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Axe Lalime

Axe Lalime, or simply Axe, is a very prolific and versatile Montreal artist active since 1995. He stems from the world of graffiti but excels in various forms of figurative art, be it mural or on canvas. He is very active with the K6A crew, but also pays allegiance to crews KG and CFC. He has in the past been a frequent collaborator on A’Shop productions.

The photo gallery below is therefore mainly split into sections featuring his graffiti pieces, his figurative work as well as the great collective projects by A’Shop and K6A to which he contributed. To see more than what I had the chance to photograph, check out his Facebook and Instagram pages and this great video showing Axe at work on various pieces featured below.

Axe Lalime, ou tout simplement Axe, est un artiste montréalais prolifique et versatile, actif depuis 1995. Il vient du milieu du graffiti mais excelle aussi en art figuratif qu’il soit mural ou sur canevas. Il est très actif avec le collectif K6A mais prête aussi allégeance aux crews KG et CFC. Il a été de par le passé un fréquent collaborateur sur des projets réalisés par A’Shop.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous est conséquemment divisée en sections présentant ses pièces de graffiti, ses oeuvres figuratives ainsi que les grands projets collectifs auxquels il a participé aux cotés d’A’Shop et de K6A. Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram ainsi qu’a cette capsule video montre l’artiste en action, travaillant sur plusieurs des pièces présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous.


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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.

Axe (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (ground letters) for the Time Is Gold production.

One more bit by Axe for the Time Is Gold production, this is King the squirrel.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Axe (top), Zek (bottom left), Awe (bottom right) and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

With Fleo on the left, in Ville-Emard.

With Fleo on the right, and an older piece by Serak above, in industrial Montreal.

Axe’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2016 Percussion Festival.

Minivan side.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

Axe (top) and Wuna (ground level) at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Section of a K6A production in St-Henri, above Dodo Osé.

In industrial Montreal.

Axe (character and letters on the left) and Monk.e (character and letters middle and right), in Hochelaga.

On truckside, with Tchug.

In St-Henri.

Truckside.

Rooftop in Hochelaga.

Axe’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery (on the back wall).

In Sherbrooke.

Axe’s part in a graff wall with Scaner and Kemr in Hochelaga.

Rooftop session next to Serak.

With Astro in Hochelaga.

Axe on doors and SBU One on the right, in St-Henri.

In a St-Henri alley.

Trackside Pointe-St-Charles.

Saer (left) and Axe (right) in Hochelaga.

Part of a K6A wall in Hochelaga.


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 St-Henri.

Community-oriented wall in a Rosemont-Petite-Patrie alley.

From a Plateau production curated by Axe himself. The piece continues around the right-side corner, see below.

The piece in the above photo continues around the corner, beneath letters by Stare.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Crane on letters and Axe on character, from a Plateau production curated by Axe.

In Rosemont.

Dodo Osé with Axe on smaller characters, in the South West.

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

A bit more by Axe for the Scan You Rock jam.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Awe in Ahuntsic.

Work-in-progress nearly completed for the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

With Snikr on the right for the 2016 Chemin Vert production.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With letters by Crane on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

With letters by Naimo on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

For Plaza Walls.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With Fleo on letters at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rooftop part at the Plaza St-Hubert (2 sides displayed).

On back of truck.

In Petite-Patrie.

On a post of Plaza St-Hubert.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

In Old Montreal.

Character between Sewer and F.One at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Scaner on letters and Axe on characters, in Petite-Patrie.

With Monk.e on this K6A wall in Hochelaga.

Full mural by Axe, for Muralité, in Mile-End.

Axe on character, Smak on bottom letters with older letters by Pito top right, at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

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

Scaner and Axe’s contribution to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Maniak (top left), Zek (bottom left), Axe and Fluke for K6A and A’Shop (right), at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Scaner (bottom letters), Ether TFB (middle letters), Serack (top letters), Axe (bottom left) and Hsix (right) for the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

Axe on dragon and rats, with Stare on ‘K’ and ‘G’ and Scaner on other background lettering, in Rosemont. See below for close-up of Axe’s rats in the bottom right corner.

Close-up of Axe’s rats from the mural above with Stare and Scaner.

Letters by Scaner (center ground level) between hissing felines by Axe, Feka and Peur (middle) and wheatpaste by Lovebot (top), by train tracks in Mile End.

Detail of a larger mural piece with other artists in a Plateau alley.

Perhaps with others, doing the K6A logo in Griffintown.

Next to letters by Scaner in Ville-Marie. See below for another character by Axe on this long mural.

From a long wall in Ville-Marie, see also other segment above.

Scaner (text), Earth Crusher (central figure) and Axe (end figures) in abandoned industrial building.

In Rosemont.

Commissioned pieces on garage doors in Hochelaga by Scaner and/or Axe.

A’Shop featuring Axe and Fluke ‘mural’ on a pillar of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Hochelaga alley, perhaps with someone else.


contribution to multi-artist murals

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 1/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 2/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 3/3).

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

Under Pressure 2016 K6A wall featuring Axe (racoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

K6A’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Philemon.

Under Pressure Festival 2014 production by the K6A collective featuring Fleo, Monk.e, Dodo Osé, Serack, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

A’Shop‘s wall for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Axe alongside Fluke, Zek and Apashe.

This classic A’Shop mural in NDG features Fluke, Axe, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

NME mural on Papineau featuring Stare, Scaner, Monk.e, Kers, Axe, Vect and perhaps others.


bandaid logo

Axe’s signature bandaid logo is often used to sign his murals and pieces (as seen in many instances above). It is also often painted by itself here and there as some sort of elaborate tag. The handful shown below is just a small fraction of the number I have found over the years.

Tel que vu ci-dessus, Axe signe plusieurs de ses murales et autres pièces avec son logo représentant deux pansements entrecroisés. Ce logo lui sert aussi de tag. Les quelques exemplaires montrés ci-dessous ne sont qu’une très petite fraction de ce que j’ai trouvé au cours des dernières années.

Wall of flops from the Time Is Gold production featuring Axe’s bandaid amongst many others (in yellow, second row from the top, second from the left).


tags and throws

Tags by Scaner (above) and Axe.


stickers

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Scan You Rock

Over the weekend of 22-23 April 2017 the Montreal graffiti community got together to celebrate Scaner, one of this city’s best and most respected writers/artists. For the occasion, the walls of the MPC Papers building on the corner of Cabot and Gilmore in the South West (a Montreal graffiti hotspot) were completely redone by over two dozens of Montreal’s best writers and artists, plus friends of Scaner’s who traveled from as far as the USA and Barcelona for the occasion. All in all, nearly 40 new pieces were created during the weekend, they are all shown in the gallery below.

The building where the event took place has been in the past the site of graffiti gatherings such as Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock. This is why the event was unofficially dubbed with the pun Scan You Rock and the name stuck.

See also:
Wall2wallMTL photo spotlight on Scaner
pre-Scan You Rock photo gallery of the Cabot x Gilmore walls

Au cours du weekend du 22-23 avril 2017 la communauté graffiti montréalaise s’est réunie pour célébrer Scaner, un de nos meilleurs artistes dans ce domaine, et sans contredit un des plus respectés. Pour l’occasion, les murs de l’édifice MPC Papers au coin de Cabot et de Gilmore dans le sud-ouest (un hotspot graffiti de Montréal) ont été complètement refaits par au moins deux douzaines des meilleurs artistes montréalais du graffiti ainsi que par quelques amis graffeurs de Scaner qui sont venus d’aussi loin que des Etats-Unis et de Barcelone pour l’occasion. En tout, près d’une quarantaine de nouvelles pièces ont été créées au cours de cette fin de semaine, elles sont toutes présentées dans la gallerie ci-dessous.

L’édifice où l’événement a eu lieu a par le passé été le site de festivals graffiti tels que Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock. C’est ainsi que quelqu’un a officieusement baptisé l’événement du jeu de mot Scan You Rock, et le nom est resté.

A voir aussi:
profil photo Wall2wallMTL sur Scaner
gallerie-photo des murs Cabot x Gilmore, pré-Scan You Rock


Cabot side

The celebrated man himself, Scaner.

Above Scaner’s piece is this bird of prey by Axe flying off with Scaner’s iconic ‘Mr Can Do’.

Hsix

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Stare.

Eskae from Miami.

Roachi from Brooklyn via Sydney.

Hoacs from New York.

Soten from Copenhagen / New York.

Trace from New York.

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Zek.

Jat from Brooklyn.

Harry Bones from Barcelona.

Musa from Barcelona.

Kemr from Boston.

Awe

ATWZ

Cemz (top) and Smak (ground level).

Nixon (top) and Sober (ground level).


Gilmore side

Jaker (top), Legal (middle) and Johste (ground).

Earth Crusher

The AG Crew‘s Snipes and Senk.

The 123Klan’s Scien.

The 123Klan’s Klor.

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Jaber.

Sino

Narc

Shok

Pito

Skor

Some

Sewk

Kemt


building end

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character)

Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best murals and other painted street art pieces of 2016 in Montreal. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as 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.

It was already difficult selecting 100 ceations, it was 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 a few much-loved artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 collages street art de 2016
Top 100 pièces graffitis de 2016


Phillip Adams‘ annual mural for les Habitations Jeanne-Mance, produced by Mu.

The Art Gang‘s Snipes at Plaza Walls.

Another one by Art Gang aka the AG Crew, this one produced before Plaza Walls. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by the AG Crew.

Akuma One and Korb mural in Villeray. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by these two Crazy Apes.

Huge mural by Algue and Opire at Plaza Walls.

Two sides of a municipal building in the Port of Montreal by Ankh One for A’Shop.

Ankh One and Fluke in Hochelaga. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’ and ‘Zek’) for more from Fluke.

Ankh One and Shadow‘s contribution to a huge A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production further down this list under ‘Five Eight’ and ‘Fonki’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘A’Shop’ and under ‘Shadow’) for more by these two artists.

Apok in Rosemont.

Apok around letters by Eskro in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. Eskro has made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Astred Collective mural in Pointe St-Charles, featuring Eskro (letters) and Apok (figurative).

Astro in Petite-Patrie. This was on the Plaza Walls programme despite not being in the Plaza St-Hubert immediate neighbourhood.

(Two photos above) Two angles of these Plateau schoolyard sheds done by Astro at the beginning of the summer.

(Three photos above) This long wall on the side of a Hochelaga daycare was made more cheerful by Astro.

The side wall of this Taichi studio in Ahuntsic was embellished with this beautiful piece by Axe and Awe. Another bit by Axe on the right was from earlier than 2016. Monk.e also participated to this mural (he’s on the left), but his entries in this Top 100 are featured below under his name and Tiburon’s. Both Axe and Awe have made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016, Axe under his own name, ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’; Awe under his own name and ‘Lyfer’.

Axe on a tin covered wall at Plaza Walls.

This is Jonathan Bergeron‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Bik Ismo was a last minute addition to the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival and produced one of the most loved walls this year.

A small but fascinating piece by Biko in an obscure spot beneath an overpass. Check the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016 for more by Biko.

A garage door by Bosny in Plateau End.

This is a collaborative mural between Bosny and Koal for Plaza Walls. If you look closely, you’ll see that the white shapes are very stylized letters making the names of the two artists (Koal, then Bosny). Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by these two.

Botkin came up with 10 sidewalk pieces for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. Three of these have made this Top 100, this one and the two below.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Collaboration between Luc Bouchard (background) and Haks (robots) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for one more mural by Haks. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by Haks.

This is another mural by Luc Bouchard near the one above, but he’s solo on this one.

The internationally reknowned Buff Monster was on the programme of the Mural Festival this past year.

(Above two photos) Clandestinos, the duo of Shalak and Bruno Smoky, paid us a quick visit at the end of the summer and left us the two sides of this Rosemont park container.

Cryote had a busy year in 2016. This unofficial creation was found on the sliding doors of an abandoned place in Côte des Neiges.

It was the year of the dog in Montreal street art in 2016, in big part because of a controversial by-law banning pitbulls and other related breeds. Cryote is one of many artists who took the paintbrush and spraycan in protest of this cruel decision that will eventually lead to the euthanasia of many harmless dogs.

Cryote (central figures) and Waxhead (leafy figures and door) in a Mile End alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ for more by these two artists.

Melissa del Pinto was commissioned by Mu for this beautiful piece on the wall of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new pavilion.

There were a lot of famous international names from the street art circuit on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, including that of D*Face.

Dodo Osé‘s star took a leap in 2016; this little masterpiece in a Hochelaga alley is just one of many great works the artist produced this past year.

Dodo Osé also came up with this beautiful downtown tribute to his native city of Lyon.

Another Dodo Osé entry in this Top 100, this one was done in St-Henri. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 (under ‘K6A’) for more by this artist.

Off-Mural Festival work by Earth Crusher. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Earth Crusher (under ‘Five Eight’).

Elfu makes this yearly roundup with this funny Oktoberfest piece. Next to it are letters by his POM crewmate EK Sept. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by those two, under ‘POM’.

This past year we were finally treated to a proper mural by Ella & Pitr. The duo had in the past produced a number of great pieces in Montreal, but these were always on roofs and parking spaces, therefore only visible to people flying above and could only be photographed with the help of a drone.

There were a lot of big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, but Montreal is home to a lot of great talent and local artist Five Eight produced one of this year’s most loved murals. Have a look at the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by this artist/writer.

Five Eight and Rouks collaborated on this segment of a huge project put together by A’Shop in NDG. More from this A’Shop production above under ‘Ankh One’ and below under ‘Fonki’. Scroll down for more great collaborative work by Rouks.

This is Fonki‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

There were a log of dogs in Montreal street art in 2016, partly because of that anti-pitbull by-law, but also because two big murals were commissioned by owners in tribute to their dogs who had passed away. This is the one done by Fonki, scroll down to Kevin Ledo for the other one.

Fonki also collaborated with Ms Teri on a segment of a mega A’Shop production in NDG. More from this huge production above under ‘Ankh One’ and ‘Five Eight’. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post for more by Ms Teri.

A street art hotspot in a Mile End alley was completely redone in 2016 following construction on some of its walls. This one by Gawd is one of the new pieces found there.

Gawd (right) and Labrona (left) also make this Top 100 with this unofficial combo on the wall of an abandoned building in Mercier. Scroll down for more work by these two, under ‘Labrona’. The two also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Germdee is a new big addition to the local street art scene. He started being active late spring and within a few months he produced an impressive number of pieces in Plateau/Mile End alleys and beyond. His impact on the local scene is also felt through the numerous collaborations and productions he put together with many fellow artists and crewmates.

Some off-Mural Festival work by Carly and Nick Gregson.

Thanks to the buzz created by the Plaza Walls event this summer, Haks managed to get this commission from a Plaza St-Hubert business, his largest solo work to date. Scroll up for more by Haks under ‘Luc Bouchard’. Haks also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

French artist Hobz paid us a visit during the summer and this Plaza Walls creation is one of the two major pieces he left us before heading back home.

Hobz‘s other production during his stay in Montreal also made this yearly Top 100.

HoarKor aka HRKR were the ones commissioned to redo the terrasse wall of the Foufounes Electriques during this year’s Under Pressure Festival.

Another big project this past year for HRKR was the front wall of this Plateau bar. The duo have also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Hsix hit a double whammy, he was on the programme of both the Mural Festival and Under Pressure this year. This is his contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Besides contributing to this city’s two major international street art and graffiti events this year, Hsix also contributed to Plaza Walls with this much noticed piece.

The front wall of this Plateau bookstore was redone by Hsix this past year.

One of the bigger walls of the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (character on the left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top letters), all tied together by Monk.e. Scroll down for more by Monk.e and Sermob under ‘Monk.e’, and more Sermob under his own name.

Here is Klone Yourself‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (animals) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Gawd’. The two also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Kevin Ledo was commissioned to produce this beautiful tall mural on Décarie as a tribute to someone’s deceased dog. The small piece at the base is an older one by John Kaye.

This is Kevin Ledo‘s tribute to local comedian/actress Janine Sutto. The mural was commissioned by Mu and is found in Centre-Sud.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls this autumn was to witness the creation of this beautiful mural by El Mac.

Mateo‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

This is Mateo on the side wall of a church in Petite-Patrie. Mateo also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

A brilliant mural piece by MC Baldassari in a Plateau alley.

(Two photos above) MC Baldassari (top photo) and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine (bottom photo) set of garage doors in the Plateau.

Meggs‘ sponsored wall for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Some great work by Monk.e on the tin-covered side of a garage at Plaza Walls. More Monk.e can be found in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 post, under ‘A’Shop’.

(Three photos above) Monk.e was commissioned to embellish a number of city park containers this summer. This one stands out of the lot, in huge part because of the striking feline stare on its front (top photo). The two other shots are views of the sides and back.

Monk.e hosted Mexican artist Sermob for a few months during the summer and together they gave this K6A wall in Hochelaga its annual makeover. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Hsix’. Monk.e is also featured in a collaboration with Tibuton further down this list.

This is Mono Sourcil on the side of a Plateau café. Mono Sourcil also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Mono Sourcil in a Plateau End alley which was completely taken over this past summer under the supervision of Germdee. Visible in the background is a piece by Wzrds Gng.

Portrait of Gaston Miron by Omen on a wall of a Montreal Nord school. Bottom part is preemptive damage control by the artist himself.

This striking Julian Palma mural was commissioned by Mu for the 35th anniversary of the Montreal Alzheimer’s Society.

Another one of the big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival was Pantone‘s.

Mural in Petite-Patrie by La Parade (MngeLeKrak / Ludo Mio)

An eerie one from the mind of Alex Produkt.

This is a brilliant collaboration between Rouks (woman) and Lapin (head dress) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. If you look closely, you’ll see that the feathers on the woman’s headdress are actually graffiti letters by Speak (top feather), Capes (middle feather), Eskae (bottom feather). Also visible in this shot are pieces by Sirvis (above) and Cole (bottom right).

SBU One in Petite-Patrie.

SBU One in the Plateau. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls is this huge mural by Sen2 Figueroa which was created in parallel to a show of his work at the Art Gang gallery.

Sermob and Naimo collaboration in the Plateau. More by Sermob above under ‘Hsix’ and ‘Monk.e’. Naimo has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Skor proved this year that he is more than just a brilliant writer. His first figurative piece (other than cartoon characters with his graffiti burners) is this impressive portrait of his grandfather on the anniversary of his passing away. Check out the full piece including letters by himself and crewmate Narc. Skor also has four entries in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Stela on a Rosemont wall.

Tava in Griffintown for the Montreal Heart Institute.

This tribute to the Goonies movie by Tchekon struck a nostalgic nerve with a lot of people this past summer.

(Two photos above) These two pieces by Tchug are part of a Hochelaga mural with Zek and Stare (check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for the parts of the latter two writers).

Tchug in Rosemont.

Tchug’s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (background) truck side collaboration. Scroll up for more by Monk.e under his name and under ‘Hsix’.

Tiburón‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

(Three photos above) Three entomological pieces by Tone. Click on images to zoom in and appreciate all the intricate details of the wings.

Turf One is one of the artists who took the brush and spraycan this past year in protest against the city’s ban on pitbulls and other related breeds. This huge mural was done for Plaza Walls.

Here’s another protest piece by Turf One, this one commissioned by the SPCA who were also against the city’s cruel pitbull by-law.

Turtle Caps on a Plateau alley garage door.

The production of the year (excluding festival-related ones) is without a doubt the one curated by Waxhead and Cryote on the wall of a Plateau End youth center. This shot shows one of the production’s three walls, it brings together Waxhead (2 cats, foliage), Cryote (pink dog and blue dog head), Peru143 (yellow letters), Meor (beneath pink dog), Gets (green letters), Pound Puppy (dog bottom right) and Mole Patrol (bottom left). Scroll up for more by Waxhead and Cryote under the latter artist’s name. Meor has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Waxhead on a sliding door inside an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Waxhead on a Plateau door. Waxhead also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

XRAY‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. XRAY also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Zek in Montreal West. Zek has obviously also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

Hsix

Hsix comes from the world of graffiti but, as the image gallery below shows, he is mostly known nowadays for his amazing portraits of real life local heroes and villains. The heroes are generally historical socio-political figures who have had a significant positive impact on our society, while the villains are often present-day politicians, authority figures and other celebrities who have made the news for their reprehensible actions or words.

And it’s in his denunciation of the crooks, hypocrites and liars of this world that Hsix shines the most. The way in which the artist satirises his villains is always clever, but varies in subtlety. In some cases the satire is subtle and clever enough to fly over the heads of most of an ill-informed or uninterested audience. But some not-so-subtle pieces sparked controversy and made the news. And never were those more controversial pieces created with an intention of self-promotion, as they were all done anonymously (the media were always in the dark about the identity of the artist behind those unsigned mural pieces).

Beyond controversy and the causes that motivate his art, Hsix is an amazing portraitist and among the best of the best of Montreal’s urban art scene. He is in fact part of the very select 156 All Starz, an international crew bringing together the best graffiti writers in the world.

The artist has worked under a number of aliases in the past but has now settled solely on the name Hsix. His presence on the internet is therefore rather limited. Check out his Facebook and Instagram pages for a bit more information and lots more pictures of his graffiti and street art work than is presented here.

Hsix vient du monde du graffiti mais, comme on peut le voir dans la gallerie-photo ci-dessous, il est maintenant surtout reconnu pour ses formidables portraits de héros et de vilains locaux. Ses héros sont généralement des personnalités socio-politiques historiques ayant eu un impact positif sur notre société, tandis que ses vilains sont souvent des célébrités, figures d’autorité et politiciens contemporains qui ont fait les manchettes pour leurs actions ou paroles répréhensibles.

Et c’est quand il s’attaque aux corrompus, hypocrites et menteurs de ce monde que Hsix brille le plus. Sa satire est toujours très rusée mais peut varier en subtilité. Elle peut être plutôt subtile et habilement échapper à un auditoire ignorant ou peu intéressé par les causes socio-politiques. Mais elle peut aussi être moins subtile et créer une controverse dans les médias. Il faut préciser ici que l’artiste dans ces situations plus controversées semble avoir toujours agi dans un but de dénonciation et jamais avec une intention d’auto-promotion puisque les oeuvres n’étaient jamais signées (en fait les médias devaient souvent admettre être dans l’ignorance totale quand à l’identité de l’auteur de ces oeuvres controversées).

Au delà de la controverse et des causes qui l’animent, Hsix est un formidable portraitiste et un de nos meilleurs artistes urbains à l’heure actuelle. Il fait d’ailleurs partie du très select collectif 156 All Starz qui regroupe les meilleurs artistes internationaux du monde du graffiti.

L’artiste a travaillé sous quelques pseudonymes avant de s’arrêter sur celui de Hsix. Sa présence sur l’internet est en conséquence plutôt limitée. Jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram pour en apprendre un peu plus et surtout pour voir une plus grande quantité d’oeuvres que celles présentées ici.


figurative work

Hsix’s part in the Scan You Rock mega-jam.

Hsix’s contribution to the Art Gang‘s Plaza Walls project depicts Gillian Anderson.

For the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, Hsix (Roy Dupuis character bottom left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top), all tied together by Monk.e. The choice of Roy Dupuis as a subject and the “Whitewashing Roy” title came from controversial comments made by the latter comedian earlier that year regarding the treatment of native people by white settlers (he stated that the settlers did not mistreat native people as badly as shown in the movie The Revenant). It fit the anti-colonialist theme of that edition of Under Pressure.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. This was the first of two Hsix murals in 2016 showing Roy Dupuis. See Under Pressure mural above this one for the reason behind the choice of the latter actor as subject.

Semi-official contribution ahead of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. Depicted is Marc Arcand, a character played by Marc Beaupré in television series Série Noire.

Canadian anti-fascist doctor Norman Bethune on the wall of a Plateau library.

Plateau mural featuring the input of Zek on letters, bottom left. The character depicted is Albert Saint-Martin, a local socialist militant from the beginning of the 20th century. The pickles are a nod to the pickle factory formerly found next door.

Contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Hsix (Eric Lapointe and Mars Attacks character), Zek (central letters), Mark Esprit (bottom left letters), Dcae and Dekor.

This Plateau mural by Benny Wilding features three depictions of Gilles Duceppe by Hsix.

2017 ad for a show by Martin Perizzolo.

Zek and Hsix in NDG, complete wall. See details of the 2 Hsix parts below.

Hsix detail #1 of the above collaboration with Zek in NDG.

Hsix detail #2 of the above collaboration with Zek in NDG.

Mural honouring Lea Roback, produced for Muralité.

This mural depicting then chief of police Marc Parent was quickly painted over under pressure from the SPVM. It is shown here as a work-in-progress because it was painted over very quickly after completion and this is the most completed shot I managed to get before it was censored by the police. Needless to say that this mural and its fate also got a lot of attention from the media.

Hsix (Ian Lafrenière character) and Mark Esprit (bottom left letters) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival: Ether TFB (middle letters), Scaner (bottom letters), Axe (bottom left), Serack (top letters) and Hsix (Guy Laliberté character).

Hsix’s part in a collaboration with Zek in Montreal West (Zek’s part not shown here).

Depicting Léo Bureau-Blouin in Hochelaga. This was not done as an honour but as a satire as the latter leader in the 2012 student strikes went on to flip his coat over in order to get into politics.

Much mediatized satire of Guy A.Lepage in Hochelaga. The media tried to figure out for a long time who the artist behind this piece might be. Giraffe by Dcae.

This Hochelaga mural shows Normand L’Amour. This is a work-in-progress, it was never completed because the owner objected to having a homosexual on his wall (!).

Sen2 (top left), Logek (bottom left) and Hsix (right) at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

In negative in the Plateau.

Hsix contributed to this tribute to Prince Dock by doing Dock. The mural also involves the input of Stare, etc.

Zek (left) and Hsix (right) collaboration in Hochelaga showing Back To The Future’s Michael J.Fox and Crispin Glover.

Zek (left) and Hsix (right) collaboration in NDG.

Mr.T, a red-winged blackbird, Darth Vader and an unidentified character on this Hochelaga mural. There used to be a Jean Charest in the middle spot, but it was messed with and painted over.


letters

In a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

Hsix’s part in a multi-artist wall in the Plateau.

Graffiti mural in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Mono Sourcil (left character) in a Hochelaga alley.

Old piece in a Hochelaga alley.

Hsix’s contribution to a multi-artist wall done for the Essencia Festival in 2010 in Hochelaga.

Under Pressure Festival 2016

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

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


K6A wall featuring Axe (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

Kuby (top), Haks (middle) and Nemo (bottom).

Ankh One (top), Eskro (middle), Apok (bottom right) and OG Katz (bottom left).

Serna (top), Asyne (middle), Minus Two (bottom letters) and Rouks (bird; from larger piece, see below)

Rouks (woman and bird), Lapin (headdress) and Sirvis (top). If you look closely, you’ll see that the feathers on the woman’s headdress are actually graffiti letters by Speak (top feather), Capes (middle feather), Eskae One (bottom feather).

123Klan wall featuring Scien (bottom left) and Klor (bottom right), plus guests Mark Esprit (top left) and Zek (top right)

Hsix (bottom left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top), all tied together by Monk.e.

A very large wheatpaste by Miss Me, plus one of her previously seen Portrait Of A Vandal wheatpastes top left.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 1/4: Havok on letters and Fezat on toys.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 2/4: Akuma on letters and Fezat and Korb on toys.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 3/4: Crane on letters and Fezat and Korb on toys.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 4/4: Mistx on letters and Korb on toys.

Tchug

Five Eight (top), Skor (middle) and Cemz (bottom), with a bit of help from Earth Crusher / Dré.

Acro (top) and Distort (ground). The dancing punk guy is from an earlier edition of Under Pressure.

SBU One

M’Os Geez

Tiburón

Awe

The 203 crew wall featuring, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold.

Collaboration between MC Baldassari (character) and Mateo (around character).

Maliciouz

Ms Teri, with help from Sobe at the top.

Scribe

Loopkin

One Ton

One Ton, in the same door recess as below.

One Ton, in the same door recess as above.

HRKR on the wall of the terrasse of the Foufounes Electriques.

Wuna and Sly2.

Dial M wheatpaste over painted door.

Mono Sourcil representing 4U.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (animals).

Azulejo tiles made out of sugar, by Shelley Miller.

Tava

Kat

Marc-André Giguère

Adida Fallen Angel

Jaymie Dylan

Louisa Donnelly

CA3

Cgo

IAmBatman on container.

Monstr (left) and MSHL (right) posters in windows.

MSHL (left) and Monstr (right) posters in windows.

Mirabolle posters in windows.

Dalkhafine posters in windows.

Posters by unidentified artist.

Zek

Zek is an institution in both the Montreal graffiti and street art scenes. He started doing graffiti in 1993 and eventually moved on to figurative art. Being decicated to his work and immensely talented in both art forms, he gradually forged his way into the Montreal urban art hall of fame, respected by his fellow writers for his style and loved by fans of street art for the photorealism of his figurative work.

Zek is one of the few writers/artists of his generation still very active. It is no surprise that he has helped shape and define the Montreal scene, having been cited as an influence by so many writers and artists who came after him. He is very involved with A’Shop, not just as an artist but also as a project supervisor. He also collaborates with other artists on multi-writer graffiti murals and does a lot of solo work as well.

For more on this internationally renowned Montreal pillar, check out Zekone.com and Zek’s Instagram. His collaborative work with other A’Shop artists can be seen on A’Shop webpage.

Zek est une institution des scènes de graffiti et de street art à Montréal. Il a découvert le graffiti en 1993 et ceci l’a éventuellement mené à l’art mural figuratif. Grâce à son talent et sa persévérance il a graduellement pris sa place au temple de la renommée de l’art urbain montréalais. Il est respecté par ses pairs du milieu du graffiti pour son style, et admiré des amateurs de street art pour le photoréalisme de son art figuratif.

Zek est un des quelques artistes de sa génération qui sont toujours actifs. Ayant été cité comme une influence par de nombreux graffeurs qui l’ont suivi, il a contribué à façonner la scène et le style montréalais. Il fait partie du collectif A’Shop, non seulement en tant qu’artiste mais aussi comme directeur de projets. Il collabore souvent à des murales multi-artistes et travaille aussi à l’occasion en solo.

Pour plus d’information sur ce pilier montréalais de réputation internationale, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à Zekone.com et Instagram. Ses collaborations avec le collectif A’Shop se trouvent dans les galleries-photos du site web d’A’Shop.

figurative work, solo

Beautiful piece in Monkland village.

Figurative/letter mix in Montreal West.

Another figurative/letter combo, this one downtown.

Zek’s half of a wall also featuring Hsix (not pictured) in Montreal West.

On one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Plateau back alley.

In Montreal West.

This one of three trackside murals in NDG by A’Shop was done by Zek.

figurative work, with collaborators

This iconic and internationally renowned Montreal mural by A’Shop features Fluke, Axe, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

A’Shop‘s contribution to the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Axe, Zek, Apashe and Fluke.

A’Shop mural in the Plateau featuring Dodo Osé, Phile, Zek and Fluke.

Tribute mural to Bad News Brown by A’Shop featuring Saer, Fluke and Zek.

A’Shop mural in Hochelaga featuring Zek and Dodo Osé.

A’Shop mural in Côte des Neiges featuring Dré, Dodo Osé and Zek.

Zek and Dodo Osé for A’Shop in Ahuntsic.

This A’Shop mural for the Mercier library features Zek, Dodo Osé and Ankh One. Photo © A’Shop.

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

This Trife Life / Dfek garage door features Zek.

A’Shop mural featuring Zek, Fluke and Benny Wilding.

Zek, Simo, Fiuser and Swarm in the Plateau.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 1/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 2/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 3/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 4/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 5/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 6/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 7/7.

Zek and Hsix in NDG, complete wall. See details below.

Detail #1 of the Zek and Hsix wall in NDG shown above.

Detail #2 of the Zek and Hsix wall in NDG shown above.

graffiti

Zek’s part in the Time Is Gold production.

In a Plateau alley.

From a K6A and friends jam in St-Henri.

With Axe, Awe and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

From the Scan You Rock mega-jam in the South West.

In upper Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On truck side for the 2016 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. The back is by Zek with Shadow who did the opposite side of this truck.

The 123Klan contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features guests Mark Esprit (top left) and Zek (top right).

Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right) on the A’Shop wall in Hochelaga.

Zek’s final piece of 2016.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Zek from a Hochelaga production also featuring Tchug (right) and Stare (not in photo).

From a Hochelaga production also featuring Trace and Monk.e (not in photo).

From A’Shop‘s Chemin Vert block party in Mile-End.

With Fluke on the right at Plaza Walls.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

In Côte des Neiges.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek’s part in a 123Klan production in Plateau End.

In an alley prior to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

In Rosemont.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

For a block party in Mile End.

On a park’s garbage bin.