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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.

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.

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.

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.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

Axe (top) and Wuna (ground level) at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Section of a K6A production in St-Henri, above Dodo Osé.

In industrial Montreal.

Axe (character and letters on the left) and Monk.e (character and letters middle and right), in Hochelaga.

On truckside, with Tchug.

In St-Henri.

Truckside.

Rooftop in Hochelaga.

Axe’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery (on the back wall).

In Sherbrooke.

Axe’s part in a graff wall with Scaner and Kemr in Hochelaga.

Rooftop session next to Serak.

With Astro in Hochelaga.

Axe on doors and SBU One on the right, in St-Henri.

In a St-Henri alley.

Trackside Pointe-St-Charles.

Saer (left) and Axe (right) in Hochelaga.

Part of a K6A wall in Hochelaga.


figurative 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 que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

From a Plateau production curated by Axe himself. The piece continues around the right-side corner, see below.

The piece in the above photo continues around the corner, beneath letters by Stare.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Crane on letters and Axe on character, from a Plateau production curated by Axe.

In Rosemont.

Dodo Osé with Axe on smaller characters, in the South West.

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

A bit more by Axe for the Scan You Rock jam.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Awe in Ahuntsic.

Work-in-progress nearly completed for the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

With Snikr on the right for the 2016 Chemin Vert production.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With letters by Crane on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

With letters by Naimo on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

For Plaza Walls.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With Fleo on letters at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rooftop part at the Plaza St-Hubert (2 sides displayed).

On back of truck.

In Petite-Patrie.

On a post of Plaza St-Hubert.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

In Old Montreal.

Character between Sewer and F.One at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Scaner on letters and Axe on characters, in Petite-Patrie.

With Monk.e on this K6A wall in Hochelaga.

Full mural by Axe, for Muralité, in Mile-End.

Axe on character, Smak on bottom letters with older letters by Pito top right, at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Monk.e (left), Scaner (right letters) and Axe (right character) in Hochelaga.

Scaner and Axe’s contribution to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Maniak (top left), Zek (bottom left), Axe and Fluke for K6A and A’Shop (right), at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Scaner (bottom letters), Ether TFB (middle letters), Serack (top letters), Axe (bottom left) and Hsix (right) for the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

Axe on dragon and rats, with Stare on ‘K’ and ‘G’ and Scaner on other background lettering, in Rosemont. See below for close-up of Axe’s rats in the bottom right corner.

Close-up of Axe’s rats from the mural above with Stare and Scaner.

Letters by Scaner (center ground level) between hissing felines by Axe, Feka and Peur (middle) and wheatpaste by Lovebot (top), by train tracks in Mile End.

Detail of a larger mural piece with other artists in a Plateau alley.

Perhaps with others, doing the K6A logo in Griffintown.

Next to letters by Scaner in Ville-Marie. See below for another character by Axe on this long mural.

From a long wall in Ville-Marie, see also other segment above.

Scaner (text), Earth Crusher (central figure) and Axe (end figures) in abandoned industrial building.

In Rosemont.

Commissioned pieces on garage doors in Hochelaga by Scaner and/or Axe.

A’Shop featuring Axe and Fluke ‘mural’ on a pillar of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Hochelaga alley, perhaps with someone else.


contribution to multi-artist murals

K6A wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstiOne (click to zoom).

Under Pressure 2016 K6A wall featuring Axe (racoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

K6A’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Philemon.

Under Pressure Festival 2014 production by the K6A collective featuring Fleo, Monk.e, Dodo Osé, Serack, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

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

This classic A’Shop mural in NDG features Fluke, Axe, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

NME mural on Papineau featuring Stare, Scaner, Monk.e, Kers, Axe, Vect and perhaps others.


bandaid logo

Axe’s signature bandaid logo is often used to sign his murals and pieces (as seen in many instances above). It is also often painted by itself here and there as some sort of elaborate tag. The handful shown below is just a small fraction of the number I have found over the years.

Tel que vu ci-dessus, Axe signe plusieurs de ses murales et autres pièces avec son logo représentant deux pansements entrecroisés. Ce logo lui sert aussi de tag. Les quelques exemplaires montrés ci-dessous ne sont qu’une très petite fraction de ce que j’ai trouvé au cours des dernières années.


tags and throws

Tags by Scaner (above) and Axe.


stickers

Debza

Debza is a tattoo artist and graffiti writer originally from Toulouse but now based in Montreal. As seen in the image gallery below, he can be versatile and his writing style, at times influenced by japanese illustration, is quite unique. He belongs to a few crews, notably GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), and works alongside other writers and artists on multi-artist projects. For more by Debza than what is shown here, have a look at his Facebook and Instagram pages. The following Youtube videos show the artist at work: video 1, video 2.

Debza est tatoueur et writer graffiti originaire de Toulouse mais maintenant établi à Montréal. Il est très versatile et son style unique d’écriture est parfois influencé par l’illustration japonaise. Il appartient à quelques crews, en l’occurrence GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), et il lui arrive régulièrement de collaborer avec d’autres artistes sur certains projets collectifs. Pour en voir plus de Debza que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram. Quelques vidéos sur Youtube permettent de voir l’artiste à l’oeuvre: vidéo 1, vidéo 2.


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.

Contribution to the 2017 edition of Under Pressure.

From an Art Gang production in Côte des Neiges.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Contribution to the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. This piece was dedicated to yours truly, amongst others.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In the Plateau.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Manga-style at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Blek (top) and Debza (ground level) on a Plateau wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Part of a production curated by 123Klan on a Plateau wall.

Quicker piece on the same wall as above.

At the 2016 edition of Festival Amalgam in Sherbrooke.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco. Notice the shout-out to yours truly in the bottom left corner…

In TMR.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In Rosemont.

Debza and MSHL collaboration for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Debza (bottom left), Sewer (bottom right), Crane (middle) and a Lovebot wheatpaste (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Debza (bottom left), Apashe (middle) and Saner (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

MSHL (bottom left), Debza (bottom right) and Joe, Seaz and Flow (top letters) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial piece for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.


throws and tags

Inside the abandoned Transco.

On a Rosemont graf wall.

Unofficial throw at the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Inside an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

A throw on a train side.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing Blek’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing War’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

Rouks

Rouks is a multi-talented artist working on both sides of the urban art spectrum. On one hand he excels at portraits, he is actually earning his place among this city’s best portraitists. On the other he also shines as a graffiti writer alongside his mates in the Nextime Crew. My favourite works of his is when he brings the two together, doing letters with a side of figurative work. The image gallery below is therefore split into sections showing the murals he did or contributed to, his smaller figurative work, his graffiti work, and those special pieces combining letters and portraits.

To see more by Rouks than what is found below, check out his Instagram and Facebook pages.

Rouks est un artiste aux multiples talents touchant aux deux cotés du spectrum d’art urbain. D’une part il est un excellent portraitiste en train de se tailler une place parmi les meilleurs de Montréal. D’autre part, il brille aussi comme writer de pièces de graffiti aux cotés de ses amis dans le Nextime Crew. La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est donc divisée en sections montrant les murales qu’il a effectuées ou auxquelles il a contribué, ses plus petites pièces figuratives, ses pièces de graffiti, et ma section préférée comprenant ses pièces jumelant lettres et figuratif.

Pour en voir plus que ce qui se trouve ci-dessous, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Instagram et Facebook.


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.

Rouks mural for A’Shop downtown.

Five Eight and Rouks’ collaboration for A’Shop‘s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop project on the walls of a NDG garage.

Nextime Crew mural in Hochelaga featuring Rouks on characters and Wonez (top) and Crane (ground level) on letters.

Rouks (left) and Eskro (right), in the Plateau.

Zoofest promo wall painted by Rouks, Crane, Hellp and Wonez.

Rouks contributed figurative work to this mural for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Letters are by Eska (ground), Asyne (middle), Fokus (top). The older piece above it all is by Serak.


smaller figurative 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.

In Longueuil for the Festival de Canes, next to letters by Sank (top) and Wonez (ground).

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel for the May 2017 Sino Jam.

Going graphic novel style at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Concert promo for Manu Militari at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rouks (woman and bird), Lapin (headdress), Speak (top feather), Capes (middle feather), Eskae One (bottom feather) and Sirvis (top piece) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rouks on the reverse of Naimo’s board for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival; small sculpted face on the frame is by Biko.

Next to letters by Nextime crewmate Wonez in Rosemont.

Next to letters by Nextime crewmate Crane at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel next to and beneath letters by Crane.

With letters by Eskro at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

With a double dose of Crane at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

With letters by Crane at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Monk.e and Marian Clem (ground left) and Rouks (ground right) at the Rouen tunnel legal graffiti walls.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Akym (bottom left), Rouks (bottom right) and Reabs (top left) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Next to letters by Reabs at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Work-in-progress at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Next to letters by crewmate Wonez at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Between letters by Crane and Noper at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Also visible above are Serum (above Rouks), Aces (middle right) and Kelen (very top).


figurative and 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.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Comic book combo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Visible above is Aces.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Rouks on character and letters on the right, with letters by Wonez on the left.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Work-in-progress at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.


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.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

With Bart Simpson character by Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Inside a school under demolition.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rouks (left) and Crane (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

Above the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

MC Baldassari (left) and Rouks (right) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel; above is a throwie by Flavor.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Nextime crew Etch-A-Sketch featuring Crane (top), Rouks (middle) and Wonez (bottom) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Also visible above is Reabs.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

On train.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On train.


tags

Tag on a legal graffiti wall.

Naimo

Naimo is mostly known for his graffiti work but he also does some figurative murals, as seen in the image gallery below. He represents both the 203 Crew and Underdogs. To see more from this artist than what I am showing here, check out his Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr pages.

Naimo est surtout reconnu pour son art lettré (graffiti) mais, tel que visible dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous, il prend aussi des commandes pour des murales figuratives. Pour en voir plus que ce qui est présenté ici, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook, Instagram et Tumblr.


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.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

On an abandoned house in the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In a very narrow Plateau staircase.

Naimo’s part on the 203 crew wall at the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley, off Mural Festival 2017.

On a Plateau wall.

On a Plateau wall.

On a Plateau wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo’s part in a production with Scribe and SBU One (not shown here) in Rosemont.

Damage recuperation over a Mural Festival mural.

Collaboration with Mexican artist Sermob in the Plateau. Sermob did the figurative work and Naimo added the letters (both names) and the flames.

In the Plateau.

Naimo (top) and Bosny (ground) for the 2016 edition of the Amalgam Festival.

In the Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall with a character by Axe Lalime on the right.

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

Part of a K6A production in Hochelaga.

Naimo’s part in a multi-artist mural project curated by Waxhead and Cryote for Sun Youth.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Part of a K6A production in St-Henri.

Another piece in the same K6A production in St-Henri as above.

Collaboration between Borrrris (character) and Naimo (letters) in the Plateau.

On the reverse of an information board for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

On a car headed for the scrapyard.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Winter production by Naimo (letters) and Flying Eric (figurative) in Villeray.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Winter graffiti mural in Villeray.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Near the PSC legal graffiti wall (with older throwies by Bank and Owk above it).

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Industrial underpass.

Halloween jam at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

203 Crew’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Naimo (top), Algue (left), Opire (bottom middle) and Bosny (right).

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Another one representing Underdogs on the side of a NDG cycle shop.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall with character by Arnold on the left.

Scribe and Naimo aka Underdogs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Tribute to Guru at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Hochliwood (Hochelaga).

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.


contribution to multi-artist murals

203 crew wall for the 2017 edition of Under Pressure. The 203 Invader with the munchies is by Opire and the one with the giggles by Arnold and Borrris. The top letters – actually numbers – are by Naimo, the ground ones by Ekes and all the wraparound is by Lyfer and Ekes plus probably a few more 203s…


figurative work

Mural in a community garden in Centre-Sud.

Mural on a side wall of a Centre-Sud business.

A “your face here” board for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

A “your face here” board for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.


stickers

Sticker tag.

Hsix

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 Facebook and Instagram pages 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 ses pages Facebook et Instagram pour en apprendre un peu plus et surtout pour voir une plus grande quantité d’oeuvres que celles présentées ici.


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Hsix’s part in the Scan You Rock mega-jam.

Hsix’s contribution to the Art Gang‘s Plaza Walls project depicts Gillian Anderson.

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.

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.

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.

Canadian anti-fascist doctor Norman Bethune on the wall of a Plateau library.

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.

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.

This Plateau mural by Benny Wilding features three depictions of Gilles Duceppe by Hsix.

Zek and Hsix in NDG, complete wall. See details of the 2 Hsix parts below.

Hsix detail #1 of the above collaboration with Zek in NDG.

Hsix detail #2 of the above collaboration with Zek in NDG.

Mural honouring Lea Roback, produced for Muralité.

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.

Hsix (Ian Lafrenière character) and Mark Esprit (bottom left letters) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival: Ether TFB (middle letters), Scaner (bottom letters), Axe (bottom left), Serack (top letters) and Hsix (Guy Laliberté character).

Hsix’s part in a collaboration with Zek in Montreal West (Zek’s part not shown here).

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.

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.

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) at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

In negative in the Plateau.

Hsix contributed to this tribute to Prince Dock by doing Dock. The mural also involves the input of Stare, etc.

Zek (left) and Hsix (right) collaboration in Hochelaga showing Back To The Future’s Michael J.Fox and Crispin Glover.

Zek (left) and Hsix (right) collaboration in NDG.

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.


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In a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

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

Graffiti mural in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Mono Sourcil (left character) in a Hochelaga alley.

Old piece in a Hochelaga alley.

Hsix’s contribution to a multi-artist wall done for the Essencia Festival in 2010 in Hochelaga.

Apashe

Apashe is a very talented writer who often includes a character or two with his letters. To see more than what is featured in this gallery, check out Apashoner.com and his Instagram, Flickr and Blogspot pages. You can also see the artist at work on his Vimeo channel.

Apashe est un graffeur très talentueux qui inclut souvent un personnage ou deux à ses pièces. Pour voir bien plus que ce qui est présenté dans la gallerie ci-dessous, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à Apashoner.com ainsi qu’à ses pages Instagram, Flickr et Blogspot. Vous pouvez aussi voir l’artiste à l’oeuvre sur son canal Vimeo.


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This gallery is sorted in approximate reverse chronological order (so most recent work at the top).

Cette galerie-photo est présentée en ordre chronologique inverse (donc du plus récent au plus vieux).

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Pointe St-Charles.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall. Character on the left is by Fortune.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Dorval.

Close-up shot of the above.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

A’Shop‘s contribution to the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Axe, Zek, Apashe and Fluke.

Apashe (left) and someone from the 203 crew (right) in the Plateau.

Garage front in Rosemont (click on image for close-up).

On a multi-artist wall in St-Henri.

On delivery door of an abandoned industrial building.


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