This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2015 that were created in a studio, then pasted, glued, screwed in or cemented into a public place. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.
The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per person. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.
Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2015 à Montréal, créées en studio avant d’être collées, vissées ou fixées dans le ciment dans un endroit public. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2015 pourraient ne pas y figurer.
Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes ne comptent que pour une entrée.
Borrris wheatpastes put up at the August VHS – Van Horne Station event on two sides of a corner. Borrris wheatpaste in Mile End. See the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art post for more by Borrris. C-215 for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. C-215 for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. This one was short-lived so I’ve borrowed this photo © PiaMTL. Melanie Cervantes, Lianne Charlie, Lindsay Katsitsakatste wheatpaste and poster montage for Decolonizing Street Art 2015 – Unceded Voices. Chat Perdu. Cousin_It wheatpaste put up off-Mural Festival. Cousin_It wheatpaste put up off-Mural Festival. Cousin_It wheatpaste put up off-Mural Festival. Cousin_It again, but these are plastic letters pasted on a tree. For the full message including missing letters, see the wheatpaste above it in this list. Dayna Danger with the help of Jessica Canard for Decolonizing Street Art 2015 – Unceded Voices. Amanda Di Genova. Futur Lasor Now poster spent the 2015 electoral period on the George General d’Auto Reparation. Futur Lasor Now poster were spotted around central Montreal at the end of summer. Futur Lasor Now added a bit of life and fun to some electoral boards. Futur Lasor Now‘s illuminati sticker series. G.Knight. G.Knight came up with a series of mock currency wheatpastes and stickers in 2015. This large wheatpaste covers the whole corner door of the George General d’Auto Reparation. Gawd and Labrona. Scroll down to ‘Labrona’ for more pasted art by this artist and see the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by both Gawd and Labrona. Gawd and Labrona; photo © Labrona. Gawd. Il Flatcha‘s big thing in 2015 was a series of mock permitted/forbidden stickers. I picked these two (I expect the middle one is a real sticker) out of dozens found this year. See more in this earlier post. Il Flatcha paste-up. Kafka were found all over central Montreal during this year’s Mural Festival. Kafka poster put up off-Mural Festival. Kafka poster put up off-Mural Festival. Kat over the summer of 2015. Notice the fake brick making it blend into the background, in this alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Kat raising awareness about animal rights. Found in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Kat found in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Kat uses real window bars and railings to add to her animal-cruelty message. This one was also found in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Labrona. See the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Labrona. Also visible in the above shot is a drawing by Lapin. Labrona. Check out ‘Gawd’ above in this list for more pasted art by Labrona. Labrona and Mono Sourcil found in Ville-Marie. Labrona and Mono Sourcil found next to UQAM. There is more pasted art by Mono Sourcil solo further down this list and both Labrona and Mono Sourcil have made it into the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art. Lily Luciole was not as active on the streets of Montreal in 2015 as before, but both posters by her that I found in 2015 made this year-end list. Lily Luciole. Loks. Loks. See the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by this artist. Lovebot. Lovebot wheatpaste was put up at the abandoned Canada Malting Plant. See the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Lovebot. Manyoly wheatpastes popped up around Plateau/Mile End over the summer. This one made this year-end list, but to be honest any of the others could have been picked instead. Rey Midax returned to the streets this year with a few series of wheatpastes. The best series were these Madonnas, each one ‘dressed’ differently. I picked this particular one for this retrospective but any other could have been shown here as they are all quite impressive when seen in person. Rey Midax also put up a series of Oscar Wilde wheatpastes over central Montreal and Hochelaga during the autumn. Rey Midax‘s other series of wheatpastes showed Alan Turing. Miss Me covered this UQAM building with wheatpastes of images and text for Leave Out Violence. As I was out of the country at the time, I have borrowed this photo © Miss Me. Check out this earlier post for more photos of other sides of the building. Miss Me came up with new Musical Saints wheatpastes during the summer. This one showing Billie Holiday was particularly impressive. Miss Me was seen here and there over town, but this particular specimen was picked to be shown in this year-end list because of the brilliant spot the artist found to display it. Photo © PiaMTL. Miss Me also revisited her Portrait Of A Vandal wheatpaste series in the latter half of the year and came up with new variations. I picked this one to be shown here, but you can see others in this earlier post and this one. Mono Sourcil put up a series of these pasted cardboard heads this autumn. See also Labrona above in this list for more pasted work by Mono Sourcil. Check out the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Mono Sourcil. Mono Sourcil. See the whole dozen I was able to photograph in this earlier post. Mouthful. National Zombi this year. I picked this one to represent the whole series. Many can be seen in this earlier post, and a few more here. National Zombi sticker stands out from the rest and is cute enough to make this year-end list! Pony wheatpaste found in Cité du Multimédia. Pony wheatpaste found in Cité du Multimédia. Le Renard Fou appropriately states “Le Renard Fou est back in town” and marked the beginning of a series of similar and very colourful wheatpastes put up by this artist in Mile End, the Plateau and Petite-Patrie. Le Renard Fou. Also visible on the right are mini-posters by Aura Fallu. Le Renard Fou. Le Renard Fou wheatpastes. See the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Le Renard Fou. ROC514 sticker. ROC514 and Zombiac. ROC514 and Purplesmoke17 (Rupert Plinkerton) collaboration sticker. ROC514 and EightyADay Enzo Sarto. Enzo Sarto also put up a few wheatpastes whilst in town for Mural Festival. This one made this yearly retrospective, but more can be seen in this earlier post. Sinister Kid. The central one in this photo is the one making this yearly retrospective, variations were found here and there in central and eastern Montreal. Timmy Drift. Solal Comics paste-up. Solal Comics paste-up. Starkey came up with his own wood-ups this year. This one was found in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet. Starkey. Starkey (top), anonymous (middle left), Waxhead (middle right), Kind (bottom left) and IAmBatman (bottom right). Starkey actually managed to fool quite a few people with these fake doorbells. Stela piece is a wheatpaste but the design also exists as a sticker. See the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Stela. Stela and Swarm. See below for more by Swarm. Stikki Peaches wheatpastes. Stikki Peaches wheatpastes are quite impressive in size as well as coolness. Stikki Peaches wheatpastes popped up a few months before the Star Wars crazyness began. Stikki Peaches. Swarm wheatpastes. Swarm wheatpaste in a Plateau alley. Swarm wheatpaste. Scroll up to Stela for a collaboration with Swarm. Turtle Caps paste-up. Waxhead wood-up in collaboration with Starkey, found in Mile End. Scroll up this list for some 100% Starkey wood-ups. Waxhead wood-up in collaboration with Starkey. Found in the Quartier des Spectacles. Waxhead wood-up in collaboration with Starkey, found in St-Henri. Waxhead wood-up in collaboration with Starkey found in Hochelaga. Check out the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Waxhead. XRAY also got into the game. This one was a splash of colour found near Chinatown on a grey spring day. XRAY wood-up was found in the Quartier des Spectacles. XRAY wood-up was found on the George General d’Auto Reparation. XRAY wood-up was found off Viger. Zola wheatpaste put up during the spring student strikes. Zola. Zola wheatpaste found in Hochelaga.