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Bonar

To see much more than what this spotlight features, and because most of Bonar’s best street work was done outside Montreal, check out olivierbonnard.com as well as his Instagram page.

Pour en voir plus que ce que ce profil de l’artiste Bonar présente, et parce qu’il est très actif hors de Montréal, vous êtes invités à visiter olivierbonnard.com ainsi que sa page Instagram.


Pieces are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In Hochelaga. See below for close-up detail.

Detail of the above Hochelaga wall.

In Mile End.

In Rosemont.

In Petite-Patrie.

Temporary wall in the Village.

At the back of a downtown pub. This is Bonar’s second wall at this spot, scroll down for his first.

With Opire on the side of a Plateau house awaiting demolition.

Bonar on the left and Mathieu Connery on the right, for the Van Horne Station block party.

Rooftop piece over St-Laurent.

With Opire for the 2015 edition of Chromatic.

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

Bonar on character and Les hommes de lettres on calligraphy.

Bonar’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Bonar (above) and Birdo (unfortunately partially obstructed) in a McGill Ghetto alley.

Bonar on wall, Algue (door, first garage) and Nixon (second garage).

At the back of a downtown pub. This is Bonar’s first wall at this spot, scroll up for his second.

Bonar’s wall for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival.

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.

New murals and other painted works August 2015

Here’s a gallery of murals and other smaller painted pieces produced during August 2015. This must have been one of the busiest months in Montreal street art history, I have to split the work I photographed into separate posts presenting pasted works (wheatpastes, paste-ups, stickers, etc.) and recent graffiti. If you wish to see new work as soon as I photograph it, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cet article présente une galerie-photo des murales et autres pièces peintes de plus petite envergure produites en août 2015. Ceci a dû être un des mois les plus occupés pour l’art urbain à Montréal. Conséquemment, des articles séparés sont consacrés aux plus récents collages (et autres pièces collées) et aux plus récents graffitis. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


murals

Five Eight mural on Mont-Royal, for LNDMRK.

Gene Pendon and Bryan Beyung in Chinatown.

Phillips Adams at the Habitations Jeanne-Mance.

Julian Palma in Parc-Ex.

Birdo for the Chromatic block party. Unfortunately this piece was vandalised within hours of completion, so this image is © Birdo.

Melissa del Pinto for the Chromatic block party. Unfortunately this piece was vandalised within hours of completion, so this image is © Melissa del Pinto. Additional pieces by Jeremy Shantz and Jason Botkin produced at the same event were also vandalised but I haven’t been able to find good photos of them to post here.

Jonathan Bergeron for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Bfour aka Beeforeo for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Mateo for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

MC Baldassari for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Clandestinos (Shalak and Bruno Smoky) in Petite-Patrie for the Tandem program of that borough. Scroll down for more Shalak and Smoky work.

Mr Crocks in Petite-Patrie for the Tandem program of that borough.

4-Tin in Rosemont for the Tandem program of that borough.

MC Baldassari in Petite-Patrie for the Tandem program of that borough.

MC Baldassari in Ville Emard.

Kevin Ledo in the Plateau.

Shalak in the Plateau.

Turtle Caps in the Plateau.

Bruno Smoky in the Plateau.

Bruno Smoky in the Plateau.

Bruno Smoky in the Plateau. There’s more by Bruno Smoky in the ‘mural pieces’ section below.

Futur Lasor Now in the Plateau.

Tchug and Vect at the Lachine graffiti jam.

John Kaye in Petite-Patrie.

Jessica Sabogal with the help of Elizabeth Blancas for Decolonizing Street Art 2015 – Unceded Voices.

Red Bandit wheatpaste (left) over a Swarm mural for Decolonizing Street Art 2015 – Unceded Voices. This is the left section of a larger collaborative mural (see next two images).

Melanie Cervantes with the help of Lindsay Katsitsakatste for Decolonizing Street Art 2015 – Unceded Voices. This is the middle section of a larger collaborative mural (see images above and below).

Lianne Charlie paint and wheatpaste mural for Decolonizing Street Art 2015 – Unceded Voices. This is the right section of a larger collaborative mural (see previous two images).

Ilana Pichon in TMR.

Cryote from the Wzrds Gng modified this garage door in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet when he repaired it post-vandalism.

Cryote again, in front of the garage door above in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

A very long wall by Zek with help from Hsix in NDG. Click to see bigger, or scroll down for detail close-ups.

Detail of the above long wall in NDG by Zek and Hsix. This segment shows mostly Zek’s work, with Hsix on the cyclist at the far right of the shot.

Another detail of the above long wall in NDG by Zek and Hsix. This segment is all Zek’s work.

Close-up on one of Hsix‘s segments of the above long wall in NDG with Zek.

Close-up on one of Hsix‘s segments of the above long wall in NDG with Zek.

Cyndie Belhumeur and Isabelle Duguay on the Place des Arts esplanade.

Bad Luck Jealousy in Monkland Village.

Ad mural by Orgasthme in Plateau End.

Nese on the remains of a burnt down building in Rosemont.


mural pieces

Bruno Smoky in the Plateau.

Waxhead (top) in Plateau End; also visible at the bottom is an older piece by Cryote.

Yolacocacola (top) and Waxhead (bottom) in Plateau End alley.

Yolacocacola (top) and Waxhead (bottom) in Plateau End alley.

Waxhead (left) and Starkey (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Starkey at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Mr Chose at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Mr Chose at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sien514 at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A well-hidden Turtle Caps in the company of Deadliest Rosa.

Hank at the abandoned Canada Malting building.

Flavor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Unidentified artist on a garage door in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in a Plateau End alley.


small pieces and tagging

Futur Lasor Now in the Plateau

Unidentified artist under an expressway.

Unidentified artist under an expressway.

Unidentified artist under an expressway.

Lapin in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Lapin in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Lapin in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Figurative tag by Loopkin in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Figurative tag by Loopkin in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Yolacocacola in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.


other

Tiles by an unidentified artist over bricks in a Plateau alley.

Wood-up by Mouthful in the Plateau.

Mouthful on a wooden support, nailed onto a post.

These car stencils by some unidentified artist have been popping up here and there around the city.


Plaza St-Hubert posts

For their sidewalk sale at the end of August, the Plaza St-Hubert asked 16 artists to paint one street post each. These creations are all featured below, front and back (except for 3 artists who only painted one side).

Dans le cadre de leur vente trottoir à la fin du mois d’août, la Plaza St-Hubert a demandé à 16 artistes d’illustrer un poteau de la plaza chacun. Toutes ces créations sont présentées ci-dessous, devant et derrière (à l’exception de 3 artistes qui n’ont peint qu’une face de leur poteau).

Axe representing K6A.

Borrris

Mateo

MC Baldassari

Mono Sourcil

Melsa Montagne

M’Os Geez

Adeline Benhammouda did her usual mosaics instead of painting.

Dave Todaro (left), Yohan Kettenmeyer (centre) and Jean-François Burton (right). Click on photos for close-ups.

D.Deblois

Victor Varacalli

Julie Tracz

Margot Bussière

Marie-Claude Marquis


Nuit blanche sur tableau noir

For the 20th edition of Nuit blanche sur tableau noir which took place after sundown on August 28th on Mont-Royal, 31 artists were given spots on that street to do their thing. Five of these creations are presented below.

Pour la 20ième édition de Nuit blanche sur tableau noir qui a eu lieu après le coucher du soleil le 28 août dernier sur l’avenue Mont-Royal, 31 artistes se sont vus octroyer un espace sur la rue pour produire une oeuvre au sol. Cinq de ces créations sont présentées ici.

Borrris

Emmanuel Laflamme

Karolane Sigouin

MC and MSHL

Ilana Pichon

Door 2 door MTL – garage edition

Last year’s post titled “Door 2 door Montreal” was a particularly popular one, so here’s a follow-up presenting some of the best garage and delivery doors in Montreal.

L’article de l’année dernière intitulé ‘Door 2 door Montreal” présentant les plus belles oeuvres de street art sur des portes de Montréal ayant été particulièrement populaire, voici une suite consacrée cette fois aux portes de garage et de livraison.


Pieces are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces sont présentées ici en ordre chronologique inverse, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

Elfu’s part on the LTG wall for the Canettes de Ruelle block party.

Eskro and Resok doing the name of their crew YU8 for the Canettes de Ruelle production.

Nikki Küntzle for the Canettes de Ruelle alley production in Rosemont.

Adida Fallen Angel in a Rosemont alley.

Raphael Dairon for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration between Tava and Bishop in Little Italy.

Germ Dee in a Plateau alley.

Peru143 in a Plateau alley.

Waxhead and Cryote collaboration in Hochelaga.

Maliciouz in Mile End.

By an unidentified artist in Mile End.

Labrona in the Plateau.

Maliciouz in the Plateau.

SBU One in Hochelaga.

An unidentified artist in a Hochelaga alley.

Germ Dee at Plaza Walls.

Mngelekrak and Epos on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Fokus in Hochelaga.

Haks in Mile-Ex.

Jest and Sloast collaboration in a Plateau alley.

Mono Sourcil for the Gatos Callejeros production in a Rosemont alley.

Jee tribute to Leonard Cohen in Mile End

SBU One in Rosemont.

Ms Teri on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Kevin Ledo in a Plateau alley.

Stela on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Maliciouz in the Plateau.

Hater in a central graffiti alley.

Fokus on the garage door of a park building in the Nouveau Rosemont.

Fokus, Gaulois and Boporc on a set of garage doors in Hochelaga.

Keos in a Plateau alley.

Nixon (top) and Sober (ground level) for the Scan You Rock jam.

Germ Dee in a Plateau back alley.

Koal on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Wuna in a Plateau alley.

Unidentified artist at Plaza Walls.

Bosny in Plateau End.

Wheatpaste over painted door by Dial M for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Legal (letters) and Jmoe (character) in Monkland Village.

Ms Teri in Monkland Village.

Dodo Osé in Hochelaga.

Pask in industrial Rosemont.

Germ Dee in a Plateau alley.

Naimo’s contribution to a K6A wall in St-Henri.

Mad Rats Gaulois and Boporc on a set of garage doors in Ville-Marie.

Monk.e in the Plateau.

MC Baldassari and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine collaboration in the Plateau, part 1/2.

MC Baldassari and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine collaboration in the Plateau, part 2/2.

Omen

SBU One

Turtle Caps in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Also visible around are older pieces by Waxhead (left), Sake (top) and Peru143/Wastoids (right).

Raes in Mile End.

123Klan in the fashion district.

Five Eight (letters) and Earth Crusher (character) in the Plateau.

Turtle Caps in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Maliciouz in Mile End.

Shane Watt in Petite-Patrie

Cryote modified this garage door in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet when he repaired it post-vandalism. Scroll down for original.

Kevin Ledo in the Plateau.

Futur Lasor Now in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Skam in Petite-Patrie.

Tava and Detto in Little Italy.

Cryote, at the time in the Wzrds Gng, in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (felines).

Monk.e in the Plateau.

Monk.e for K6A in St-Henri.

Unidentified artist for K6A in St-Henri.

Mono Sourcil in the Plateau.

El Moot Moot (left) and Waxhead (right) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

El Moot Moot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Riode in an abandoned industrial building.

Tava in Little Italy.

MSHL in St-Henri.

Zoids in St-Henri.

Unidentified artist in Plateau-End.

Koal and Snob on the delivery door of an abandoned warehouse.

MC Baldassari for En Masse in an alley off de Castelnau.

Waxhead over background by Mastrocola, on St-Dominique.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Omen (main image) and Kashink (bottom corners) on the George General d’Auto Reparation.

Keos in Mile End.

Footloose Yooth Crew, left half.

Footloose Yooth Crew, right half.

Vhat in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Swaz on St-Dominique.

These garage doors in Hochelaga look like they are from Mateo‘s hand, but they are actually from a friend of his using some of his stencils.

Gawd, detail of a collaboration with Labrona (not visible in this detail) in the Cité du Multimédia.

Maddog and Namer in Hochelaga.

Unidentified artist in Mile End.

Andy Dass in Plateau/Rosemont.

Peru143 in the Plateau.

Peru143 in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Waxhead (at the time representing the Wzrds Gng) in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Unidentified artist in Mile End.

Dfek and Zek for Trife Life in the Plateau.

David Farley in the Plateau.

Collaboration between Waxhead (beige) and Birdo (green) in the McGill ghetto.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Peru143 helped by Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Royal Kingbee at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Bruno Smoky and Shalak, with Monk.e between doors, in Hochelaga.

Promethee Huard in Petite-Patrie.

A great piece by Omen in the Plateau.

Striker in Hochelaga.

Peru143 for En Masse on St-Laurent.

Maniak (top) and Zek (bottom) at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Stape and Fabu, Plateau.

Someone for Unc in Griffintown.

Astro in Montreal West.

Omen in the Plateau.

Omen downtown.

Waxhead

It’s almost impossible to find a back alley between Avenue du Parc and St-Denis without something painted or drawn by Waxhead on some wall or door. Big colourful murals are interspersed with smaller, quickly drawn figures. But his work is not all underground, as a good amount of commissioned art can also be found on storefronts and walls of Plateau/Mile End businesses.

It’s also almost impossible to walk the length of a street between Parc and St-Denis without finding at least a handful or two of stickers with the art of Waxhead on them. Two different types of stickers can actually be found. The stickers of the first type usually are post office forms or “Hello My Name Is” labels with small variations of his usual characters drawn or painted over them. Some are in black and white, others are in colour. Because they are not mass-printed, each one encountered is a unique creation.

The stickers of the other type appear to be printed but this doesn’t mean that they are less original, to the contrary. They actually are my favorites. They show small reproductions of old black and white or sepia-toned photos on which Waxhead re-did in his own recognizable style the head of one or some characters. In some cases he has added new colourful characters to the ones already found in the black and white original. This fusion (or should I say clash) of very stiff old-fashioned photos with the crazy world of Waxhead is never boring, sometimes funny or freaky and always makes me wish for a larger version.

This Main MTL interview from 2013 lets us inside Waxhead’s head. A bit of Waxhead at work can see seen in this trailer for a film on the Montreat street art scene that never came to be. You can also see a lot of Waxhead’s art on his Instagram and Flickr pages.

Il est impossible de trouver entre l’avenue du Parc et la rue St-Denis une ruelle sans oeuvre peinte ou dessinée par Waxhead. Les grandes murales très colorées y alternent avec des dessins effectués rapido. Son art n’est pas seulement underground, puisque des pièces commandées se trouvent aussi sur les devantures et murs latéraux de plus d’un commerce du Plateau ou de Mile End.

Il est aussi impossible de marcher le long d’une des artères du même quartier sans y trouver un autocollant créé par Waxhead. L’artiste produit en fait deux types d’autocollant. Ceux du premier type sont habituellement des formulaires postaux ou des étiquettes “Bonjour mon nom est” sur lesquels a été dessiné ou peint un des personnages typiques de Waxhead. Certains sont en noir et blanc tandis que d’autres sont en couleur. Puisque ceux-ci n’ont pas été imprimés commercialement, chacun est unique.

Les stickers du second type sont imprimés, mais ceci ne veut pas nécessairement dire qu’ils sont moins originaux, bien au contraire. Ce sont en fait mes préférés. On y voit d’anciennes photos en noir et blanc ou dans des tons sepia sur lesquelles les têtes des personnages ont été repeintes par Waxhead, dans son style inimitable et coloré. Dans certains cas l’artiste a même ajouté de ses personnages colorés à ceux qui figurent déjà dans la photo. Cette rencontre entre le style rigide des photos anciennes et le monde coloré de Waxhead n’est jamais ennuyante. Le résultat est en fait souvent drôle ou déconcertant. En fait à chaque fois que je découvre un nouveau sticker de ce type, ma seule déception est de ne pas être en mesure de voir l’image en plus grand.

Pour un peu d’information sur les origines de Waxhead et sur sa vision du street art, vous êtes invités à visionner cette entrevue pour Main MTL faite en 2013. On peut aussi voir un peu de Waxhead en action dans cette bande-annonce pour un documentaire sur la scène montréalaise du street art qui n’a jamais vu le jour. En plus de la galerie d’images ci-dessous, il est possible de voir une très grande quantité d’oeuvres de Waxhead sur ses pages Instagram et Flickr.

murals / murales

Murals in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les murales de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

On the wall of a Rosemont high school. See below for close-ups.

On the wall of a Rosemont high school, left half. See above for full wall.

On the wall of a Rosemont high school, right half. See above for full wall

Waxhead and Cryote on the side wall of a Plateau book store.

Waxhead (left), Cryote (middle) and Sub Urban Warrior (right) in Plateau End.

Cryote and Waxhead collaboration mural. Waxhead supplied the purple character with the cake and the background foliage.

Cryote (left) and Waxhead (right) in a Villeray alley.

Waxhead (left) and Cryote (right) collaboration on a Plateau wall.

For the 2018 Canettes de Ruelle production in a Rosemont alley.

Waxhead’s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. Includes letters by Ekes in the bottom right corner. See below for two close-ups.

Close-up of the St-Laurent side of Waxhead’s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Close-up of the Marie-Anne side of Waxhead’s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. Includes letters by Ekes in the bottom right corner.

Cryote (left) and Waxhead (right) in Plateau End.

Cryote and Waxhead mural in a Rosemont alley, part of the Gatos Callejeros production.

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) in a Rosemont alley.

Cryote and Waxhead redid the front of Chez José in early summer 2016.

Cryote and Waxhead were also commissioned to do the front of this St-Laurent pet shop at about the same time as above.

Mural in alley behind St-Laurent featuring Waxhead (left), Ether (centre) and Turtle Caps (right).

Mural in the Cité du Multimédia.

Mural by Waxhead, Cryote and perhaps other members of the then Wzrds Gng in a Mile End alley.

En Masse‘s contribution to the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Waxhead (head on the left) alongside Dan Buller (tennis player), Five Eight (central letters), Scaner (top letters), Beeforeo (below Five) and Nixon (bottom, top and far right). Photo © Infant Wisdom.

alley pieces / ruelles

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In a small Plateau street.

In a small Plateau street.

In a small Plateau street.

In a Plateau alley.

Cryote (left and bottom right) and Waxhead (door, around door and top right) from a tribute prod to Akira in a Plateau alley.

Waxhead (door, bottom right) and Cryote (top right) in a Mile End alley.

Waxhead (middle, foliage and cat), Tiburon (2 heads) and Cryote (above) in Plateau End.

Cryote (central figures) and Waxhead (leafy figures and door) in a Mile End alley.

In a Mile End alley.

Cryote (left) and Waxhead (right) in Mile End.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Also visible in the top left corner of the photo is a wood-up by Loks.

Same spot as above, but featuring a new piece after the previous one had been vandalised.

2015 group ‘autoportrait’ by:
top row: Shalak from Clandestinos, Jason Botkin, Kevin Ledo, Chris Dyer, Bruno Smoky from Clandestinos
bottom row: Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Linsey Levendall, Marina Capdevila, Labrona, Waxhead, Dave Todaro.

Another group piece, this one featuring Waxhead (left and barely visible in bottom corner), Turtle Caps (above ladder), Futur Lasor Now (above door), Deadliest Rosa (middle bottom), Loks (right) and El Moot Moot (right wall). In alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

From a 2015 Chromatic block party.

Waxhead (top) and El Moot Moot (bottom) at a 2015 Chromatic block party.

Waxhead (top) and Lyfer (bottom) in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

In alley behind St-Laurent.

Free5 (left), Waxhead and Turtle Caps in alley off Hotel de Ville.

Waxhead (left) and Camille (right) in alley off Napoleon.

Piece in alley between St-Laurent and Clark