This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2016 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 happened to slip 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.
It was a rather quiet year for stickers. Many of our slappers were out of town for extended periods of time or were just busy with work and the rest of their lives. Also, the city was more quick in removing and painting over stickers. Meanwhile, the medium of wheatpasting was more popular than before, particularly during the period of May to July. Consequently, the list this year features many more wheatpastes and fewer stickers than before.
Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2016 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 2016 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.
2016 a été une année tranquille pour les autocollants. Plusieurs de nos artistes s’adonnant à ce medium ont été absents une bonne partie de l’année et d’autres étaient occupés à autre chose. De plus, la ville s’est donnée en 2016 une politique plus aggressive contre cette forme d’expression artistique. Entre-temps, beaucoup d’artistes locaux se sont mis aux collages et plusieurs colleurs étrangers sont passés par Montréal, particulièrement de mai à juillet. Conséquemment, cette année cette liste inclut beaucoup plus de collages et moins d’autocollants que d’habitude.
52Hz wheatpastes (fish). Also visible on the right is one by Swarm, scroll down for her entries in this retrospective under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’. Arnold for MTL En Arts. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by Arnold (under ‘203 Crew’). Biko were found on information panels and art boards during Mural Festival. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art for more by Biko. Chat Perdu wheatpaste on one of this year’s most heated debates. CSRK wheatpaste. CSRK wheatpaste. Variations exist. CSRK wheatpaste. D7606 paste-up, variations exist. D7606 paste-up montage, variations of each one exist. Deuxben de Rennes paid us a visit this year and left about a dozen wheatpastes around the city, including this much photographed one. Deuxben de Rennes. Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste. Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste. Dial M wheatpaste over a painted door, done during the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Dolly Deals paste-up; many variations have been found. Elsol25 put up a few posters during Mural Festival, including this one and the 2 below. The wheatpaste on the right is one of the year’s variations on Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll down to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly retrospective. Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival. Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival. Mural Festival installation was put together by Fafi. Flavor wheatpaste, sticker versions also exist. Scroll down for more by Flavor under ‘ROC514’. Futur Lasor Now (left) and Swarm (right). Scroll down for more by Swarm. Futur Lasor Now wheatpaste also found as a sticker. GBomb ‘tribute’ to the new American first lady. Gial wheatpaste. Gial wheatpaste. Gial wheatpaste. Kafka Is Famous wheatpaste. Kafka Is Famous and Virgilio Aponte collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll down this list for a collaboration with Enzo Sarto. Kat poster installation. Kat poster. Kat poster installation. Notice the red ‘blood’ stains. Kat poster. Labrona wheatpaste found in a Plateau alley. Labrona poster in Hochelaga. Labrona (top left) and Gawd (bottom right) wheatpastes. Both of these artists have also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art. Leyla Is On Fire wheatpaste, variations exist. Lily Luciole has unfortunately left Montreal for Paris this year, but we still got some great work of hers before her departure. This piece is a collaboration with Swarm. Lily Luciole poster. Lily Luciole poster. Lily Luciole poster. Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste. Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste. Mateo poster for MTL En Arts. Mateo wheatpaste in Mile End. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art for more by Mateo. Rey Midax paste-up. Rey Midax wheatpastes. At least seven different variations have been spotted, they all count as one entry. Only three are displayed here, check out this earlier post for the whole series. this year’s edition of Under Pressure, artist Shelley Miller created this mural piece from azulejo tiles made out of sugar. The tiles were prepared and painted beforehand, then pasted to the wall using a sugar mix. Miss Me‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, one of two huge wheatpastes put up this year (scroll down to Stikki Peaches for the other one). Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series. Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series. Miss Me for MTL En Arts. Mono Sourcil wheatpaste in Hochelaga. Mono Sourcil has also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art list. Mr Chose wood-up found in Mile End. National Zombi wheatpaste. National Zombi wheatpaste. National Zombi wheatpaste. Earth Crusher piece next to it and only noticed this little sculpture in their shot later on. Renard Fou wheatpaste. Renard Fou wheatpaste. Renard Fou wheatpaste. Renard Fou wheatpaste. Also visible over the piece are two of Swarm‘s portals. Scroll up/down for her entries in this retrospective under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’. ROC514 (right) and Flavor (left) wheatpaste combo found in Mile End. Enzo Sarto wheatpaste. Enzo Sarto / Kafka Is Famous collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll up for more by Kafka Is Famous. Enzo Sarto poster. Enzo Sarto paste-up found in a few locations. SBU One and MSHL collaborative wheatpaste installation. Many other variations have been spotted in various parts of the city. SBU One has also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art. Sloast wheatpaste (in white). The aqua green paste-up in the top corner is an older one by Zola, scroll down to the bottom of this post for the latter artist’s own entries in this yearly best of list. Sloast wheatpaste. Sloast wheatpaste. Starkey (left) and Waxhead (right) wood-ups found in Mile End. Scroll down for another wood-up and two stickers by Waxhead. Starkey wood-up. Starkey wood-up. Stay Beautiful posters (top). Many variations exist, but I chose to display these two because of the nice pairing with this Detto wheatpaste (bottom). Stay Beautiful poster, variations exist. Stikki Peaches wheatpaste installed overnight during Mural Festival. Stikki Peaches wheatpaste which popped up in the Mural Festival zone during the festival. Stikki Peaches design was much noticed when it went up in Little Italy this autumn. Stikki Peaches wheatpaste found around Little Italy. Swarm wheatpaste in a Mile End alley. Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End. Scroll up for one more by Swarm under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and ‘Lily Luciole’. Toxic Theriac paste-up. Toxic Theriac paste-up. Toxic Theriac sticker. This design was also spotted as a wheatpaste. Waxhead wood-up created with some help from Starkey. More from these two under ‘Starkey’ above. Waxhead sticker. Waxhead sticker. Waxhead has also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art. Benny Wilding paste-up montage found in a Mile End alley. Wilding has also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti. XRAY wood-up found near the Quartier des Spectacles. XRAY has also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art. Ygrek was in town during the month of July and produced at least 30 of these tape tags (as well as a few painted pieces) during his stay here. This one and the three below are the best of these original creations in which tape is woven into the mesh of fences to create the artist’s name, words, logos or abstract designs. Ygrek tape tagging. Ygrek tape tagging. Ygrek tape tagging. Zola wheatpaste about one of the year’s biggest social causes. Zola. The skull wheatpaste visible on the right is by Rey Midax who also made it into this yearly best of (scroll up to the latter artist’s name for info). Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll up to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly retrospective.