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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 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.

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Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015

This image gallery brings together my 100 favourite murals and other painted pieces of 2015. It was already difficult selecting 100 works, it is impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from my very favourite artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 pasted street art of 2015
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015

Cette galerie-photo présente mes 100 murales et autres pièces peintes préférées de 2015. C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je ne suis pas en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par mes artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 pièces collées de 2015
Top 100 graffitis de 2015


Family portrait in 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 Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

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 Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

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

2Alas also gave us this piece 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 Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 for a piece by the AG Crew’s Snipe.

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. 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 Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015).

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 are 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 Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 for more by Astro.

Axe in the Old Port on a K6A commissioned wall. See 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 Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 with some wheatpastes.

Botkin‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

Bird mural by Cens in this delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps. Cens has also placed a piece in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015. 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 produced during 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 Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with some other work.

Tribute by Dare to the deceased Bore.

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 Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with something else.

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 A’Shop.

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 Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 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 the South West. Also visible at the bottom 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 to festival founder Sterling Downey. By K6A, featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Philemon, etc. Check out Fleo’s entries in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 list.

This K6A wall in HoMa 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 in June. Check out the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 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 Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 for more by this artist.

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

Maddog and Namer on a HoMa 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 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 HoMa alley. Check out the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 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 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 from 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 Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 for 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.

This mindblowing mural by Stare 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.

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

This Chinatown mural by Stare features a great piece of deconstructed graffiti calligraphy. Stare is the ultimate multi-faceted artist, having placed 4 murals into this list as well as 4 pieces into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015.

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 Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

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 McGill ghetto. Check out El Moot Moot above in this list for a collaboration with Waxhead. Waxhead has also placed work into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

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 over the last 3 years by clicking on the latter link which will bring you to the Waxhead wall2wallMTL spotlight. The piece above 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 Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015.

New murals and other painted works August 2015

Here’s a gallery of murals and other smaller painted works produced during August 2015 following my previous ‘new works’ blog post. This has to have been one of the busiest months in Montreal street art history. This is the reason why there are separate posts presenting pasted works (wheatpastes, paste-ups, stickers, etc.) and recent graffiti. If you wish to see new works as soon as I photograph them, 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 suite à mon dernier article de nouveautés. Ceci a dû être un des mois les plus occupés pour le street art 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 unofficial Shalak and Smoky.

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 one 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 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 alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

I’ve posted this extra long wall by Zek with Hsix in NDG before, thinking it was completed but it was not. This is the completed version. Click to see bigger, or see detail close-ups next.

Detail of the above long wall in NDG by Zek and Hsix.

Another detail of the above long wall in NDG by Zek and Hsix.

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 burned 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 garage door in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in Plateau End alley.


small pieces and tagging

Futur Lasor Now in the Plateau

Unidentified artist under expressway.

Unidentified artist under expressway.

Unidentified artist under expressway.

Lapin in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Lapin in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Lapin (with LSNR?) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

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

Yolacocacola in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.


other

Tiles by unidentified artist over bricks in Plateau alley.

Wood-up by Mouthful in the Plateau.

Mouthful on wooden support, nailed onto post.

These car stencils by some unidentified artist have been popping up here and there in 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).

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.


Tava and Detto in Little Italy.

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

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

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

Kevin Ledo in the Plateau.

Labrona (bottom) and Gawd (top).

Monk.e

Monk.e on the same spot as above, one year later.

Monk.e for K6A in St-Henri.

Unidentified artist for K6A in St-Henri, next to above.

Otak, Fleo and Oser aka Dodo Ose for K6A in St-Henri (next to above two).

Mono Sourcil 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

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

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

Peru143 in the Plateau.

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

Omen downtown.

Waxhead over background by Mastrocola, on St-Dominique.

Jiso in Rosemont.

Koal and Bosny on abandoned warehouse.

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

Peru143 for En Masse on St-Laurent.

Riode in abandoned industrial building.

Maliciouz

Futur Lasor Now in the Plateau.

Maddog and Namer in HoMa.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Unknown artist in Mile End.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Unknown artist in the Plateau.

Unknown artist in the Plateau.

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

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

MC Baldassari for En Masse in alley off de Castelnau.

Turtle Caps in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Turtle Caps in the same spot as above, but one year later. Also visible around are older pieces by Waxhead (left), Sake (top) and Peru143/Wastoids (right).

Raes in Mile End.

123Klan in the fashion district.

Promethee Huard in Petite-Patrie.

Shane Watt in Petite-Patrie

Nixon in Plateau-End.

Shok in the abandoned Transco.

Kidrok in Mile End.

Unknown artist in Mile End.

Andy Dass in Plateau/Rosemont.

Stape and Fabu, Plateau.

Strike in HoMa.

Swaz on St-Dominique.

Skam in Petite-Patrie.

Omen in the Plateau.

Royal Kingbee at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Penar (top) and Boes (bottom) on abandoned warehouse.

Peru143 in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Trife Life crew in the Plateau.

Nixon in a Plateau back alley.

Scaner in abandoned industrial building.

Tava in Little Italy.

Nestor inside abandoned shed in Mile End.

MSHL in St-Henri.

Zoids in St-Henri.

unidentified artist

Stela (in blue) next to creature by Haunty or Frig, in HoMa.

Vhat in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Soma (top), Beast (middle) and tribute to Dock (bottom) at Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Unknown artist in the Plateau.

A great piece by Omen in the Plateau.

David Farley in the Plateau.

Peru143 helped by Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Plus and Keos in Mile End.

Unidentified artist at Plaza Walls.

Monk.e (between doors) with Bruno Smoky and Shalak in HoMa.

Unknown artist in Mile End.

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

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

Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Footloose Yooth Crew, left half.

Footloose Yooth Crew, right half.

Unknown artist in Plateau-End.

Unc in Griffintown.

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 waxheadart.com as well as 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 waxheadart.com ainsi que 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.

Collaboration with Cryote in Hochelaga.

A little extra next to the above garage door.

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 TFB (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 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

Piece in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark in 2013, see below for the evolution of it. Photo © Mr Mocha.

Piece in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark in 2014, see above for earlier version.

Small piece in the McGill Ghetto.

Entrance of a Plateau alley.

At the back of a Plateau alley.

Waxhead (left), Cryote (top), Gives (grey letters) and VSOP (right letters).

In alley behind St-Laurent.

Waxhead representing Wzrds Gng in alley off Duluth.

Waxhead (right), Gawd (left) in alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Waxhead and Cryote on Fairmount near St-Laurent (wheatpastes by Futur Lasor Now and unidentified artist as well as painted doors by Turtle Caps also visible).

Same location as above, but one year earlier.

In downtown alley behind Ste-Catherine.

Mural in alley behind Président-Kennedy (graff piece at the bottom is by Otek).

other small pieces / autres petites pièces

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

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

On an electrical box.

On canal Lachine.

On canal Lachine.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

On a sidewalk panel on Amherst for the 2016 edition of the MTL En Arts festival.

On St-Laurent, presumably a collaboration with someone else.

Yolacocacola (left) and Waxhead (right) on train.

Waxhead (left) and Yolacocacola (right) on train.

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

Contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

On St-Laurent.

On St-Laurent.

Rooftop piece above restaurant in the Plateau.

Small piece at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Waxhead (in blue) and Futur Lasor Now (top left) on Montreal Plateau rooftop.

Commissioned work for Chez José on Duluth.

Waxhead (right) and Andy Dass (left) at the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.

At the Cabane à sucre secret gallery, between pieces by Miss Me (left), Alysha Farling (right) and M. Abstrakt (around).

Piece done on board wall during the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Waxhead (left) and Pound Puppy (right) in the Plateau.

Small piece on St-Laurent.

On a Plateau house.

More by Waxhead next to the house mentioned above.

Small piece at the Cabane à sucre secret gallery (but done earlier than the rest of the Cabane works).

doors / portes

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.

Off-Mural door piece.

In Pointe St-Charles.

On a Plateau alley door.

In Old Montreal.

On a Plateau End door.

On a Plateau End door.

On a Plateau door.

On a Plateau door.

On a Pointe St-Charles door.

On a Plateau door.

On the doors of a St-Laurent business (see also next photo).

On the doors of a St-Laurent business (see also previous photo).

On a 3rd floor door in the Plateau.