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Tributes to Scaner

This post is a photo gallery of tributes to Scaner that have appeared in Montreal since the writer passed away on 9 September 2017. Most of the creations are by writers doing Scan’s name, but I also found a few street art/figurative pieces celebrating Montreal’s graffiti king.

Artists did not wait for Scaner to be gone before celebrating him. A section at the end of this post features pieces honouring him after the news came out that he was terminally ill.

Related posts:
photo spotlight on Scaner’s work
Scan You Rock
Time Is Gold

Voici une gallerie-photo d’hommages à Scaner trouvés à Montréal depuis le décès de ce dernier le 9 septembre 2017. La majorité des créations sont par des graffeurs écrivant le nom de Scaner, mais j’ai aussi trouvé quelques pièces de street art et autres pièces figuratives célébrant celui que la communauté Montréalaise du graff appelle son ‘king’.

Certains artistes n’ont pas attendu le départ de Scaner pour le célébrer. Une section au bas de cet article présente des pièces en son honneur créées après que la nouvelle se soit répandue qu’il ne lui restait que peu de temps.

Articles connexes:
gallerie-photo de l’oeuvre de Scaner
Scan You Rock
Time Is Gold


Huge chrome tribute done on an Art Gang wall the weekend of Scaner‘s funeral. According to them, contributors include Kem5, Selek, Bacon, Stare, Tens, Snikr, Smak and Some.

This huge Scaner tribute on an abandoned Plateau house was done a day or two after Scaner passed away. Artists asked to remain anonymous.

Tribute to Scaner by Sober, Benny Wilding, Mersh, Tyke and Sage at the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

One more tribute from the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam, this one by Johste at ground level and Joek above.

Huge tribute produced by Art Gang, desinged by Scaner himself and done by Snipes and Senck.

One more segment of the above Art Gang tribute, this one on the front of the building.

Tribute to Scaner by Casper in Hochelaga. Also visible above is Amonizer.

By Serack in Hochelaga. Presumably also involves Axe.

Kane‘s tribute at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Crazy Apes tribute truck side by Korb done during the 2017 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival. See below for other sides.

The opposite side to the above Crazy Apes tribute truck is by Narc. See below for more.

The back door of the above Crazy Apes tribute truck is by Fezat.

One more Scaner tribute truck from the 2017 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop, this one by K6A artists. This side is by Fleo, scroll down for the other sides.

This is Monk.e‘s side of the above K6A tribute truck to Scaner. See below for more.

The back of the above K6A tribute truck to Scaner was done by Earth Crusher / Dré.

Tribute by Axe in the South West.

Tribute by Astro at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. If you look closely you can make out the letters of Scan‘s name amongst the characters.
(Also visible above is an older piece by Kare)

Chrome tribute by Tuna on an abandoned Plateau house.

Chrome tribute in the Plateau, artist unidentified.

Tribute by Meor in a Plateau alley.

Pest doing Scaner‘s iconic Mr Can Do at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Clever tribute to Scaner by Arek found at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Chrome tribute to Scaner by Ekual in an abandoned place in Côte des Neiges.

Tribute by Lect found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Tribute by an unidentified writer, found at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Tribute by Lost Claws in the form of a wheatpaste beneath one of Scaner‘s Mr Can Do’s.

Sticker tribute, unidentified artist.


Before

Some artists did not wait for Scaner to be gone before celebrating him. This section features pieces honouring him after the news came out that he was terminally ill.

Certains artistes n’ont pas attendu le départ de Scaner pour le célébrer. Cette section présente des pièces en son honneur créées après que la nouvelle se soit répandue qu’il ne lui restait que peu de temps.

Tribute by Yekso whilst in town for the 2017 edition of Under Pressure.

By Shok in an empty lot.

Monk.e on letters and Tibúron on character, in Rosemont.

Small piece by Persue dedicated to Scaner, next to an actual throw by the celebrated artist.

Skor doing Scaner‘s name at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. This was actually done a bit more than a year before Scaner passed away.

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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

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.

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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.

Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pasted street art (wheatpastes, stickers, woodups, mosaics, etc) of 2016 in Montreal. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

It was a rather quiet year for stickers. Many of our slappers were out of town for extended periods of time or were just busy with work and the rest of their life. Also, the city was more quick in removing and painting over stickers. Meanwhile, the medium of wheatpasting was more popular than before, particularly during the period of May to July. Consequently, the list this year features many more wheatpastes and fewer stickers than before.

It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it is impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few much-loved artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures oeuvres de street art collé (collages, autocollants, wood-ups, mosaiques, etc) de 2016 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

2016 a été une année tranquille pour les autocollants. Plusieurs de nos artistes s’adonnant à ce medium ont été absents une bonne partie de l’année et d’autres étaient occupés à autre chose. De plus, la ville s’est donnée en 2016 une politique plus aggressive contre cette forme d’expression artistique. Entre-temps, beaucoup d’artistes locaux se sont mis aux collages et plusieurs colleurs étrangers sont passés par Montréal, particulièrement de mai à juillet. Conséquemment, cette année cette liste inclut beaucoup plus de collages et moins d’autocollants que d’habitude.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par quelques artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 pièces graffitis de 2016


52Hz wheatpastes (fish). Also visible on the right is one by Swarm, scroll down for her Top 100 entries under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’.

Arnold for MTL En Arts. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by Arnold (under ‘203 Crew’).

A few of these heads by Biko were found on information panels and art boards during Mural Festival. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 post for more by Biko.

A Chat Perdu wheatpaste on one of this year’s most heated debates.

CSRK514 wheatpaste.

CSRK514 wheatpaste. Variations exist.

CSRK514 wheatpaste.

D7606 paste-up, variations exist.

D7606 paste-up montage, variations of each one exist.

Deuxben de Rennes paid us a visit this year and left about a dozen wheatpaste around the city, including this much photographed one.

Another well-positioned wheatpaste by Deuxben de Rennes.

Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste.

Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste.

A Dial M wheatpaste over a painted door, done during the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Dolly Deals paste-up; many variations have been found.

Elsol25 put up a few posters during Mural Festival, including this one and the 2 below. The wheatpaste on the right is one of the year’s variations on Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll down to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly Top 100.

Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival.

Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival.

This Mural Festival installation was put together by Fafi.

Flavor wheatpaste, sticker versions also exist. Scroll down for more by Flavor under ‘ROC514’.

Wheatpastes by Futur Lasor Now (left) and Swarm (right). Scroll down for more by Swarm.

Futur Lasor Now wheatpaste also found as a sticker.

GBomb ‘tribute’ to the new American first lady.

Gial wheatpaste.

Gial wheatpaste.

Gial wheatpaste.

Kafka Is Famous wheatpaste.

Kafka Is Famous and Virgilio Aponte collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll down this list for a collaboration with Enzo Sarto.

Kat poster installation.

Kat poster.

A very powerful Kat poster installation. Notice the red ‘blood’ stains.

Kat poster.

Labrona wheatpaste found in a Plateau alley.

Labrona poster in Hochelaga.

Labrona (top left) and Gawd (bottom right) wheatpastes. Both of these artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Leyla Is On Fire wheatpaste, variations exist.

Lily Luciole has unfortunately left Montreal for Paris this year, but we still got some great work of hers before her departure.

Lily Luciole poster.

Lily Luciole poster.

Lily Luciole poster.

Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste.

Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste.

Mateo poster for MTL En Arts.

Mateo wheatpaste in Mile End. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 post for more by Mateo.

Rey Midax paste-up.

(Above three photos) Rey Midax wheatpastes. At least seven different variations have been spotted, they all count as one entry. Only three are displayed here, check out this earlier post for the whole series.

For this year’s edition of Under Pressure, artist Shelley Miller created this mural piece from azulejo tiles made out of sugar. The tiles were prepared and painted beforehand, then pasted to the wall using a sugar mix.

This is Miss Me‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, one of two huge wheatpastes put up this year (scroll down to Stikki Peaches for the other one).

Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series.

Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series.

Brilliant montage by Miss Me for MTL En Arts.

Mono Sourcil wheatpaste in Hochelaga. Mono Sourcil has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 list.

Mr Chose wood-up found in Mile End.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

Nessie aka Nese sculpture installed in the Festival Mural zone during the festival. Hundreds have actually photographed the Earth Crusher piece next to it and only noticed this little sculpture in their shot later on.

A wheatpaste signed by Ocboo23(?).

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste. Also visible over the piece are two of Swarm‘s portals. Scroll up/down for her Top 100 entries under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’.

ROC514 (right) and Flavor (left) wheatpaste combo found in Mile End.

A much noticed and much photographed well-placed Enzo Sarto wheatpaste.

Enzo Sarto / Kafka Is Famous collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll up for more by Kafka Is Famous.

Enzo Sarto poster.

Enzo Sarto paste-up found in a few locations.

SBU One and MSHL collaborative wheatpaste installation. Many other variations have been spotted in various parts of the city. SBU One has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Sloast wheatpaste (in white). The aqua green paste-up in the top corner is an older one by Zola, scroll down to the bottom of this post for the latter artist’s own entries in this yearly best of list.

Sloast wheatpaste.

Sloast wheatpaste.

So Free So paste-up found in the Cité du Multimédia.

Starkey (left) and Waxhead (right) wood-ups found in Mile End. Scroll down for another wood-up and two stickers by Waxhead.

Starkey wood-up.

Starkey wood-up.

Stay Beautiful posters (top). Many variations exist, but I chose to display these two because of the nice pairing with this Detto wheatpaste (bottom).

Stay Beautiful poster, variations exist.

Huge Stikki Peaches wheatpaste installed overnight during Mural Festival.

Another Stikki Peaches wheatpaste which popped up in the Mural Festival zone during the festival.

This new variation on a previously seen Stikki Peaches design was much noticed when it went up in Little Italy this autumn.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste found around Little Italy.

Swarm wheatpaste in a Mile End alley.

Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End. Scroll up for one more by Swarm under ‘Futur Lasor Now’.

Toxic Theriac paste-up.

Toxic Theriac paste-up.

Toxic Theriac sticker. This design was also spotted as a wheatpaste.

Waxhead wood-up created with some help from Starkey. More from these two under ‘Starkey’ above.

Waxhead sticker.

Waxhead sticker. Waxhead has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Benny Wilding paste-up montage found in a Mile End alley. Wilding has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

XRAY wood-up found near the Quartier des Spectacles. XRAY has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Swiss artist Ygrek was in town during the month of July and produced at least 30 of these tape tags (as well as a few painted pieces) during his stay here. This one and the three below are the best of these original creations in which tape is woven into the mesh of fences to create the artist’s name, words, logos or abstract designs.

Ygrek tape tagging.

Ygrek tape tagging.

Ygrek tape tagging.

A Zola wheatpaste about one of the year’s biggest social causes.

Another militant wheatpaste by Zola. The skull wheatpaste visible on the right is by Rey Midax who also made it into this yearly best of (scroll up to the latter artist’s name for info).

Set of wheatpastes by an unidentified artist.

This mosaic next to a Petite-Patrie bike path was not signed.

The Christmas wheatpaste on the left makes it into this yearly list. The artist has not been identified, but it is not Stikki Peaches as many have speculated. The wheatpaste on the right is one of the year’s variations on Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll up to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly Top 100.

Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2016. From a long list of over 1000, I created a ‘short’ list of 250 which I painstakingly trimmed down to the 100 seen below. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few well-loved writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two, three or four artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 100 pieces!).

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures pièces de graffiti produites en 2016 à Montréal. Une première sélection de plus de 1000 pièces a servi à produire une liste ‘courte’ de 250 que j’ai graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, réduite aux 100 pièces présentées ci-dessous. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà assez difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux, trois ou quatre artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à inclure quelques pièces de plus!).

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 collages street art de 2016


This is 123Klan‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Scien and Klor at ground level, plus guests Zek (top right) and Mark Esprit (top left). Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some more work by Zek. The latter artist also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

The 203 crew’s wall in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold. Solo entries by Lyfer, Ekes and Naimo are found below under their respective names. Naimo also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 while Arnold made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

More from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, a combo of Acro (top) and Distort (bottom).

(Above two photos) In the spring, before putting together the Plaza Walls project, the AG Crew came up with this wall in a Plaza St-Hubert back alley. The first photo shows Senk’s half and the second one shows Snipes. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by the latter artists.

Apashe at a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Apashe in Dorval.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga was redone this autumn by Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right). Scroll down for more by Zek and Shadow. All four artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Awe‘s part in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. More by Awe under ‘Lyfer’ below.

Axe (left) and Fleo (right) in Côte St-Paul. The Serack piece above is a few years old. More by Axe under ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’ below. Scroll down as well for more by Fleo in solo as well as with K6A. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Two sides of Bacon for Plaza Walls: figurative at ground level and letters on the roof.

Beaf at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Block in Rosemont.

Bosny playing games with our perception, in Rosemont. More by Bosny under ‘Pask’ below.

Cemz aka Benny Wilding for Plaza Walls. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Crane in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. Bombing Science filmed the making of this piece, check it out on Youtube. More by Crane under ‘Crazy Apes’ and ‘Naimo’ below.

(4 photos above) The long Crazy Apes wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival is shown over the four photos above. Letters are by Havok (1st photo), Akuma One (2nd photo), Crane (3rd photo) and Mistx (4th photo). Characters are by Fezat (mostly to the left) and Korb (mostly to the right). Akuma One and Korb also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

EK Sept at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. More by this writer below under ‘POM’.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ekes doing the name of his buddy Aero in Rosemont. More by Ekes under ‘203 crew’ near the top of this post.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont. More by Eskro (under ‘Apok’ and ‘Astred Collective’) in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Five Eight and Dré aka Earth Crusher for Plaza Walls. Both artists are also featured in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Fleo in St-Henri. More by him above under ‘Axe’ and below under ‘K6A’.

F.One at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Glare was in town very early in the year and left us this piece.

Grab also visited us, this is one of the few pieces he did whilst in town.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Check out also the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a mural by this artist/writer.

HoarKor aka HRKR in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. The duo has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Jaker at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

(Above two photos) The Jaws (top) and Kzam (bottom) pieces above count as one entry. These were found in Hochelaga.

Jmoe and Timer at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Jmoe is also featured below on characters alongside pieces by Killa EF and Legal.

K6A‘s wall is always one of the highlights of the Under Pressure Festival and this year was no exception. Their 2016 creation features Axe (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right). More by Axe under his own name and under ‘Naimo’. More by Fleo under ‘Axe’ and under his own name. More by Fluke under ‘Zek’ at the bottom of this post. Axe and Dodo Osé are also in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

It’s always a treat when Kemr pays us a visit. Here’s a great piece done on a Plateau wall curated by 123Klan.

Killa EF on the side of a garage in Monkland Village. The Darth Vader character is by Jmoe (scroll up for letters by him, under his name). The front of this garage also made it into this Top 100, check it out below under ‘Legal’.

Koal on a St-Henri production curated by SPK. More by Koal in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016, under ‘Bosny’.

Combo of Koes/Kues (left) and Pane (right) found in a dark abandoned spot.

We were blessed with this majestic graff mural by Kwest especially for Plaza Walls.

(Above two photos) Kwun (top) and Peace (bottom) in Little Italy. Scroll down for more by Peace.

Lamo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character. Check out Killa EF above for the side of this Monkland Village garage.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character, at Plaza Walls.

Legal in Little Italy.

Liza in Rosemont.

Lyfer in Côte des Neiges.

Lyfer on side and Awe on back of this truck redone during the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival. More by Lyfer under ‘203 Crew’ near the top of this post. Awe has also made it in this recap with his own letters, scroll up to his name.

(Above three photos) Mad Rats Crew production in Rosemont featuring the crew’s Bopor (1st photo) and Gaulois (3rd photo), with guest Peyo in between. Scroll down for some solo work by the latter writer.

Some off-Mural work by Meor.

Mersh for Plaza Walls.

Ms Teri in Monkland Village. She has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

(Three photos above) This PSC legal graffiti wall production features Naimo (1st photo), Crane (2nd photo) and Royal (3rd photo), with characters by Axe. More by Crane under his own name and under ‘Crazy Apes’ above. More by Axe under his own name and under ‘K6A’. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Naimo in the Plateau.

Naimo in the Plateau. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a collaboration with Sermob.

Narc in Rosemont.

Narc at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Noper on the wall of this Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Pask and Bosny in Plateau End. Scroll up this post for some solo work by Bosny and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for some more work by him.

Pask on a St-Henri production curated by SPK.

Peace in a Rosemont alley. Scroll up for more Peace under ‘Kwun’.

Peyo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peyo in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by this writer under ‘Mad Rats Crew’.

(Above two photos) This Hochelaga spring mural by the POM crew is split over two photos. The first half shows a dino by Elfu and letters by Aces (ground) and Serum (top). The second half shows letters by EK Sept. Scroll up for some solo work by EK Sept and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by Elfu.

Raes on a Mile End garage door.

Raes in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Raes in Rosemont.

HTU’s Saner (letters) and Koni (characters) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in Hochelaga.

Scribe mural in Rosemont.

Scribe‘s contribution to panels for the Percussion Festival in Verdun.

Truck side by Shadow done during the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop block party. Scroll up to the near-top of this page under ‘A’Shop’ for more Shadow. The artist has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Shok at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Shok at the Project45 skatepark.

Sino at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Skam at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Skor under some bridge.

Skor in a Parc-Ex alley.

Skor in a Ahuntsic alley.

Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Skor also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 with a figurative piece.

Whilst in town OG Slick contributed this piece to a Plateau wall curated by 123Klan.

This great wall done during this year’s Lachine jam features Snok (top left), Ason (bottom left), Mask (top right) and Yema (bottom right). Scroll down for more Snok and Ason under ‘Vogue’.

Stare in Centre=Sud.

Stare in Mile-End.

Stare in Hochelaga.

Stare gold at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Thief in Hochelaga.

Trace also paid us a visit this year. He did this piece in a production curated by Monk.e in a Hochelaga alley.

Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Another one by Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall, this time with the help of Snikr on the fish.

Venise in Rosemont.

(Above three photos) This summer production in Rosemont featured Vogue (1st photo), Ason (2nd photo) and Snok (3rd photo). Scroll up for more by Ason and Snok under ‘Snok’.

Vogue in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Zek in Hochelaga. The figurative piece next to it is by Tchug and is found in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Zek (left) and Fluke (right) for Plaza Walls. Scroll up for more Fluke under ‘K6A’ and more Zek under ‘A’Shop’.

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.


figurative work

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.

2017 ad for a show by Martin Perizzolo.

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.


letters

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.

Zek

Zek is an institution in both the Montreal graffiti and street art scenes. He started doing graffiti in 1993 and eventually moved on to figurative art. Being decicated to his work and immensely talented in both art forms, he gradually forged his way into the Montreal urban art hall of fame, respected by his fellow writers for his style and loved by fans of street art for the photorealism of his figurative work.

Zek is one of the few writers/artists of his generation still very active. It is no surprise that he has helped shape and define the Montreal scene, having been cited as an influence by so many writers and artists who came after him. He is very involved with A’Shop, not just as an artist but also as a project supervisor. He also collaborates with other artists on multi-writer graffiti murals and does a lot of solo work as well.

For more on this internationally renowned Montreal pillar, check out Zekone.com and Zek’s Instagram. His collaborative work with other A’Shop artists can be seen on A’Shop webpage.

Zek est une institution des scènes de graffiti et de street art à Montréal. Il a découvert le graffiti en 1993 et ceci l’a éventuellement mené à l’art mural figuratif. Grâce à son talent et sa persévérance il a graduellement pris sa place au temple de la renommée de l’art urbain montréalais. Il est respecté par ses pairs du milieu du graffiti pour son style, et admiré des amateurs de street art pour le photoréalisme de son art figuratif.

Zek est un des quelques artistes de sa génération qui sont toujours actifs. Ayant été cité comme une influence par de nombreux graffeurs qui l’ont suivi, il a contribué à façonner la scène et le style montréalais. Il fait partie du collectif A’Shop, non seulement en tant qu’artiste mais aussi comme directeur de projets. Il collabore souvent à des murales multi-artistes et travaille aussi à l’occasion en solo.

Pour plus d’information sur ce pilier montréalais de réputation internationale, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à Zekone.com et Instagram. Ses collaborations avec le collectif A’Shop se trouvent dans les galleries-photos du site web d’A’Shop.

figurative work, solo

Beautiful piece in Monkland village.

Figurative/letter mix in Montreal West.

Another figurative/letter combo, this one downtown.

Zek’s half of a wall also featuring Hsix (not pictured) in Montreal West.

On one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Plateau back alley.

In Montreal West.

This one of three trackside murals in NDG by A’Shop was done by Zek.

figurative work, with collaborators

This iconic and internationally renowned Montreal mural by A’Shop features Fluke, Axe, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

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

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

Tribute mural to Bad News Brown by A’Shop featuring Saer, Fluke and Zek.

A’Shop mural in Hochelaga featuring Zek and Dodo Osé.

A’Shop mural in Côte des Neiges featuring Dré, Dodo Osé and Zek.

Zek and Dodo Osé for A’Shop in Ahuntsic.

This A’Shop mural for the Mercier library features Zek, Dodo Osé and Ankh One. Photo © A’Shop.

This A’Shop wall on a Verdun high school was designed and created by Zek, with Monk.e as an assistant.

This Trife Life / Dfek garage door features Zek.

A’Shop mural designed by Fluke and done by Zek and Benny Wilding.

Zek, Simo, Fiuser and Swarm in the Plateau.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 1/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 2/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 3/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 4/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 5/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 6/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 7/7.

Zek and Hsix in NDG, complete wall. See details below.

Detail #1 of the Zek and Hsix wall in NDG shown above.

Detail #2 of the Zek and Hsix wall in NDG shown above.

Long wall in Hochelaga for A’Shop, with Monk.e as an assistant. See below for 2 close-ups.

Close-up 1/2 of the long Hochelaga wall above.

Close-up 2/2 of the long Hochelaga wall above.

graffiti

Zek’s part in the Time Is Gold production.

In a Plateau alley.

From a K6A and friends jam in St-Henri.

With Axe, Awe and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

From the Scan You Rock mega-jam in the South West.

In upper Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On truck side for the 2016 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. The back is by Zek with Shadow who did the opposite side of this truck.

The 123Klan contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features guests Mark Esprit (top left) and Zek (top right).

Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right) on the A’Shop wall in Hochelaga.

Zek’s final piece of 2016.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Zek from a Hochelaga production also featuring Tchug (right) and Stare (not in photo).

From a Hochelaga production also featuring Trace and Monk.e (not in photo).

From A’Shop‘s Chemin Vert block party in Mile-End.

With Fluke on the right at Plaza Walls.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

In Côte des Neiges.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek’s part in a 123Klan production in Plateau End.

In an alley prior to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

In Rosemont.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

For a block party in Mile End.

On a park’s garbage bin.

Doing A’Shop‘s name on a park’s garbage bin.

Zek letters at the bottom of a Plateau mural by Hsix.

On a Plaza St-Hubert roof.

In a Plateau alley.

Zek letters in the middle of a mural also featuring Mark Esprit, Hsix, Dcae and Dekor for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In the Plateau.

Zek’s part in a 123Klan / A’Shop wall in the Plateau.

In a Rosemont alley.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above is Aces.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen (ground level).

Cat by Axe between letters by Zek (left) and Scaner (right) in Centre-Sud.

Near TMR.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In Pointe St-Charles.

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

Zek on letters and Tchug on creature in this segment of a Plateau wall also featuring Stare (not pictured here).

This segment of a KG wall in Hochelaga shows Zek on the left and Stare (doing KG) on the right.

Part of a wall in Centre-Sud also featuring Stare and Tchug (not pictured).

In Centre-Sud.

Serak (left) and Zek (right) in Griffintown.

On truck side.

Opposite side to the above also presumably by Zek.

In Montreal West.

In Montreal West.

On a multi-artist Plateau wall.

In Monkland Village.

Near TMR.

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

Detail of a multi-artist wall in NDG.

Zek (ground bottom left) and Earth Crusher (ground bottom right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Zek (left letters) and Hsix in Hochelaga.

Zek (left letters) and Hsix in NDG.