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Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2021. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from 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.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations
Retrospective of 2021 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2021 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés 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 2021 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2021 street art collé et installations
Retrospective 2021 graffiti


Adida Fallen Angel‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Aldarwin on a fence in Hochelaga.

Alors painted dozens and dozens of her bright colourful flowers all over the city in 2021, here’s a double one found in Hochelaga.

Ankh One mural downtown.

Arpi‘s wall painted off the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Arpi in St-Henri.

Above 2 photos: two angles of a Arpi piece in St-Henri.

Art Du Commun mural in Lachine.

Art Du Commun mural in Pointe St-Charles.

Astro in Hochelaga.

Above 3 photos: Beaf and Mask collaboration in Lachine.
Beaf and Mask each also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti with solo graffiti pieces.

Omar Bernal‘s part in a multi-artist mural in Hochelaga.

Omar Bernal mural in Mercier.

Omar Bernal at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Omar Bernal in Verdun.

Bryan Beyung and MSHL collaboration in Pointe St-Charles.
Scroll down to the latter artist’s name as well as to ‘Gentil Crew’ for more work in this retrospective.

Detail of Bibi Una from a multi-artist mural in Hochelaga. The small character visible bottom left is by Max.

Bibi Una in a Plateau alley.

Birdo‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Mural Festival.

Mix of paint and mosaics by Borrris and Melanie Stuy in NDG.

Borrris in an abandoned building.

Borrris in an abandoned building.

Bosny‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Scroll down to ‘Gentil Crew’ for more work by Bosny in this retrospective.
He is also a graffiti artist and some of his letter work has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Danae Brissonnet mural in the Village.

Above 2 photos: a pair of pieces by Cryote in the Plateau.

Raphael Dairon‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

DMT in an abandoned tunnel.
A collaboration between him and Deep has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘Deep’).

Dodo Osé and LNK‘s collaboration for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Dodo Osé in Lachine.
Dodo has also contributed to the K6A wall at Under Pressure and therefore appears in the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘K6A’).

Ekes and Marchandise TT‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle

Ekes and Marchandise TT‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Ekes has of course made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Emerge mural in Petite-Patrie.

Eskro, Resok, Joh and Coler‘s collaboration for the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Eskro and Resok both have solo work into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Filco‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Filco in a Hochelaga alley.

Filco on the wall of a Villeray school.

Fleo‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Fleo is also a graffiti artist, find some of his letter work in the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (solo under his name as well as in collaboration under ‘K6A’).

Fluke mural in Lasalle, assisted by Five Eight.

Above 2 photos: Pascal Foisy‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. The first photo is the actual shot, the second one shows the piece in negative, as it was painted by the artist in reverse.

Viviane Fortin in Hochelaga.
She also appears on the Rude crew wall seen further down this list.

Frog in the Plateau.

Gallium featuring JKL Two on the blue dragon and a collaboration of Waxhead and Labrona on the door. In Villeray.
Scroll down to Waxhead and Labrona for more work by these artists in this retrospective. Waxhead also has work under ‘Grils’.

The Gentil Crew‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring MSHL, Bosny, SBU One, Loopkin, Le Monstr, Diane Roe, Maylee Keo, Tshokodile and Nikki Küntzle. Check out the latter Under Pressure link for close-ups.
MSHL, Bosny, SBU One, Tshoko and Nikki Küntzle all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Loopkin and Tshoko each have more work here under ‘Rude’, MSHL under ‘Beyung’ and Le Monstr under ‘MSHL’.

Grils in Hochelaga.

Grils in Ville Emard.

This huge Villeray mural was painted by multiple artists at the invitation of Grils and LNA.
Ground level from left to right: a snail by Grils over a background by LP Montoya, Hary on the box, a door by Waxhead surrounded by E’s from EK Sept, a platypus-like creature designed by Hozek and painted by Grils, the central character by LNA, a name piece by Hoar with a creature by Salamanca, and a lizard by Hary.
Upper level from left to right: a turbine-like creature by Alex Boya, a squirrel by Amer over a calligraphy background by Rizek and the rest all by Grils.
Hary also made it into this retrospective alongside his Lama brothers, scroll down to ‘Lama’ to view. Waxhead has more work here under his name and under ‘Gallium’. Scroll down to LNA for more work by this artist as well.
Grils, Hary, EK Sept, Hoar, Rizek and Amer also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (Amer under ‘LTG’ and ‘TRU’, others under their name).

Hest in a Hochelaga alley.

Hest in a Rosemont alley.
Hest is one of this city’s best graffiti artist, it is no surprise that some of his letter work also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

I Hate Stencils stencil in St-Henri.

Izabelle Duguay mural in Mile Ex.

Tribute mural to Marie-Soleil Tougas by Jetset in St-Henri.

River June and Henri Papy collaboration for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Nikki Küntzle‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Nikki Küntzle‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Scroll up to ‘Gentil Crew’ for more work by Nikki in this retrospective.

Labrona mural in Hochelaga.
Scroll up to ‘Gallium’ and down to ‘Waxhead’ for more work by Labrona in this retrospective.
Labrona is also a pasting artist, check out the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations for some wheatpastes.

Above 4 photos: Lama‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Hary from this collective also contributed to a huge wall in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

Kevin Ledo‘s mural in Petite-Patrie. The subject of the piece is his young child.

Lino in a Hochelaga alley.
Lino guested on the TRU wall at Under Pressure in 2021, check out the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti under ‘TRU’ to view.

Collaboration of LNA, Moule and Abir on a community centre in Côte des Neiges.
Moule has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.
Both she and LNA made stickers in 2021, some of them have made it into the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations.

LNA in Villeray.
She painted the central character of a huge multi-artist wall in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

Lost Claws on a Plateau rooftop.

Lost Claws in Petite-Patrie.
Lost Claws is also a pasting artist, check out the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations for some wheatpastes.

Maliciouz‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Mart‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
She has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view.

Medusa in a Mile End alley.
She has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.
Collaborations with Deep have made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘Deep’).

Monk.e and Luvs‘ contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Monk.e‘s tribute to rapper Jeune Loup in Hochelaga.

Monk.e in Rosemont.

Monk.e in the Plateau.
He has also painted calligraphy as a background to a mural by Turf One, scroll down to view.
Being one of this city’s best graffiti artist, some of his letter work is also found in the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Mono Sourcil in Hochelaga.
She has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.

MSHL and Le Monstr collaboration in Hochelaga.
Both artists have contributed to the Gentil crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to view.

MSHL mural in Ville-Marie.
MSHL also collaborated on a mural with Bryan Beyung in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

This collaboration of Origami Explorateur, Allegoria, Her and 3CLO5 at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel on the 50th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison had people constantly stopping to take photos.
Her has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.

Above 2 photos: Julian Palma‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Pane and Regar‘s collaboration for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Pane and Regar in an abandoned building.
Pane also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Paynt in a Hochelaga alley.
Paynt also contributed to the LTG/POM/H2K wall at Under Pressure which has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Above 3 photos: this year Peru143 painted this long Hochelaga wall with what is now the longest mural in Canada (there is barely any overlap in the 3 shots above, they add up to the complete 150-meter wall).
Peru also collaborated with Zek and Deep on a huge mural in this retrospective, scroll down to Zek’s name to see.

Polographe painted a number of fantastic creatures at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel in 2021. It would be nice now to see him move to painting murals that would stay a bit longer!

Polographe at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Repus

Above 2 photos: the all-female Rude Crew wall for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle (in 2 shots because it is very long) featuring, from left to right, Tshokodile, Loopkin, Her, Mart, Medusa, Moule, Kawaz (on ‘Rude’ header), Lora, Mono Sourcil, Sam’19, Mos Geez, Viviane Fortin.
Tshoko, Mart, Medusa, Mono Sourcil and Viviane Fortin all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Loopkin and Tshoko contributed to the Gentil Crew wall above. Her collaborated on a wall with Origami Explorateur while Moule collaborated with LNA, scroll up to see each one of these collaborations.

Double layers of SBU One on a bridge pillar.
SBU also contributed to the Gentil Crew wall higher up in this list.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Seork‘s part on a space-themed multi-artist mural in the Plateau.
Seork also contributed to the LTG/POM/H2K wall at Under Pressure which has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Rafael Sottolichio‘s huge downtown mural painted with assistance from Bosny, Nikki Küntzle, MSHL, Diane Roe and Julian Palma, amongst others.

Tshokodile in an abandoned building.
She has collaborated on the Gentil crew and the Rude crew walls above, scroll up for that.
She has also contributed to the TRU wall at Under Pressure which has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Above 2 photos: Turf One over a calligraphy background by Monk.e in Petite-Patrie.
Monk.e has solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to view that.

Waxhead featuring Labrona on the door, in a Plateau alley.

Waxhead and Labrona collaboration in a Plateau alley.
These artists have another collaboration in this retrospective, scroll up to ‘Gallium’ to view. Waxhead also painted a door in a multi-artist production visible under ‘Grils’. Labrona also made it into this retrospective with a solo mural, see it under this name.

Benny Wilding in Petite-Patrie.
He is one of this city’s finest graffiti artists and has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins and Anik Favreau in Rosemont.

Zek mural in NDG with Peru143 on colour letters as well as Deep.
Peru also painted a solo wall which made it into this retrospective, scroll up to view.
Zek and Deep are both also graffiti artists and have made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti with letter pieces.

Zek mural in Ville-Marie.

Zen in Rosemont.

Zen in a Plateau alley.
Zen is also a master of 3D graffiti and some of his work has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

A mandala-style mural featuring some graffiti by Zep in Rosemont.
A name piece by Zep has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Zola‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Zola is also a pasting artist, check out the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations for some wheatpastes.

Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2020 that were created in a studio, then pasted, glued, screwed in or cemented into a public place. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from 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.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per person. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2020 à Montréal, créées en studio avant d’être collées, vissées ou fixées dans le ciment dans un endroit public. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés 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 2020 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2020 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2020 graffiti


Poster by Adi.

One of many different small paste-ups by Adi. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

One of many plant/insect designs by Laurence Bélanger.

A paste-up by Laurence Bélanger.

One of many pasted head pieces by Bodegas.

One more paste-up by Bodegas.

Poster by Bubzee and Kali Spitzer.

A beautiful wheatpaste by Bubzee.

A pasted collaboration between Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A poster by Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A small poster from Cam. Similar variations in different colours have also been found.

This one is the most beautiful of the Black Lives Matter posters put up by Maya Cardin.

One of many small paste-ups by Cess Pool.

Nivanh Chanthara hit the streets of Montreal for the first time near the end of the year and managed to paste between 15 and 20 pieces in the year’s final few weeks.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

A typical Montreal citizen in transit, by CSRK. Found in Mile End.

CSRK found in Petite-Patrie.

CSRK inspired by the Covid19 pandemic.

A small wood-up by Flavor.

Laurent Gascon has been coming up with a new broken tile mosaics honouring a local artist every year since 2009. This 2020 mural, his 13th, features Renée Claude, a québécoise singer who passed away from Covid19 in May.

Above 2 photos: Huile d’Olive pasted these posters from the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, they were the very first pieces of public art addressing the subject. The posters were made in French or English, in a variation of colours. Huile d’Olive has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Irritated Eye wheatpaste that appeared on St-Laurent shortly after the death of George Floyd, when the subject of police brutality inspired many artists to create.

Junko installed around Mile End a handful of impressive large pieces made of reclaimed materials during the final weeks of the year. Check the latter link for more photos.

One more creation by Junko made from reclaimed materials. Again, have a look at the latter link for more angles.

A set of 2 Know Self wheatpastes coloured on location. These were found in a Mile End alley. The bottom piece was added to the top one after a few weeks.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, colour added on location.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, painted on location.

A set of pieces by Kyoto Coyote.

Labrona was very active during the first part of the year. This is one of many pasted pieces I found over 2020.

One more pasted piece by Labrona, this one from a series inspired by Picasso. Labrona has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

“Wet’suwet’en Strong”, a small paste-up by LMNOPI.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Water Is Life”.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Land Back”.

This punny wheatpaste by Lost Claws put up in April was very likely inspired by the Covid19 pandemic (Six Feet Away / Six Feet Under).

This is Lost Claws taking a dig at a street artist whose work is found right next to it (one corner is visible in this shot).

A touching tribute by Lost Claws to his cat which had just passed away.

Something a bit different from Lost Claws. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Above 8 photos: While the streets of Montreal were deserted at the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, Louis Letters decided to take the 36 Days Of Type challenge outside. The 36 Days Of Type Challenge invites designers and graphic artists to create their own versions of the letters A to Z then the numbers 0 to 9. The creations are usually posted on Instagram, but Louis Letters had the great idea of bringing his creations to the street, photograph them in situ and then post them. The photos above show the letters N,O, R, T, U, V, W and X.

A small paste-up by Louis Letters stating “Police Kills”. Ironically, a policeman sitting in his car was watching me as I photographed this piece!

A Black Lives Matter poster by Louis Letters. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A small paste-up by Maika.

A small paste-up by Maika.

An installation by Makenoize in a Plateau alley.

A small paste-up by Marine Martinelli put up at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Marine has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A large wheatpaste by Mirov on a Plateau alley garage door.

A tall Miss Me wheatpaste in a Rosemont alley.

Miss Me in Mile End.

A small Missprints paste-up put up when the subject of police brutality was trending.

A M’Os Geez wheatpaste. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Fay Nix in Hochelaga.

Fay Nix in Hochelaga.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A wheatpaste by le Pleurnicheur.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found downtown.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found in the Old Port.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found on a boarded up Plateau house.

A small paste-up by SciWalkArt. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A poster by Shame.

A poster by Shame.

Here’s a 50 x 50 tile installation by Shelley Miller inspired by the first wave of the Covid19 pandemic. The colours each represent a different Montreal borough (in percentage of cases), and each column represents a day, for 50 days. It therefore shows how in the early days of the pandemic (left of the piece), the relative evolution of boroughs was quite different, but after 35 days (right of the piece), everything seemed to stabilize. More info from the artist’s account via the above link.

Above 2 photos: two Shifty Cat posters put up near the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic.

A collaboration between Sinister Kid and Sloast.

Sloast in the McGill Ghetto.

A small poster by Stay Beautiful.

A set of 2 small posters by Stay Beautiful.

Stikki Peaches from a run of wheatpastes in June.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Malcolm X found in Ahuntsic.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Martin Luther King found in Ahuntsic.

A set of two wheatpastes by Suriani found in Mile Ex.

One more by Suriani in Mile Ex.

A wheatpaste by Swarm spotted in Mile End.

Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End.

T.B.O.N.S. put up a series of small paste-ups around the Plateau and Mile End. These paste-ups often come as sets, such as the ones shown here.

One more set of small paste-ups by T.B.O.N.S.

Any one of the many dozens of small paste-ups put up by T.B.O.N.S. could have made this retrospective.

Toxic hijacking a cinema poster.

Above 2 photos: Closed and open shots of an installation by Toxic found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

A small poster by Tshoko, variations exist.

One of many sticker/paste-ups put up by Tshoko in 2020. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Another wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Above 4 photos: Covid19 stickers by Waxhead, found in 4 different colours. Waxhead has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Benny Wilding treated us to a few new fake business signs in 2020, here’s one of them.

One more mock business sign by Benny Wilding. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

There’s a great story around this pasted policeman piece by Zola. She had initially contributed a painted anti-police brutality piece on this garage door for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle (still partially visible – click on her name above to view original). Unfortunately, someone who clearly disapproved of her message vandalised the door with black paint, calling her a cretin in the process. She cleverly flipped the topic back by adding the pasted policeman. Socio-political street art at its best!

Heads rolled in 2020, particularly that of the statue of first Canadian prime minister John A Macdonald. Macdonald allowed famine and disease to kill many indigenous people and his government forced some First Nation communities to leave their traditional territories, withholding food until they did so. In August 2020 his statue, which had been sprayed with blood red paint many times, was finally toppled by activists. Shortly after Zola immortalised the moment with this poster.

A wheatpaste by Zola found in Rosemont.

A large wheatpaste by Zola found in the Plateau/Rosemont.

An unidentified artist has pasted around Hochelaga black and white photos of various people of the neighbourhood. This is one of almost a dozen by the same artist which I have been lucky enough to find and photograph.

One more pasted piece by the unidentified Hochelaga artist putting up black and white photos of neighbourhood citizens. This one is of a street musician and the piece was actually put up behind where he usually plays to passersby on Ontario street, prompting many of them to photograph the musician playing in front of this photo of himself.

This wheatpaste of George Floyd was put up in Mile End shortly after the murder that sparked the 2020 Black Lives Matter chapter.

Pieces in this style by an unidentified artist have been found here and there in Hochelaga alleys, in Old Montreal and around St-Laurent. Sometimes found as double sets as shown here, but usually as a single piece.

This wheatpaste by an unidentified artist was found in Petite-Patrie.

Wolf wheatpastes have been found around Petite-Patrie. The artist has not been identified but is presumed to be the same one as the piece above.

A beautiful poster found in Mile End. Artist has not been identified.

Under Pressure Festival 2020

Here’s a photo gallery featuring all the works produced during the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Unlike all other editions, walls in 2020 were painted one after the other from August to October because of social restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For other editions, see the general Under Pressure Festival page.

Cet article-photo présente les oeuvres produites au cours de l’édition 2020 du Festival Under Pressure. Contrairement aux autres éditions, les murs en 2020 ont été peints l’un après l’autre d’août à octobre dans le but de respecter les restrictions sociales découlant de la pandémie de Covid-19. Pour les autres éditions, voir la page générale du Festival Under Pressure.


The 123 Klan wall. Name pieces are by Aiik (top), Scien (ground left) and Klor (ground right). Close-ups on the name pieces are found below.

Close-up on Aiik‘s name piece on the above 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Scien’s name piece on the above 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Klor‘s name piece on the above 123 Klan wall.

Toy-themed collaboration between Hoar, Haks, EK Sept and Nemo.

The huge K6A crew wall featuring Monk.e, Awie, Serak, Fleo, Dodo Osé, Axe Lalime, Royal, Otak, Vect, Arpi, Sims and Osti. Scroll down for close-ups.

The left half of the huge K6A crew wall above.

The right half of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Arpi on the container in front of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Calligraphy by Monk.e and Serak and a bug by Dodo Osé, on the container in front of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Calligraphy by Monk.e and Serak on the container in front of the huge K6A crew wall above. What was written are the names of the K6A crew members.

The LTG/POM crews wall featuring Aces, Grils, Serum, Rizek, Seork, Hozek and Paynt.

Close-up on the right half of the above LTG/POM wall showing Serum, Rizek, Seork, Hozek and Paynt‘s pieces.

Close-up on the left half of the above LTG/POM wall showing Aces and Grils‘ pieces.

Zek‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Enter‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Cemz‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Fathom‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Maysr‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by himself.

Zen‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Timer‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Clok‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Sight‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Collaboration between Wuna and Hest.

The Gentil Crew wall featuring Bosny, Le Monstr, LSNR, Maylee Keo, MSHL, Nikki Küntzle and SBU One.

Scribe

Les Sale Mômes aka Louis Letters on letters and Tshoko on characters.

Fisk and Tizer.

LNA and Moule.

The Under Pressure head piece by Hoar and EK Sept, above a name piece by Malin and a character by Jest.

Close-up on Jest‘s piece from the picture above.

Verbe

Labrona

Peack (the dancing punk guy between Peack’s piece and the Labrona door is an older tribute to ‘Steeve’ by Quermit and Cheeb that has been preserved).

Daur (top left), Keso (bottom left) and Nero (right).

Germ Dee

A very temporary piece by Hoar and EK Sept on a wall space soon after given to another artist.

La Loica

Acrow

Rizek, who also contributed to the LTG/POM wall above.

Luna

Macak

ROC514 and Flavor.

Installation by Makenoize made of used spraypaint cans.

Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2019 that were created in a studio, then pasted, glued, screwed in or cemented into a public place. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from 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.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per person. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2019 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2019 à Montréal, créées en studio avant d’être collées, vissées ou fixées dans le ciment dans un endroit public. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés 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 2019 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2019 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2019 graffiti


A one-off poster by Aldarwin with origami by OrigAMI, put up in a central graffiti alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Aldarwin.

Amadoodle sticker.

Amadoodle sticker.

Amadoodle sticker.

Ad takeover by Bibi Una, one of a handful. This one was found in Plateau End.

One more ad takeover by Bibi Una, this one in the McGill Ghetto.

Bibi Una poster, part of the ad takeover campaign from which the above pieces were put up. Various locations. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Bibi Una.

Cam poster found in Mile End.

Cam poster found in Mile End.

Montage on wood board, presumably by Cam. Found in the Plateau.

Chat Perdu poster, many variations have been found with the same image but different text.

CSRK and ROC514 collaboration wheatpaste found in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by ROC514.

CSRK poster, various locations.

CSRK paste-up, various locations.

CSRK wheatpaste found in Mile End.

Doveria poster found in many locations.

Sara Erenthal paste-up, one of many put up around the Mural zone ahead of the festival.

One more Sara Erenthal paste-up near St-Laurent.

A set of three Sara Erenthal paste-ups in the Mural zone.

Extinction Rebellion poster by Clément de Gaulejac, various locations.

Extinction Rebellion poster, artist uncredited.

Fasi wood-up found in a graffiti alley.

A large Fuser paste-up put up in Mile End.

Fuser sticker.

Fuser sticker, various locations.

Fuser paste-up found in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Fuser.

Hoda poster.

Eli Howey paste-up.

Eli Howey paste-up.

A large Jaker woodup installed on the roof of an industrial building in the South West where it is visible to thousands of highway commuters every day. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Jaker.

Kat poster on one of the info boards for the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

Know Self paste-up.

Know Self paste-up.

Know Self paste-up, variations exist.

Labrona wheatpaste found in the Plateau.

Wheatpastes by Labrona (below) and Gives (above), on St-Laurent.

Wheatpastes by Labrona (left) and M’Os Geez (right), on an abandoned house in Hochelaga. Scroll down for a solo piece by M’Os Geez.

Labrona wheatpaste found on St-Laurent. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Labrona.

Lily Luciole wheatpaste with wool, in Mile End. One of a few variations.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in Chinatown.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in Petite Patrie.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in the Plateau.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in St-Henri. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Lost Claws.

Louis Letters paste-up, one of many variations.

One more Louis Letters paste-up. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Louis Letters.

Madame Gilles poster (left) with a paste-up by Laurence Bélanger (right).

Madame Gilles poster (right) with a paste-up by Laurence Bélanger (left).

Makenoize installation in Chinatown.

A Makenoize piece pasted on an abandoned church.

Makenoize installation in Ville-Marie.

Makenoize installation from the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Ahead of this year’s Mural Festival, Mateo put up a series of stencilled pieces on wallpaper.

One more beautiful stencilled piece by Mateo on wallpaper.

One more beautiful stencilled piece by Mateo on wallpaper.

A unique Mateo piece on a Plateau building. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Mateo.

M.Aw Maw paste-up found in Mile End.

Mirov wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Above 2: Mirov pasted and painted on the box containing one of the city’s public pianos.

Mirov wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Mirov for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

A very unique piece of grass art pasted on a Plateau wall by French environmental artist Mister Ride.

Modest Rocker paste-up.

M’Os Geez paste-up. Scroll up to Labrona for one more piece by M’Os Geez.

National Zombi sticker.

Rage5 paste-up found downtown.

Rage5 paste-up montage downtown.

Rage5 installation in the South West.

Le Renard Fou wheatpaste found in Mile End. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Le Renard Fou.

ROC514 and Flavor collaboration wood-up. Scroll down to Shifty Cat for one more piece by Flavor. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by ROC514 and Flavor together.

ROC514 sticker.

Shifty Cat installation and Flavor wood-up. Each of these artists put up variations of these items around central Montreal at some point during the summer. Scroll up to ROC514 for a collaboration involving Flavor.

Sinister Kid replicated patterns from her work on a construction fence next to the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Solal Comics sticker, many locations.

Starkey wood-up found in the Plateau.

A fake doorbell wood-up put up by Starkey in the Mural zone at the time of the festival.

Stay Beautiful poster found in St-Henri.

Stay Beautiful poster found in St-Henri.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in the South West.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste downtown.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in Mile End.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in Little Italy.

Over the summer, Suriani put up a series of LGBTQ-themed wheatpastes around the Plateau and Mile End. This one was found in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in Mile End. Also visible in the bottom left is a paste-up by Know Self which also made this year-en list (scroll up to view).

A big Victart wheatpaste found in Rosemont.

Waxhead sticker, various locations.

Waxhead sticker, various locations. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Waxhead.

Benny Wilding put up at least a dozen wood pieces around central Montreal over the year. This one was the first of the lot and was put up in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in Mile End. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti (under his alias ‘Cemz’) for more by Benny Wilding.

A new tag sticker by Zek, various locations. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Zek.

Zola wheatpaste found in a Hochelaga alley.

A one-off paste-up by an unidentified artist.

A poster by an unidentified artist, many locations.

A sticker by an unidentified artist.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether

Benny Wilding aka Cemz aka Ether is the ultimate urban artist, having started off as a graffiti writer and then evolved into becoming one of Montreal’s great muralists. He started in 1997 writing ‘Cemz’ and quickly earned the respect of his peers. Around 2004 he switched to writing ‘Ether’ and kept that name for a bit more than a decade. Over 2016, as his career as a muralist started growing significantly, he reverted back to ‘Cemz’ and this is his regular writing name nowadays. His main allegiance over the years has been with the crew TFB, but he’s also in DA, TFO and more recently KG (to name a few), crews that include many of our city’s best writers.

His murals and other figurative pieces are usually mash-ups of various pop-art vintage elements: cartoons, old logos, commercial lettering and other nostalgia-tinged iconography inspired by old ads and catalogues. Most interestingly, they also often include his name-piece, creating a contrast between that warm nostalgia and his wildstyle street side.

To learn more about Benny Wilding, have a look at this great 2018 interview by Mural Festival. To view more than I was able to photograph, and to see his work outside Montreal as well as his studio work, check out BennyWilding.com and follow him on Instagram. Finally, there’s a short bio and photos of work he has done for Ashop in this Ashop bio.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether est le parfait artiste urbain, ayant débuté comme graffeur puis graduellement fait son chemin pour devenir un des grands muralistes de Montréal. Il a débuté en 1997 sous le nom ‘Cemz’ et a rapidement gagné le respect de ses pairs. Aux environs de 2004 il a commencé à écrire ‘Ether’ et a conservé ce nom pour une douzaine d’années. Au cours de l’année 2016, alors que sa carrière de muraliste prenait de l’essor, il a repris le nom ‘Cemz’ et c’est ce nom qu’il utilise de nos jours pour ses pièces de graffiti. Sa principale affiliation au fil des années a été avec le crew TFB, mais il fait aussi partie de DA, TFO et plus récemment KG (pour n’en nommer que quelques uns), des crews incluant plusieurs des meilleurs graffeurs de Montréal.

Ses murales et autres pièces figuratives combinent généralement divers éléments pop-art vintages tels que des personnages de bandes dessinées, des logos, du graphisme commercial ainsi que des personnage ou objets tirés de vieilles pubs ou de vieux catalogues. Fait intéressant, ses grandes créations incluent aussi son nom en plein milieu, mettant ainsi en contraste le coté nostalgique et réconfortant de l’iconographie vintage avec la modernité de son graffiti wildstyle.

Pour en apprendre plus sur Benny Wilding, vous êtes invités à lire cette entrevue pour Festival Mural datant de 2018. Pour voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, particulièrement ses oeuvres hors-Montréal ainsi que son travail en studio, jetez un coup d’oeil à BennyWilding.com et suivez-le sur Instagram. Enfin, une courte biographie et des photos de son travail pour Ashop se trouvent sur le site d’Ashop.


Benny Wilding

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 Petite-Patrie.

This is the left half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This is the right half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This tribute to local Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown incorporates a Cemz letter piece.