrie during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We can’t all be blessed”, in the Plateau.

“Up to your old tricks?”, in Mile End. See in context below.

“Up to your old tricks?”, in Mile End at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“You ain’t shit”, in Mile End.

“It’s hard to stay positive”, in Mile End.

“Anywhere can be home”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Tomorrow’s happiness today!”, in Mile End.

“I miss the old Kanye”, in the Plateau.

“Everything will be fine. Or not. WTF do I know?”, in the Plateau.

“Pretending to be something I’m not”, in Plateau End for Halloween.

“Don’t fuck with me I don’t fuck with you”, in Plateau End.

“Dust to dust”, in Chinatown.

“Get your shit together”, in the Plateau.

“Go to hell”, at Marché Jean-Talon.

“My stupid opinion”, in Petite-Patrie.

“That’s life”, in St-Henri.

“Ewe suck”, in Plateau End.

“I don’t wanna pray”, in Mile End.

“We’ll never be those kids again”, in the Plateau.

“Memories are like onions… I don’t like onions”, in the Plateau.

“You can be so cold”, an off-Mural piece.

“Happiness is temporary”, in the Plateau.

“I believe it’s faith I lack”, in the Plateau. See below for a close-up

Close-up of the above Plateau piece.

“I won’t remember you”, in the Plateau.

In the Plateau.

“Are we having fun yet?”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Everything is cool”, in the Plateau.