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Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2015. 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 writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2015 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2015 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 2015 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 graffeurs 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:
Rétrospective 2015 street art collé
Rétrospective 2015 graffiti


Family portrait in a Plateau back alley featuring Shalak, Botkin, Kevin Ledo, Chris Dyer, Bruno Smoky, Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Linsey Levendall, Marina Capdevila, Labrona, Waxhead and Dave Todaro. Most of these artists have their own solo pieces in this year end list, scroll down to check them out. Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Labrona and Waxhead have also placed work into the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art.

Collective work featuring Waxhead (left and bottom right corner), Turtle Caps (above ladder), Futur Lasor Now (above door), Deadliest Rosa (middle bottom), Loks (right) and El Moot Moot (right wall).This can be seen in this alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Waxhead and El Moot Moot have solo painted pieces below in this list. Waxhead, Turtle Caps, Futur Lasor Now and Loks have also made it into the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art.

2Alas‘ contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

2Alas also gave us this downtown mural whilst in town around Mural Festival.

A new year also brings a new wall by Phillips Adams at the Habitations Jeanne-Mance. This may actually be his best one so far.

By the AG Crew in Petite-Patrie. Check out the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti for a piece by the AG Crew’s Snipes.

Alber left a few masterpieces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen during his stay in Montreal last summer.

Another one by Alber (bottom right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

One of the great new names on the streets this year was Apok from the Astred Collective. This piece, the first I ever encountered by Apok, was found at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Another one by Apok, this one at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. The fascinating thing about this artist, besides being obviously incredibly talented, is that he does figurative work but still operates in the usual graffiti spots. As far as I know most if not all of his street work so far has been done alongside that of graffiti artist Eskro (see Retrospective of 2015 graffiti).

Another masterpiece by Apok, this one in the abandoned Transco.

Apok at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Above two walls: Astro‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Plateau park container by Astro.

Above 4 photos: the four sides of another Plateau park container by Astro.

Astro doing it for the kids even where kids don’t hang out, in this case the abandoned Transco. Check out the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti for more by Astro.

Axe on a K6A commissioned wall in Old Montreal. Scroll down to K6A below for more by Axe.

Bicicleta Sem Freio‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Birdo for that ill-fated August edition of the Chromatic block parties. Unfortunately this piece was vandalised within hours of completion, so this image is © Birdo.

Besides this painted piece in the abandoned Transco, Borrris has also made it into the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art with some wheatpastes.

Botkin‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

Mural by Snikr on bird and Cens on letters, in a delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps. Scroll down for more by Cens under ‘Smoky’. Cens has also placed a piece in the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti. Also visible in this photo is a door by Labrona which incidentally also made it into this year-end list. Scroll down to Labrona below to see it in full size.

Four above: Crazy Apes wall for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. From left to right this wall features
photo 1: Narc and Lith
photo 2: Korb and Narc
photo 3: Kred, Akuma One and Narc
photo 4: Crane, Korb and Fezat.
Narc, Korb and Crane have also made it into the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti.

Tribute by Dare to the deceased Bore, at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Melissa Del Pinto‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Mural by FelixDTK and MiguelDTK with pieces by Pask and Koal at the bottom, in Little Italy. Pask has also made it into the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti.

Chris Dyer repaired and modified his piece (left) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark (click on latter link to see the earlier piece). His brother Peru143 filled the space to his right.

Chris Dyer (left), his brother Peru143 (top right) and MSHL (bottom right). Chris’ part was started during the June Chromatic block party, and the whole thing was finished with Peru and MSHL a short while after.

Earth Crusher‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival, representing Ashop.

Earth Crusher for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Elfu at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. The piece to his right is by EK Sept who has made it into the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti with a different piece.

El Moot Moot and Waxhead on a garage door in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Scroll down this list for more by Waxhead.

Next to the above in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark is this other garage door featuring El Moot Moot alone.

Two adjacent walls by Epos, Fler and Crak in a Plateau alley

One of the best murals of the year is this huge one done over the summer by Five Eight in the Plateau.

Whilst in town early last summer, Grominator left this piece in Rosemont.

Another early summer production by Grominator, this time in an abandoned building in the South West. Also visible at the bottom of this shot is a piece by Pask.

This building on Savoie was painted by Les Hommes De Lettres to look like a stack of books. The wall beneath the building was done by the same artists last year.

This huge mural by Hoarkor was produced late summer in a Petite-Patrie alley. Click on image to expand and better appreciate details and size.

Jaz‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

The main mural of the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival was this tribute by K6A to festival founder Sterling Downey. Featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Phile and Dodo Osé. Check out Fleo’s entries in the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti list.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga gets redone every summer by Axe and Monk.e. This is the 2015 creation. Scroll up and down for more by Axe and Monk.e in this year end list.

Knorke Leaf in a delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps.

This garage door on St-Laurent was done off -Mural Festival by Labrona and Gawd. Check out the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art for more by both artists.

Labrona in a delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps.

Kevin Ledo‘s contribution to the same space as the Labrona piece found above it in this list.

Kevin Ledo for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Lovebot piece in Rosemont, from May. See the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art for more by this artist.

LSNR‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Maddog and Namer on a Hochelaga alley garage door.

This Mile End garage door was done in early fall by Maliciouz.

Maliciouz also makes it into this year-end list with this piece left at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Mateo‘s main creation this year is this huge mural titled ‘Más’ (‘More’) in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie. See a video of the making of this mural on Vimeo.

Across the street from the huge mural by Mateo above in this list is this other by the same artist. Smaller in size (but still not small), it is titled ‘Menos’ (‘Less’) and acts as a counterpart to the big one.

Mateo also makes this year-end list with this mural in Petite-Patrie. Click on image to better appreciate the mural’s fine details.

MC Baldassari‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

MC Baldassari‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

MC Baldassari in Petite Patrie for the borough’s Tandem project.

MC Baldassari was really busy in the streets of Montreal this year and she also makes this year-end list with this smaller mural in Ville Emard.

Monk.e‘s top creation this year is this great wall off a Hochelaga back alley.

Above three photos: front, back and side of a container in the Champs des Possibles by Monk.e.

Monk.e also makes it into this year-end list with this beautiful garage door off St-Laurent. See K6A above in this list for more by Monk.e.

These doors by Mono Sourcil were done in August off-Under Pressure Festival.

Plateau garage door by Mono Sourcil.

Mono Sourcil in a Hochelaga alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art for more by this artist.

Back of truck redone by Ms Teri during the late summer’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival.

Nychos‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Omen for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

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

Back of truck redone by Opire during the late summer’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival.

Opire also makes this year-end list with this piece found inside the abandoned Transco.

The Santropol Roulant building which used to be covered with the work of multiple artists was completely redone in 2015 by Pantonio.

Stunning Gene Pendon and Bryan Beyung mural in Chinatown

Alex Produkt‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

Le Renard Fou at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Check out the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art for much more by this artist.

This is one of the handful of pieces done by the very obscure but very talented Riode this year.

One more by Riode.

After having contributed one of the most memorable Mural Festival murals in 2014, Seth returned to Montreal to give us this splendid wall on Papineau.

Whilst in town for some commissioned work, Shalak was invited by Turtle Caps to contribute to this delivery/parking space which was being completely redone by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere). This piece of hers is actually one of my very favourite creations of 2015.

This brilliant piece by Bruno Smoky was done at about the same time as the one above it in this list by his Clandestinos partner Shalak.

Bruno Smoky (right) and Cens (left) came up with this back alley mural in early June. Scroll up this page for more by Cens. The latter artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti.

This mindblowing mural by Stare in the Plateau was also the last mural to be completed in Montreal in 2015.

Before starting on the latter mural Stare also spent many weeks working on this masterpiece between the Plateau and the Quartier des Spectacles.

This was a very busy year for Stare. His first major wall of the year was this one near the Quartier des Spectacles.

This Chinatown mural by Stare features a great piece of deconstructed graffiti calligraphy. Stare is the ultimate urban artist, having placed 4 murals into this list as well as 4 pieces into the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti.

This collective wall was done off-Mural Festival by Montreal artist Stela (above and inside door) with the help of visitors Amanda Valdes (bottom left), Didi aka Diana Contreras (left of door) and Lulu107 (top left). Stela has also made it into the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art.

Tava took a break from doing street art in 2015 but still accepted a few commissioned door pieces, like the three ones found in this year-end list. This particular one was done in the Plateau with the help of Detto.

This is another Tava / Detto collaboration, but in Little Italy.

One more Tava in Little Italy.

This is a piece by Tchug found in a well-hidden spot in upper Plateau.

Axel Void‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Waxhead‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

This Waxhead mural can be found in a back alley between the Plateau and the McGill ghetto. Scroll up to El Moot Moot above in this list for a collaboration with Waxhead. Waxhead has also placed work into the Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art.

The front window space of this Plateau End house gets redone by Waxhead 2 or 3 times a year. This is one of the 2015 creations. You can see the evolution of this house by clicking on the latter link which will bring you to the Waxhead wall2wallMTL spotlight. The piece above the door and window is an older one by Gawd.

WhatIsAdam‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

This wall was done off-Mural Festival by Gives and Cryote representing the Wzrds Gng in a back alley of St-Laurent.

Mural by Gives and Cryote from the then Wzrds Gng in an alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Cryote representing the Wzrds Gng on a garage door of the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Zek, Mark Esprit, Hsix, Dcae and Dekor’s mural for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Zek in a Monkland Village alley. He has also placed some graffiti work in the Retrospective of 2015 graffiti.

Mural Festival 2015

This article features the new murals created during the 2015 edition of Mural Festival as well as the other temporary art found on the site (St-Laurent between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal) while it was closed to traffic. Missing is the mural planned by XRAY which was cancelled because of miscommunications with the owner of the wall originally assigned to the artist.

Only four earlier Festival murals have been replaced with new ones this year. These are the sponsored one by Kashink and the 123Klan mural from the 2014 edition, as well as the Omen and Caron murals from the 2013 edition. Last year’s RR & DB wheatpaste mural has since been destroyed by rain and winter; the space was therefore already ready for something new. The Cyrcle mural from 2014 is also gone, that wall had to be rebuilt and it was not yet ready to be covered with a new mural.

You may want to check out this walking tour which I have put together: starting from ‘mural central’ behind the LNDMRK offices, up St-Dominique and the eastern side of St-Laurent then down Clark and the western side of St-Laurent.

See also: Google’s Street Art Project feature on the Mural Festival.

Cet article présente les nouvelles murales créées dans le cadre de l’édition 2015 du Festival Mural ainsi que les oeuvres temporaires trouvées sur le site (St-Laurent entre Sherbrooke et Mont-Royal). Il ne manque que la murale de XRAY qui n’a pas été produite suite à une confusion concernant la disponibilité du mur réservé pour cet artiste.

Seulement 4 murales ont été remplacées par de nouvelles cette année: celles de Kashink et du 123 Klan produites dans le cadre de l’édition 2014 ainsi que celles d’Omen et de Caron datant de l’édition 2013. La murale avec collage par RR & DB datant de l’an dernier était déjà détruite par la pluie et l’hiver. Cet espace était donc déjà disponible pour recevoir une nouvelle oeuvre. La murale de Cyrcle produite l’année dernière est aussi disparue, mais elle n’a pas été remplacée, le mur étant en cours de réparation.

Vous pourriez être intéressé par ce tour pédestre que j’ai créé: débutant à la ‘place des murales’ derrière les bureaux de LNDMRK, ensuite vers le nord le long de St-Dominique et le côté est de St-Laurent, puis vers le sud le long de Clark et le côté ouest de St-Laurent.

A voir aussi: expo sur le Festival Mural par le Google Street Art Project.


The walls / les murs

Bicicleta Sem Freio

Nychos

2Alas

Monk.e

Axel Void

Astro (wall 1/2).

Astro (wall 2/2).

Benny Wilding

Jaz

Melissa Del Pinto

Earth Crusher for Ashop

MC Baldassari

Opire and Bonar

Elian

Curiot

Eric Clément

4-Tin

Faith47

Jarus; visible at the bottom are throw-ups by Hirok and House, done with the blessing of the artist to remind people of the roots of street art as well as to prevent taggers from using that space.

A wheatpaste by C-215.

A wheatpaste by C-215; photo © PiaMTL.

Caratoes (semi-official contribution) behind the LNDMRK offices.


Mathieu Connery sidewalk pieces

Mathieu Connery has been painting his abstract pieces on the sidewalks of St-Laurent since the first edition of Mural Festival. This year he came up with two new pieces and restored a few of the ones from last year which had faded. Then, over the weeks following the end of the festival, he transformed a few of the fading 2014 creations.

Mathieu Connery a peint un certain nombre de pièces abstraites sur les trottoirs de St-Laurent pour chaque édition du Festival Mural. Cette année il a créé deux nouvelles pièces et rafraichit certaines de l’an dernier qui étaient en voie de disparaitre. Dans les semaines qui ont suivi la tenue du festival, il a adapté quelques pièces de 2014 qui étaient en voie de disparaître.

2015 creation

2015 creation

2015 re-interpretation of a fading 2014 creation.

2015 re-interpretation of a fading 2014 creation.


Information boards / panneaux info

A number of (mostly) local artists covered the backs of the festival’s information boards with their art. These information boards were found interspersed at regular intervals between Mont-Royal and Sherbrooke.

Des artistes en grande majorité de Montréal ont recouvert le revers des panneaux d’information du festival avec leur art. Ces panneaux étaient positionnés ici et là le long du site, entre Mont-Royal et Sherbrooke.

Waxhead

Alex Produkt

Stela

Lulu107

Didi aka Diana Contreras

Amanda Valdes

Cryote, at the time representing the Wzrds Gng.

Gives

WZRDS GNG

WZRDS GNG

Grimjob69 aka Michael Shantz

Someone from the WZRDS GNG.

Vicky Filiault

Sake

Stadium Art Movement aka Jonathan Himsworth.


Installations, etc.

The rest area this year was painted by Beeforeo aka Bfour.

Waxhead, angle 1/3.

Waxhead, angle 2/3.

Waxhead, angle 3/3.

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Isaac Holland side 1/2.

Isaac Holland side 2/2.

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A work-in-progress by Fonki.

A work-in-progress by Chris Dyer.

A hand-painted horse by Chris Dyer.

Bus painted by Bryan Beyung and Five Eight (side 1/2).

Bus painted by Bryan Beyung and Five Eight (side 2/2).