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Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2020 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.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2020 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 2020 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.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2020 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2020 graffiti


Poster by Adi.

One of many different small paste-ups by Adi. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

One of many plant/insect designs by Laurence Bélanger.

A paste-up by Laurence Bélanger.

One of many pasted head pieces by Bodegas.

One more paste-up by Bodegas.

Poster by Bubzee and Kali Spitzer.

A beautiful wheatpaste by Bubzee.

A pasted collaboration between Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A poster by Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A small poster from Cam. Similar variations in different colours have also been found.

This one is the most beautiful of the Black Lives Matter posters put up by Maya Cardin.

One of many small paste-ups by Cess Pool.

Nivanh Chanthara hit the streets of Montreal for the first time near the end of the year and managed to paste between 15 and 20 pieces in the year’s final few weeks.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

A typical Montreal citizen in transit, by CSRK. Found in Mile End.

CSRK found in Petite-Patrie.

CSRK inspired by the Covid19 pandemic.

A small wood-up by Flavor.

Laurent Gascon has been coming up with a new broken tile mosaics honouring a local artist every year since 2009. This 2020 mural, his 13th, features Renée Claude, a québécoise singer who passed away from Covid19 in May.

Above 2 photos: Huile d’Olive pasted these posters from the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, they were the very first pieces of public art addressing the subject. The posters were made in French or English, in a variation of colours. Huile d’Olive has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Irritated Eye wheatpaste that appeared on St-Laurent shortly after the death of George Floyd, when the subject of police brutality inspired many artists to create.

Junko installed around Mile End a handful of impressive large pieces made of reclaimed materials during the final weeks of the year.

One more creation by Junko made from reclaimed materials.

A set of 2 Know Self wheatpastes coloured on location. These were found in a Mile End alley. The bottom piece was added to the top one after a few weeks.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, colour added on location.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, painted on location.

A set of pieces by Kyoto Coyote.

Labrona was very active during the first part of the year. This is one of many pasted pieces I found over 2020.

One more pasted piece by Labrona, this one from a series inspired by Picasso. Labrona has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

“Wet’suwet’en Strong”, a small paste-up by LMNOPI.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Water Is Life”.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Land Back”.

This punny wheatpaste by Lost Claws put up in April was very likely inspired by the Covid19 pandemic (Six Feet Away / Six Feet Under).

This is Lost Claws taking a dig at a street artist whose work is found right next to it (one corner is visible in this shot).

A touching tribute by Lost Claws to his cat which had just passed away.

Something a bit different from Lost Claws. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Above 8 photos: While the streets of Montreal were deserted at the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, Louis Letters decided to take the 36 Days Of Type challenge outside. The 36 Days Of Type Challenge invites designers and graphic artists to create their own versions of the letters A to Z then the numbers 0 to 9. The creations are usually posted on Instagram, but Louis Letters had the great idea of bringing his creations to the street, photograph them in situ and then post them. The photos above show the letters N,O, R, T, U, V, W and X.

A small paste-up by Louis Letters stating “Police Kills”. Ironically, a policeman sitting in his car was watching me as I photographed this piece!

A Black Lives Matter poster by Louis Letters. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A small paste-up by Maika.

A small paste-up by Maika.

An installation by Makenoize in a Plateau alley.

A small paste-up by Marine Martinelli put up at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Marine has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A large wheatpaste by Mirov on a Plateau alley garage door.

A tall Miss Me wheatpaste in a Rosemont alley.

Miss Me in Mile End.

A small Missprints paste-up put up when the subject of police brutality was trending.

A M’Os Geez wheatpaste. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Fay Nix in Hochelaga.

Fay Nix in Hochelaga.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A wheatpaste by le Pleurnicheur.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found downtown.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found in the Old Port.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found on a boarded up Plateau house.

A small paste-up by SciWalkArt. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A poster by Shame.

A poster by Shame.

Here’s a 50 x 50 tile installation by Shelley Miller inspired by the first wave of the Covid19 pandemic. The colours each represent a different Montreal borough (in percentage of cases), and each column represents a day, for 50 days. It therefore shows how in the early days of the pandemic (left of the piece), the relative evolution of boroughs was quite different, but after 35 days (right of the piece), everything seemed to stabilize. More info from the artist’s account via the above link.

Above 2 photos: two Shifty Cat posters put up near the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic.

A collaboration between Sinister Kid and Sloast.

Sloast in the McGill Ghetto.

A small poster by Stay Beautiful.

A set of 2 small posters by Stay Beautiful.

Stikki Peaches from a run of wheatpastes in June.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Malcolm X found in Ahuntsic.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Martin Luther King found in Ahuntsic.

A set of two wheatpastes by Suriani found in Mile Ex.

One more by Suriani in Mile Ex.

A wheatpaste by Swarm spotted in Mile End.

Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End.

T.B.O.N.S. put up a series of small paste-ups around the Plateau and Mile End. These paste-ups often come as sets, such as the ones shown here.

One more set of small paste-ups by T.B.O.N.S.

Any one of the many dozens of small paste-ups put up by T.B.O.N.S. could have made this retrospective.

Toxic hijacking a cinema poster.

Above 2 photos: Closed and open shots of an installation by Toxic found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

A small poster by Tshoko, variations exist.

One of many sticker/paste-ups put up by Tshoko in 2020. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Another wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Above 4 photos: Covid19 stickers by Waxhead, found in 4 different colours. Waxhead has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Benny Wilding treated us to a few new fake business signs in 2020, here’s one of them.

One more mock business sign by Benny Wilding. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

There’s a great story around this pasted policeman piece by Zola. She had initially contributed a painted anti-police brutality piece on this garage door for the 2020 editon of Canettes de Ruelle (still partially visible – click on her name above to view original). Unfortunately, someone who clearly disapproved of her message vandalised the door with black paint, calling her a cretin in the process. She cleverly flipped the topic back by adding the pasted policeman. Socio-political street art at its best!

Heads rolled in 2020, particularly that of the statue of first Canadian prime minister John A Macdonald. Macdonald allowed famine and disease to kill many indigenous people and his government forced some First Nation communities to leave their traditional territories, withholding food until they did so. In August 2020 his statue, which had been sprayed with blood red paint many times, was finally toppled by activists. Shortly after Zola immortalised the moment with this poster.

A wheatpaste by Zola found in Rosemont.

A large wheatpaste by Zola found in the Plateau/Rosemont.

An unidentified artist has pasted around Hochelaga black and white photos of various people of the neighbourhood. This is one of almost a dozen by the same artist which I have been lucky enough to find and photograph.

One more pasted piece by the unidentified Hochelaga artist putting up black and white photos of neighbourhood citizens. This one is of a street musician and the piece was actually put up behind where he usually plays to passersby on Ontario street, prompting many of them to photograph the musician playing in front of this photo of himself.

This wheatpaste of George Floyd was put up in Mile End shortly after the murder that sparked the 2020 Black Lives Matter chapter.

Pieces in this style by an unidentified artist have been found here and there in Hochelaga alleys, in Old Montreal and around St-Laurent. Sometimes found as double sets as shown here, but usually as a single piece.

This wheatpaste by an unidentified artist was found in Petite-Patrie.

Wolf wheatpastes have been found around Petite-Patrie. The artist has not been identified but is presumed to be the same one as the piece above.

A beautiful poster found in Mile End. Artist has not been identified.

Under Pressure Festival 2020

Here’s a photo gallery featuring all the works produced during the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Unlike all other editions, walls in 2020 were painted one after the other from August to October because of social restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For earlier editions see the following posts:
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 editions.

Cet article-photo présente les oeuvres produites au cours de l’édition 2020 du Festival Under Pressure. Contrairement aux autres éditions, les murs en 2020 ont été peints l’un après l’autre d’août à octobre dans le but de respecter les restrictions sociales découlant de la pandémie de Covid-19. Pour les éditions antérieures, voir les articles suivants:
Éditions 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013.


The 123 Klan wall. Name pieces are by Aiik (top), Scien (ground left) and Klor (ground right). Close-ups on the name pieces are found below.

Close-up on Aiik‘s name piece on the above 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Scien’s name piece on the above 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Klor‘s name piece on the above 123 Klan wall.

Toy-themed collaboration between Hoar, Haks, EK Sept and Nemo.

The huge K6A crew wall featuring Monk.e, Awie, Serak, Fleo, Dodo Osé, Axe Lalime, Royal, Otak, Vect, Arpi, Sims and Osti. Scroll down for close-ups.

The left half of the huge K6A crew wall above.

The right half of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Detail of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Arpi on the container in front of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Calligraphy by Monk.e and Serak and a bug by Dodo Osé, on the container in front of the huge K6A crew wall above.

Calligraphy by Monk.e and Serak on the container in front of the huge K6A crew wall above. What was written are the names of the K6A crew members.

The LTG/POM crews wall featuring Aces, Grils, Serum, Rizek, Seork, Hozek and Paynt.

Close-up on the right half of the above LTG/POM wall showing Serum, Rizek, Seork, Hozek and Paynt‘s pieces.

Close-up on the left half of the above LTG/POM wall showing Aces and Grils‘ pieces.

Zek‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Enter‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Cemz‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Fathom‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Maysr‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by himself.

Zen‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Timer‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Clok‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Sight‘s contribution to the OG wall curated by Maysr.

Collaboration between Wuna and Hest.

The Gentil Crew wall featuring Bosny, Le Monstr, LSNR, Maylee Keo, MSHL, Nikki Küntzle and SBU One.

Scribe

Les Sale Mômes aka Louis Letters on letters and Tshoko on characters.

Fisk and Tizer.

LNA and Moule.

The Under Pressure head piece by Hoar and EK Sept, above a name piece by Malin and a character by Jest.

Close-up on Jest‘s piece from the picture above.

Verbe

Labrona

Peack (the dancing punk guy between Peack’s piece and the Labrona door is an older tribute to ‘Steeve’ by Quermit and Cheeb that has been preserved).

Daur (top left), Keso (bottom left) and Nero (right).

Germ Dee

La Loica

Acrow

Rizek, who also contributed to the LTG/POM wall above.

Luna

Macak

ROC514 and Flavor.

Installation by Makenoize made of used spraypaint cans.

Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2019 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.

See also:
Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2019 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2019 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 2019 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.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2019 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2019 graffiti


A one-off poster by Aldarwin with origami by OrigAMI, put up in a central graffiti alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Aldarwin.

Amadoodle sticker.

Amadoodle sticker.

Amadoodle sticker.

Ad takeover by Bibi Una, one of a handful. This one was found in Plateau End.

One more ad takeover by Bibi Una, this one in the McGill Ghetto.

Bibi Una poster, part of the ad takeover campaign from which the above pieces were put up. Various locations. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Bibi Una.

Cam poster found in Mile End.

Cam poster found in Mile End.

Montage on wood board, presumably by Cam. Found in the Plateau.

Chat Perdu poster, many variations have been found with the same image but different text.

CSRK and ROC514 collaboration wheatpaste found in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by ROC514.

CSRK poster, various locations.

CSRK paste-up, various locations.

CSRK wheatpaste found in Mile End.

Doveria poster found in many locations.

Sara Erenthal paste-up, one of many put up around the Mural zone ahead of the festival.

One more Sara Erenthal paste-up near St-Laurent.

A set of three Sara Erenthal paste-ups in the Mural zone.

Extinction Rebellion poster by Clément de Gaulejac, various locations.

Extinction Rebellion poster, artist uncredited.

Fasi wood-up found in a graffiti alley.

A large Fuser paste-up put up in Mile End.

Fuser sticker.

Fuser sticker, various locations.

Fuser paste-up found in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Fuser.

Hoda poster.

Eli Howey paste-up.

Eli Howey paste-up.

A large Jaker woodup installed on the roof of an industrial building in the South West where it is visible to thousands of highway commuters every day. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Jaker.

Kat poster on one of the info boards for the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

Know Self paste-up.

Know Self paste-up.

Know Self paste-up, variations exist.

Labrona wheatpaste found in the Plateau.

Wheatpastes by Labrona (below) and Gives (above), on St-Laurent.

Wheatpastes by Labrona (left) and M’Os Geez (right), on an abandoned house in Hochelaga. Scroll down for a solo piece by M’Os Geez.

Labrona wheatpaste found on St-Laurent. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Labrona.

Lily Luciole wheatpaste with wool, in Mile End. One of a few variations.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in Chinatown.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in Petite Patrie.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in the Plateau.

Lost Claws wheatpaste found in St-Henri. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Lost Claws.

Louis Letters paste-up, one of many variations.

One more Louis Letters paste-up. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Louis Letters.

Madame Gilles poster (left) with a paste-up by Laurence Bélanger (right).

Madame Gilles poster (right) with a paste-up by Laurence Bélanger (left).

Makenoize installation in Chinatown.

A Makenoize piece pasted on an abandoned church.

Makenoize installation in Ville-Marie.

Makenoize installation from the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Ahead of this year’s Mural Festival, Mateo put up a series of stencilled pieces on wallpaper.

One more beautiful stencilled piece by Mateo on wallpaper.

One more beautiful stencilled piece by Mateo on wallpaper.

A unique Mateo piece on a Plateau building. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Mateo.

M.Aw Maw paste-up found in Mile End.

Mirov wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Above 2: Mirov pasted and painted on the box containing one of the city’s public pianos.

Mirov wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Mirov for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

A very unique piece of grass art pasted on a Plateau wall by French environmental artist Mister Ride.

Modest Rocker paste-up.

M’Os Geez paste-up. Scroll up to Labrona for one more piece by M’Os Geez.

National Zombi sticker.

Rage5 paste-up found downtown.

Rage5 paste-up montage downtown.

Rage5 installation in the South West.

Le Renard Fou wheatpaste found in Mile End. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Le Renard Fou.

ROC514 and Flavor collaboration wood-up. Scroll down to Shifty Cat for one more piece by Flavor. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by ROC514 and Flavor together.

ROC514 sticker.

Shifty Cat installation and Flavor wood-up. Each of these artists put up variations of these items around central Montreal at some point during the summer. Scroll up to ROC514 for a collaboration involving Flavor.

Sinister Kid replicated patterns from her work on a construction fence next to the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Sloast paste-up found in Central Montreal.

Solal Comics sticker, many locations.

Starkey wood-up found in the Plateau.

A fake doorbell wood-up put up by Starkey in the Mural zone at the time of the festival.

Stay Beautiful poster found in St-Henri.

Stay Beautiful poster found in St-Henri.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in the South West.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste downtown.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in Mile End.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste in Little Italy.

Over the summer, Suriani put up a series of LGBTQ-themed wheatpastes around the Plateau and Mile End. This one was found in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in the Plateau.

Suriani wheatpaste in Mile End. Also visible in the bottom left is a paste-up by Know Self which also made this year-en list (scroll up to view).

A big Victart wheatpaste found in Rosemont.

Waxhead sticker, various locations.

Waxhead sticker, various locations. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art for more by Waxhead.

Benny Wilding put up at least a dozen wood pieces around central Montreal over the year. This one was the first of the lot and was put up in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in the Plateau.

A fake wood sign by Benny Wilding in Mile End. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti (under his alias ‘Cemz’) for more by Benny Wilding.

A new tag sticker by Zek, various locations. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Zek.

Zola wheatpaste found in a Hochelaga alley.

A one-off paste-up by an unidentified artist.

A poster by an unidentified artist, many locations.

A sticker by an unidentified artist.

Under Pressure Festival 2019

Here’s a photo gallery featuring all the works produced during the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. For earlier editions see the following posts:
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 editions.

Cet article-photo présente les oeuvres produites au cours de l’édition 2019 du Festival Under Pressure. Pour les éditions antérieures, voir les articles suivants:
Éditions 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013.

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The 203 crew wall by Lyfer, Ekes, Opire, Arnold, Borrris and Trak, with tags by Phare, Hitem, Yesir, Masek and guests Axe Lalime, Soma and Peau.

The complete K6A crew wall featuring Serak, Awe, Monk.e, Axe Lalime, Royal, Snikr, Otak, Zek, Hsix, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Osti One and Clone. Scroll down for close-ups on various pieces.

Close-up on the central section of the K6A crew wall mostly by Snikr and Axe Lalime, with pieces by Osti One (top left) and Otak (top right).

Monk.e‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Royal‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Awe (top) and Axe Lalime‘s (bottom) pieces on the K6A crew wall.

Serak‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Dodo Osé (blue) and Fleo‘s (green) pieces on the K6A crew wall.

Hsix‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Zek‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Clone‘s piece on the K6A crew wall.

Sepan (middle), Sheval (top right) and Heras (bottom right).

Hick

Aldarwin, with origami by Origami Explorateur.

Bibi Una

Kuby (top) and unidentified artist (ground).

Haks, Kuby and Yekso collaboration.

Sank (top), Zenow (ground left) and Medor (ground right).

Aper

Mirabolle

The Crazy Apes crew wall featuring Crane, Korb, Havok, Fezat, Akuma and Mistx.

The ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up 1/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 2/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 3/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 4/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Close-up 5/5 on the ‘Gentil Crew’ wall featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo.

Collaboration wall of Ankh One, Nikki Küntzle, Ravens Or Crows and Peach Journal.

Scribe and Tchug collaboration. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up on Tchug‘s character on his collaborative wall with Scribe.

Close-up on some of Scribe‘s characters and graphics on his collaborative wall with Tchug.

The complete LTG & POM crews’ wall featuring EK Sept, Fokus, Rizek, Elfu, Seork, Serum, Hoar, Aces, Hozek, Gost and Grils. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up on EK Sept (top), Fokus (middle) and Rizek‘s (bottom) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Elfu (left) and Seork‘s (right) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Serum‘s piece on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Aces (top) and Hoar‘s (ground) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

Close-up on Grils (top left), Gost (ground left) and Hozek‘s (right) pieces on the LTG/POM wall.

On the roof above the LTG/POM wall is this piece by Kor.

MC Baldassari

Raphael Dairon

Wuna

Christina Mazzulla

Maliciouz

Aude Maeva

The complete 123 Klan wall. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up on Scien’s piece on the 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Klor‘s piece on the 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Esprit‘s piece guesting on the 123 Klan wall.

Close-up on Aiik‘s piece on the 123 Klan wall. The character is by Scien.

Grils

Box Vincent

Lapin

Nemo

Dalkhafine

Labrona

Alex Produkt

Moule

Adida Fallen Angel at ground level and Makenoize way above. Scroll down for more installations and pasted pieces by Makenoize.

Devon Gold

Jasp

Marine Martinelli

Slö

M’Os Geez

Mirov‘s mix of painting and pasting.

ROC514 and Flavor.

Smile

Carolina Espinosa wheatpaste 1/4.

Carolina Espinosa wheatpaste 2/4.

Carolina Espinosa wheatpaste 3/4.

Carolina Espinosa wheatpaste 4/4.

Drippin’ Soul

Jimmy Baptiste

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Salvandalius on door, with Nero above.

Salvandalius

Makenoize installation.

Makenoize

Makenoize

I Am Batman on garbage container.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether

Benny Wilding aka Cemz aka Ether is the ultimate urban artist, having started off as a graffiti writer and then evolved into becoming one of Montreal’s great muralists. He started in 1997 writing ‘Cemz’ and quickly earned the respect of his peers. Around 2004 he switched to writing ‘Ether’ and kept that name for a bit more than a decade. Over 2016, as his career as a muralist started growing significantly, he reverted back to ‘Cemz’ and this is his regular writing name nowadays. His main allegiance over the years has been with the crew TFB, but he’s also in DA, TFO and more recently KG (to name a few), crews that include many of our city’s best writers.

His murals and other figurative pieces are usually mash-ups of various pop-art vintage elements: cartoons, old logos, commercial lettering and other nostalgia-tinged iconography inspired by old ads and catalogues. Most interestingly, they also often include his name-piece, creating a contrast between that warm nostalgia and his wildstyle street side.

To learn more about Benny Wilding, have a look at this great 2018 interview by Mural Festival. To view more than I was able to photograph, and to see his work outside Montreal as well as his studio work, folow him on Instagram. Finally, there’s a short bio and photos of work he has done for Ashop in this Ashop bio.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether est le parfait artiste urbain, ayant débuté comme graffeur puis graduellement fait son chemin pour devenir un des grands muralistes de Montréal. Il a débuté en 1997 sous le nom ‘Cemz’ et a rapidement gagné le respect de ses pairs. Aux environs de 2004 il a commencé à écrire ‘Ether’ et a conservé ce nom pour une douzaine d’années. Au cours de l’année 2016, alors que sa carrière de muraliste prenait de l’essor, il a repris le nom ‘Cemz’ et c’est ce nom qu’il utilise de nos jours pour ses pièces de graffiti. Sa principale affiliation au fil des années a été avec le crew TFB, mais il fait aussi partie de DA, TFO et plus récemment KG (pour n’en nommer que quelques uns), des crews incluant plusieurs des meilleurs graffeurs de Montréal.

Ses murales et autres pièces figuratives combinent généralement divers éléments pop-art vintages tels que des personnages de bandes dessinées, des logos, du graphisme commercial ainsi que des personnage ou objets tirés de vieilles pubs ou de vieux catalogues. Fait intéressant, ses grandes créations incluent aussi son nom en plein milieu, mettant ainsi en contraste le coté nostalgique et réconfortant de l’iconographie vintage avec la modernité de son graffiti wildstyle.

Pour en apprendre plus sur Benny Wilding, vous êtes invités à lire cette entrevue pour Festival Mural datant de 2018. Pour voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, particulièrement ses oeuvres hors-Montréal ainsi que son travail en studio, suivez-le sur Instagram. Enfin, une courte biographie et des photos de son travail pour Ashop se trouvent sur le site d’Ashop.


Benny Wilding

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.

This is the left half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This is the right half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This tribute to local Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

Benny Wilding’s segment on a long tribute to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not visible in this shot). The wall also includes a Cemz letter piece, scroll down to view.

Tribute to Scaner by Sober, Benny Wilding, Mersh, Tyke and Sage at the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Ankh One and Benny Wilding collaboration in Verdun. The white dots are actually raised from the wall and spell out “multiculturel” in Braille language.

This mural is found downtown.

This nostalgia mural at Plaza St-Hubert incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

One of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

Benny Wilding / Cemz at Plaza Walls.

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (1/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (2/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (3/3).

This Ashop mural was designed by Fluke and executed by Zek and Benny Wilding.

Ether / Benny Wilding in Petite-Patrie.

This is Benny Wilding’s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. It includes a Ether letter piece.

This long wall in the Plateau is a collaboration with Hsix on the three Gilles Duceppe characters.

Trackside wall for Ashop under the name Cems.

Benny Wilding as Ether for the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.


Cemz

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.

In Ahuntsic.

In the Plateau.

For the 2020 edition of Under Pressure.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

In a Rosemont alley.

In the Plateau.

In the East.

In the Plateau.

In Mile End.

In Côte des Neiges.

In a Petite-Patrie alley.

In the Plateau.

This detail of the Scan You Rock tribute wall to Scaner shows Cemz’s part. Click on the latter link to view the complete wall.

The Boro wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Cemz (top letters), Esprit (left half) and Sight (bottom right letters).

Cemz in the Plateau.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

This is Cemz’s letter piece on a long tribute wall to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not shown here). The wall also features a figurative segment, scroll up to the Benny Wilding section above to view.

Cemz on letters and Axe Lalime on shark, in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s piece for the Time Is Gold production, Scaner‘s final one.

In Côte des Neiges.

On a Hochelaga metal shutter.

At Plaza Walls.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s half of a long alley wall with Scaner. Close-ups on the 2 characters as well as a third one not seen in this shot are featured in the Benny Wilding section above.