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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.


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 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.

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.

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.


tags and throws

Tags by Scaner (above) and Axe.


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Stare

Stare will undoubtedly make history as one of the greatest Montreal artists of our era. After becoming one of the best graffiti writers, he has taken his place as one of our city’s best muralists. He has managed to earn the respect of his peers in both fields. His graffiti pieces – which by the way are usually done on legal walls and places where this artform is tolerated – are rarely hit by taggers, which is the ultimate sign of respect in this field.

The image gallery below is split into two main sections: murals and graffiti. However, in some instances, the line between the two can be blurry. Stare’s murals often include his name as a figurative element, albeit sometimes deconstructed to near-abstraction (see his Chinatown mural below for an example of this). And on the other hand his graffiti pieces can be as big and elaborate as your typical mural.

For more information on Stare, and to see more of his work than what is shown here, check out his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Il n’y a aucun doute que Stare va passer à l’histoire comme un des plus grands artistes Montréalais de notre époque. Non seulement s’est-il affirmé comme un des plus grands du milieu du graffiti où il a fait ses débuts, mais depuis un certain temps maintenant il est devenu un des meilleurs muralistes de Montréal. De plus, il a acquis dans ces deux domaines le respect de ses pairs. Ses oeuvres graffiti qui, soit dit en passant, sont généralement créées sur des murs légaux et à d’autres endroits où cet art est toléré, sont rarement touchées par les taggeurs, preuve ultime de respect dans ce domaine.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous est séparée en deux grandes sections: les murales et les graffitis. Cependant, dans certains cas la ligne entre les deux peut être floue. Les murales de Stare peuvent contenir son nom comme élément figuratif, parfois décomposé à la limite de l’abstraction (voir la murale de Chinatown ci-dessous comme exemple). Et inversement, ses pièces de graffitis sont parfois aussi grandes et aussi élaborées qu’une murale peut l’être.

Pour de plus amples informations sur Stare, et pour en voir plus que ce qui est présenté ici, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram.

Stare sticker
Stare sticker

murals

Autumn 2016 mural in Mile End.

Impressive 2015 mural in the Plateau.

2015 mural by Stare and Ware.

In the Quartier des Spectacles.

Graffiti mural in Chinatown.

Mural in the village.

Stare and Tchug for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival.

Collaboration with Zek (letters bottom left) and Tchug (creature). Stare’s involvement is mostly the deconstructed letters in the right half.

Mural piece on one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

Mural by Scaner, Axe and Stare in Hochelaga. Stare’s contribution is the blue ‘K’ bottom left and the yellow ‘G’ on the right (making the name of the KG crew).

Scaner and Stare wall in Old Montreal.

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

Old NME wall in Centre-Sud featuring Stare amongs others.

This Petite-Patrie wall is credited to Stare, Hest and Sino.

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 1/4).

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 2/4).

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 3/4).

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 4/4).

Art Du Commum murals

Stare is part of Art Du Commun (a French pun on Hors Du Commun – “out of the ordinary”), an artist collective dedicated to the creation of murals – often large scale ones – that are community-based or socially-minded. The biography found on artducommun.com states that their “…pieces are designed to integrate into their environments while respecting, incorporating, and enriching the existing architecture. Artducommun’s creative process takes into consideration the history and experience of a work’s location. The positioning of each mural thus creates a space for social interaction, while offering passersby a original and timeless visual experience.”

Stare fait partie du collectif Art Du Commun dont le mandat est la création de murales (souvent de très grande taille) à vocation communautaire ou sociale. La biographie trouvée sur leur site web artducommun.com indique que leurs “…oeuvres sont pensées et conçues pour s’intégrer à leur environnement en respectant, incorporant et enrichissant l’architecture existante. [Leur] démarche de création consiste à [se] laisser imprégner par l’histoire, le vécu et la vocation du lieu de la réalisation. L’emplacement de l’oeuvre devient alors un lieu d’interaction sociale, tout en offrant aux passants un visuel intemporel et hors du commun.”

This iconic wall in Old Montreal is one of our city’s biggest murals. It was created in 2007 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Expo.

Mural in the Quartier des Spectacles.

Huge mural on the wall of a school in the Plateau.

Mural in the village.

In Rosemont; there’s more on the left but it’s now hidden by a building that was just built in front of it.

At the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Graffiti mural in the Plateau.

In Little Burgandy.

In Little Burgandy.

In Little Burgandy.

graffiti murals and pieces

All pieces shown below were commissioned or were done on legal graffiti walls or on walls where this artform is tolerated.

Toutes les pièces présentées ci-dessous ont été commandées ou exécutées sur des murs légaux ou autres endroits où cette forme d’art est tolérée.

Stare on letters and Axe along the ground, in a dark recessed parking space in the Plateau.

In the Quartier Latin.

In Côte des Neiges.

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

In the Plateau.

In Hochelaga.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Centre-sud.

Stare’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

This huge graffiti mural next to the alley between St-Denis and Drolet is about to disappear.

In the Plateau.

This official piece is found near the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Rosemont.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In Hochelaga.

In Angus.

In Ste-Marie.

In TMR.

In Mile End.

Same wall as above, but redone in 2016.

In the Plateau.

In the Plateau.

With Sino in Plateau End.

In Hochelaga; this is a detail of a larger wall also featuring Axe, Scaner, Zek and Sewk.

In Ste-Marie.

On a Petite-Patrie rooftop.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In the village.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Same spot as above, but one year earlier.

At Fattal.

By West Island highway.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In St-Henri.

Somewhere between Hochelaga and Mercier.

In the Quartier des Spectacles, this is a detail of a larger wall.

In the Plateau.

Throw on the front is by Zek.

Floppy throws by Scaner and Stare.

Throw found in Pointe St-Charles.

Ageing oldie in Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

An old classic on a Plateau rooftop.

A tag.

A tag.