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Monk.e

Monk.e logoIn his own words, Monk.e is “…a multi-talented thinker who expresses himself through his paintings, his poetry and his daily actions” (my translation). He is indeed a great communicator who leads two careers in parallel: urban visual artist and hip hop MC with already many albums to his credit. He is mainly known in the streets of Montreal for his community-oriented work often done alongside other members from K6A or for Ashop. He his mostly recognised for his figurative murals bringing together man and nature, but he also does graffiti deconstructed to near-abstraction.

Even though the image gallery below mostly shows Montreal creations, Monk.e is also very active in the rest of Quebec as well as in many other places around the world, particularly in Latin America and in Africa. To view his work outside Montreal or for info about his musical career check out his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Monk.e se dit être “…un penseur aux multiples talents qui exprime ses pensées les plus profondes à travers sa peinture, sa poésie et ses actions au quotidien”. Il est effectivement un grand communicateur et mène deux carrières en parallèle, celle d’artiste visuel urbain et celle d’emcee hip hop ayant déjà plusieurs albums à son actif. Il est surtout reconnu dans les rues de Montréal pour ses oeuvres à caractère communautaire, souvent effectuées en tandem avec ses collègues de K6A ou pour Ashop. Son art balance entre du figuratif très axé sur l’humain et la nature, et du graffiti déconstruit à la limite de l’abstraction.

Bien que la galerie-photo ci-dessous montre surtout des oeuvres créées à Montréal, Monk.e est aussi très actif dans le reste du Québec ainsi qu’à plusieurs autres endroits de par le monde, particulièrement en Amérique latine et en Afrique. Pour des photos de son travail à l’extérieur de Montréal ou pour de l’information sur sa carrière musicale, jetez un coup d’oeil sur ses pages Facebook et Instagram.


figurative work

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 Mercier.

In Rosemont.

Monk.e and Ankh One representing Ashop on the wall of a Hochelaga school.

Monk.e and Ankh One representing Ashop for the Surfaces outdoors artshow.

Monk.e in collaboration with Haks and Jimmy Baptiste on a South West high school (front view; see next for side view).

Monk.e in collaboration with Haks and Jimmy Baptiste on a South West high school (side view; see above for front view).

In Ville St-Laurent.

In Hochelaga.

In a Ville-Emard school playground.

Collaboration with Ankh One in a Mile End alley (click to zoom in).

Mural in Rosemont.

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration mural for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

For the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

Ashop wall featuring Shadow (middle ground level), Zek (above, plus background), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right).

Monk.e (left), Strike (middle) and Flying Eric (right) for Ashop‘s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop project on the walls of a NDG garage.

For the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival.

The opposite side to the above is a collaboration between Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (around).

At Plaza Walls.

Collaboration with Tiburón at Plaza Walls.

Close-up on Monk.e’s part in a mural collaboration with Axe and Awe in Ahuntsic.

For the Chemin Vert block party organised by Ashop.

Monk.e’s part in the 2016 Amalgam Festival in Sherbrooke.

In Petite-Patrie for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

With Ygrek on the left, in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent, done off-Mural Festival 2016.

Parc Laurier container, photo 1/2.

Parc Laurier container, photo 2/2. Top right is a laminate by National Zombi which was integrated by Monk.e into the art instead of being removed.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 1/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 2/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 3/3.

With the help of Smilé/Smilee at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In a Hochelaga alley.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Back of the above container.

In the Plateau.

Truck piece, with Mastrocola in the front half.

The 2015 edition of this Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

On garage door in St-Henri.

Contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Near St-Laurent.

Baldwin pool, Fullum side. For Ashop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, left half. For Ashop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, right half. For Ashop.

In Petite-Patrie.

This is the 2014 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Monk.e on wheels.

In Ahuntsic-Cartierville for Ashop; photo © Monk.e.

Monk.e did the background for this piece by Chris Dyer / Positive Creations.

Monk.e (left), Scaner (right letters) and Axe Lalime (right character) in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent.

This Hochelaga mural also served as the cover for one of Monk.e’s albums.

Well hidden in St-Henri/Little Burgundy.

In lower Mile-End, view from the street.

Same as above, view from the alley.

In Hochelaga.

This is the 2013 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Collaboration with Clandestinos (Shalak and Bruno Smoky) in the Plateau.

In Little Italy for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough. You can view the making of this mural on Youtube.

In the Plateau.

In a Hochelaga back alley, blending in with Mastrocola on the left.

Representing K6A on a city of Montreal building on Marie-Anne.

Same as above, frontal view (click to view bigger).

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

One of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Collaboration with Bonga, Becors, Jotapepax and Shalak in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Bruno Smoky and Shalak in Hochelaga.

Underneath expressway.

Overgrown with vines in Hochelaga.

Plateau wall from 2007; photo © Monk.e.

A very old piece on a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.


figurative and letters

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.

Collaboration with Maliciouz in the McGill ghetto. See below for a close-up on Monk.e’s part.

Monk.e’s part on a collaboration wall with Maliciouz (see above for full wall).

In Rosemont.

Tribute to Scaner on truck side for the 2017 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

In Rosemont.

In Little Italy.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Monk.e (left letters and background) and SBU One (figurative material) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 1/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 2/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 3/3.

2016 updated version of the Mural Festival wall seen above, with new letters at the bottom.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible at the top is a wheatpaste by Lovebot.

In a Hochelaga alley.

Axe (left character and letters) and Monk.e (centre and right) in Hochelaga.

Representing K6A on the Plateau.


letters

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.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In the Plateau.

In St-Henri.

Monk.e on letters and Rouks on character, in Rosemont.

With Fleo and Dodo Osé on K6A‘s wall for the Gatos Callejeros production.

In St-Henri. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

Tribute to Scaner with Monk.e on letters (Scan’s name) and character by Tiburón.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

From a K6A jam in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

For the 2016 edition of the graffiti jam at the Lachine legal wall.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Monk.e on background letter with Sermob from Mexico on figurative parts.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

In a Hochelaga back alley.

In a Hochelaga back alley.

An unofficial piece in Rosemont.

In Hochelaga.

‘Deconstructivism’ in a Rosemont back alley.

This 2002 piece is fading and the wall has been extensively patched, but it is worth showing here because it presumably is Monk.e’s (or perhaps anyone’s!) oldest graffiti still up in this city.


contribution to multi-artist murals

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.

The K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e mostly in the left third (scroll down for close-up). Also featured on this huge wall are Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer.

Close-up on Monk.e’s section on the huge K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival

K6A wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstiOne (click to zoom).

Ashop creation on a Plateau school by Bryan Beyung, assisted by Ankh One and Monk.e.

This Ashop wall on a Verdun high school was designed and created by Zek, with Monk.e as an assistant.

This huge wall from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (bottom left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top), all tied together by Monk.e.

The K6A wall done during the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e as well as Axe, Fleo, Phile and Dodo Osé.

The K6A wall done during the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e alongside Fleo, Dodo Osé, Serak, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

Fanny Aishaa, assisted by Monk.e and Guko.

Pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont Overpass

In September 2010 the Plateau Mont-Royal borough hired artists to create 6 murals on the pillars supporting the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass, on the East side of St-Laurent. These artists were mostly graffiti writers and street artists from Montreal: Stare, Zek, Axe and Fluke for Ashop, Monk.e, Zema and Frank Lam. In May 2013, the project was re-opened and another bunch of artists were given the contract of covering the pillars on the West side of St-Laurent. This second batch included a mix of graffiti writers as well as street and studio artists: Arpi, Peru Dyer, Sino, Reuben Peter-Finley aka Sbire, Fanny Aishaa, Pito & Guko (credited as Capital P and Charlie Machete) and the Crazy Apes.

En septembre 2010, l’arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal a fait réaliser 6 murales sur les piliers soutenant le viaduc Van Horne|Rosemont, à l’est de la rue St-Laurent. Les artistes choisis pour la création de cette galerie ‘à ciel ouvert’ étaient principalement des graffeurs et artistes de rue montréalais: Stare, Zek, Axe et Fluke pour Ashop, Monk.e, Zema et Frank Lam. En mai 2013, le projet a été relancé et de nouveaux artistes se sont vus octroyer le contrat de couvrir les piliers se trouvant du côté ouest de St-Laurent. Cette fois-ci la sélection incluait des graffeurs ainsi que des artistes de rue et de studio/atelier: Arpi, Peru Dyer, Sino, Reuben Peter-Finley (Sbire), Fanny Aishaa, Pito & Guko (crédités Capital P et Charlie Machete) et les Crazy Apes.


Western side / côté ouest [2013]

Arpi

Peru143

Sino

Reuben Peter-Finley

Fanny Aishaa

Pito X Guko

Crazy Apes (Narc, Lith, Fezat, Korb, Egor)

Crazy Apes (Narc, Lith, Fezat, Korb, Egor)

A bonus one by Crazy Apes.

Not official: Kare and Mesk graffiti.


Eastern side / côté est [2010]

Stare

Zek

Ashop‘s Axe and Fluke.

Monk.e

La Paria aka Paria Crew featuring Zema, Astro, Frank Lam, Bjorn, Gaston and Kain.

The piece above carries over the sides of the pillar.

The piece above carries over the sides of the pillar.

This is the original piece by Zema and Frank Lam which was later replaced by the one shown above it.

Birds of Montreal

I work in the field of environment so it is no surprise that some of my colleagues are bird watchers. When they return from their weekends or vacations away they tell other colleagues about the species that they got to see. They talk about the Blue-Headed This and the Wisconsin That which is rarely seen around these parts. I personally know nothing of birds. I can recognize a chicken from a crow or from an ostrich, and that’s about it. Oh, and I can recognize the male Red-Winged Blackbird because they eat cyclists in early June.

It has dawned on me that my excitement when I discover street art pieces by my favorite artists is the same as that of my colleagues when they get to see rare birds. But there’s no need for me to go to the country, my photo safari starts as I set foot into the street, in the very heart of the city.

Pieces and mural details featured in the gallery below were mostly found between 2013 and 2016. Click on any image to see in full size.

Je travaille en environnement, ce n’est donc pas une surprise que quelques uns de mes collègues soient fanatiques des oiseaux. Il reviennent de leur fin de semaine ou de leurs vacances et jasent avec d’autres collègues des espèces qu’ils ont eu la chance de voir. Ils parlent du machin-truc à tête bleue ou de la kekchose du Wisconsin qui est rarement vue à ces latitudes. Personnellement, je n’y connais rien aux oiseaux, je peux reconnaitre la poule, le corbeau et l’autruche… et aussi le carouge à épaulettes mâle parce que ça mange du cycliste en début de juin.

J’ai réalisé que mon excitation lors de la découverte de street art par mes artistes préférés est la même que celle de mes collègues pour les oiseaux. Par contre, nul besoin pour moi d’aller à la campagne, mon safari photo commence dès que je mets les pieds dehors, au coeur même de la ville.

Les pièces et détails de murales de la gallerie-photo ci-dessous ont été en grand majorité trouvés entre 2013 et 2016. Cliquez sur les images pour voir en grand format.


Futur Lasor Now

From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Futur Lasor Now‘s Lasor Bird species has been spotted on hundreds of stickers, sometimes on pasted paper, and even in graffiti or painted on a wall. It is often armed but does not seem to be a threat to humans. It is somehow related to Patch the Lasor Dog, but the two species are rarely spotted in the same ecosystem. However the Turtle Caps species is often found in the same environment as the Lasor Bird.
L’espèce Lasor Bird de Futur Lasor Now est généralement aperçue sur des centaines d’autocollants, parfois sur des affiches collées, et même en graffiti ou peinte sur un mur. Elle est souvent armée, mais ne semble pas être une menace pour l’humain. Elle est bizarrement apparentée à Patch (un Lasor Dog), mais les deux espèces sont rarement aperçues dans les mêmes écosystèmes. Par contre on observe souvent l’espèce de tortue Turtle Caps à proximité du Lasor Bird.


Listen

Another species often glimpsed in Montreal is the Listen Bird. It supposedly originates from the Edmonton area, but it has been spotted in many places in Canada and the USA and is very common around Montreal. We love it in colours with a speech bubble containing some sort of philosophical message, but also bubble-less in graffiti, tag or on a sticker.
Une autre espèce souvent apercue à Montréal est l’oiseau de Listen. Il parait que cette espèce vient de la région d’Edmonton, mais elle a été apercue ailleurs au Canada et aux Etats-Unis et est très commune dans la région montréalaise. On l’aime en couleur avec une bulle portant un message plus ou moins philosophique, mais on l’apprécie aussi en graffiti, en tag et sur des stickers.


ROC514

The ROC514 bird is rather small, round and very cute. It is very common around Montreal and has been seen in just about every possible colour. The natural environment of the smaller specimens of this species is the sticker, while the larger ones are usually spotted on pasted paper or painted/drawn on a wall or door corner.
L’oiseau de ROC514 est plutôt petit, rondelet et très cute. Il est extrêmement répandu à Montréal. Il existe aussi en plusieurs couleurs. L’environnement naturel des plus petits individus de cette espèce est le sticker, tandis que les plus gros specimens s’observent habituellement sur du papier collé ou peints/dessinés sur un coin de mur ou de porte.


Other species / autres espèces

Many other species have been glimpsed around Montreal, but they are much less common than the ones above. Indigenous and exotics varieties can be viewed in the image gallery below.

D’autres espèces sont aperçues à l’occasion, mais elles ne sont pas aussi communes que les trois précédentes. Des variétés indigènes et exotiques sont présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous.

Peru143 at Lhasa de Sela park

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

123Klan contribution to the 2014 edition of Mural Festival. Incidentally, this mural was replaced with another bird mural (see next) for the following edition of the festival.

Melissa Del Pinto for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. Incidentally, this mural replaced an earlier one by 123Klan (above in this gallery) also featuring a bird.

Zema in Petite-Patrie.

Zema in a Plateau park.

Zek in a Plateau back alley

Carlito Dalceggio in Rosemont (detail).

Arpi on one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

Fore

Nychos for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Detail of a mural by Labrona and Gawd. The bird is by Labrona.

Zen in alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Two of Labrona‘s columns outside Jarry metro station.

Detail of a mural by Axe (contribution not shown) and Monk.e.

Monk.e on a container in Mile End.

Monk.e on side of the above container.

Monk.e in the Plateau.

Detail of mural on Hotel de Ville by Shalak of Clandestinos.

Cens and Snikr in a delivery entrance on the Plateau. The door also shows a bird, this one by Labrona.

HoarKor aka HRKR in a delivery entrance on the Plateau.

Zek in NDG, detail of a longer wall.

Unidentified artist on a K6A wall in the Old Port.

Piece by Max from the YMCA crew.

Max, spelling out the letters of his YMCA crew.

Max, spelling out the letters of his YMCA crew.

Ashop in Rosemont.

Detail of an Art Du Commun mural on Laurier.

Detail of mural by Fanny Aishaa in Rosemont.

Detail of mural by unidentified artist in Pointe St-Charles.

Detail of a Bruno Smoky piece in the Plateau.

Detail of Ashop (featuring Dodo Osé, File, Zek, Fluke) mural on Napoleon.

Veak in alley off Bélanger.

Detail of mural by Astro near Duluth.

Detail of larger mural by Arose.

Detail of larger mural by Arose.

Detail of a mural by Chris Bose / Kyoti for Decolonizing Street Art.

Detail of a mural by Nese/Nessie.

Unidentified artist.

Detail by Ms Teri of a mural done for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Detail of mural by Ashop‘s Dré and Fleo.

Unidentified artist.

Futur Lasor Now (top centre), Sam Kaston and friends.

Lily Luciole wheatpaste (left)

You Go Girl wheatpaste.

Stencil by an unidentified artist.

Stencil by an unidentified artist.

Trife Life on garage door

Bubz in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

DMT aka DIEMTI aka IMVGINVTI.

Il Flatcha paste-up.

Sticker by WhatIsAdam.

Sticker by Rage5.

Sticker by Bezoman.

Sticker by Avive.

Sticker by Ether.

Three mini-stickers by the same unidentified artist.

Drawing signed LS.