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Covid-19 in Montreal urban art

This article features photos of Montreal street art and graffiti inspired by the Covid-19 virus and everything that is related to it:
– the social measures to prevent its spread such as the confinement, hand washing, distancing, masks, etc.
– appreciation for the health workers and concern about their status
– the population’s reaction to the crisis, such as the rainbows and “ça va bien aller” slogan, as well as the fear of the vaccines being developed.

Cet article présente des photos de street art et de graffiti créé à Montréal et inspiré par le virus Covid-19 et tout ce qui peut y être rattaché:
– les mesures sociales de prévention telles que le confinement, le lavage des mains, la distanciation, le masque, etc.
– l’appréciation pour le personnel dans le milieu de la santé et les revendications sociales relatives au statut d’une part de ce personnel
– les réactions de la population vis-à-vis la crise, telles que les arcs-en-ciel, “ça va bien aller”, ainsi que les réactions quant au développement éventuel de vaccins.


murals

This is the only mural done in Montreal related to Covid-19 and its social impact. It is a beautiful tribute to the health workers who were on the frontline of the fight against the virus. It was done by Patrick Forchild on a wall of the Jewish General Hospital for the 2020 edition of Mural Festival. The JGH was the Montreal hospital that was most equipped to deal with the sanitary crisis, with a whole department ready to receive patients from the very beginning.

This mural is not actually street art in the strictest sense, as it was commissioned by the government of Quebec for a music video encouraging young people to wear a mask. The artist who created the piece asked to remain uncredited. See the video here.


other painted work

This is Emily Read on a garage door in Villeray. With its rainbow and a pangolin, there is no doubt this was inspired by the events following the spread of the pandemic. The virus is suspected to have spread to humans from pangolins sold in a wet market in Wuhan, China.

A graffiti piece by Rizek done in an abandoned building very soon after the arrival of the virus in Montreal.

A tribute to the health workers by Hoar done on a legal-ish wall in Rosemont.

A self-portrait by Omar Bernal painted at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel near the beginning of the sanitary crisis. The correction in red paint is by the artist himself and part of his message.

This piece by Lost Claws in a Plateau alley is very likely a comment on the crisis.

This stencil by Carnior was found on a Petite-Patrie high school when kids were returning to school in September. It was a hot topic in the media at the time, with half the population seeing it as a good thing and the other half thinking it was a dreadful idea.

Kesta/Masok and Labz fighting the virus at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Hob on an overpass pillar.

Deep and Stephlxo on an abandoned building in the South West.

Namepiece and Covid skull by Axe Lalime in Rosemont.

Omar Bernal and Lino collaboration at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Riok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel around the time when the government started making the mask mandatory in indoor public places.

An unidentified artist at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. “Ca va bien aller”, the ‘slogan’ of the crisis, means “Everything will be fine”.

In Montreal like in many other cities, families with kids used their free time in confinement creating these “Ca va bien aller” rainbows and displaying them in their windows. This particular rainbow was painted by an anonymous person at the Papineau legal graffiti wall at the very beginning of this trend.

One more optimistic rainbow painted by an anonymous person, this one at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

As the sanitary crisis started dragging on for longer than what we initially expected and people’s patience was being put to the test, jokes on the crisis’ ‘logo’ and slogan started appearing here and there.

This piece by Abir appears to be a comment on the whole year’s events, beyond the pandemic per se.

The fears surrounding the production of a vaccine to the virus, and particulary about Bill Gates’ involvement in its production and distribution, were also a source of inspiration to some artists. This is Maniak in Rosemont.

One more by Maniak on the same subject as above, but this time at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.


pasted work

Posters by Huile d’Olive such as this one appeared here and there from the very beginning of the crisis. English language ones were also pasted, see below.

An english version of the above poster by Huile d’Olive.

For this Petite-Patrie piece CSRK was inspired by the unexpected toilet paper shortage that marked the beginning of the confinement. There was actually a bit more to it, see the artist’s account to view the complete original which had the text “Wash your hands” on the unrolled toilet paper.

One more wheatpaste by CSRK found in Petite-Patrie, this one from later into the crisis.

This piece by Lost Claws found on the wall of a Mile End church at the beginning of the Great Confinement is presumably about the virus. The caption reads “Up to your old tricks?”. See close-up below.

Close-up on the above piece by Lost Claws.

As the number of deaths was rising every day and the governments started asking the population to stand at least 6 feet apart to help contain the spread of the virus, this dark humour piece by Lost Claws appeared on a Plateau wall, as “six feet away” also recalls “six feet under”.

While the rising number of deaths was the main topic in the news, this piece by Lost Claws with the caption “You get used to it”, appeared on a Petite-Patrie wall.

Poster by the Artists 4 Long Term Care, a social action initiative that uses art and storytelling to raise awareness about the crisis facing residents and staff living and working in long-term care facilities during the pandemic.

Poster by Faustova, an Artist 4 Long Term Care.

Poster by Super Puper Art, an Artist 4 Long Term Care.

Tribute to health workers by Cara Carmina.

Mini-posters by Shifty Cat. This artist made many more on the subject, but these were the first ones encountered. More below.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

Covid-19 sticker by Waxhead, one of many colour variations.

Red/orange variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.

Blue variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.

Green variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.


other

This bollard was already made into a minion by François Poulin a long time before the arrival of the virus, but masks we added to it, presumably by the artist himself at the beginning of April.

The opposite side to the above mask-wearing minion bollard by François Poulin.

This ia a miniature installation replicating a Plateau housefront with bicycle, cat, etc. To give an idea of scale, the whole thing shown here is the size of a small basement window (it actually looks like a boarded window). This existed long before the arrival of the virus, but a rainbow and the ‘Ca va bien aller’ slogan were added in the ‘windows’ at some point so it would look like so many housefronts in the neighbourhood.

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.

Retrospective of 2019 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2019. 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/crew 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 artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2019 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2019 à Montréal. 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 d’artiste/crew. Pour que la 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 sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2019 street art collé
Retrospective 2019 graffiti


This 203 crew wall for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival was done by Lyfer, Ekes, Opire, Arnold, Borrris and Trak, and features tags by Phare, Hitem, Yesir, Masek and guests Axe Lalime, Soma and Peau. Scroll down this retrospective for some solo work by Borrris and Axe. Lyfer and Ekes have also made it into the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti.

Adida Fallen Angel‘s contribution to the Batiment 7 production.

Aldarwin at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Scroll down to Deps for more work by the very prolific Aldarwin. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art.

Art Du Commun in Lachine.

Astro on a Hochelaga garage door. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Astro.

Atomist in Mile End.

Awe from a production in St-Henri which he curated. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Awe.

Axe Lalime‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. Scroll down to Nick Sweetman for more work by Axe in this retrospective. Axe has also made it into the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti.

MC Baldassari‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

This Omar Bernal take on a viral meme was a huge hit when posted on Instagram. Found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Bryan Beyung in St-Michel.

Bezoman in Côte des Neiges.

Bibi Una (left) and Jest (right) from a big multi-artist production in Hochelaga. Scroll down for more work by Jest in this retrospective, in solo or with LP Montoya.

Bibi Una‘s contribution to the Batiment 7 production. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art for more by Bibi Una.

Bjorn‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Borrris in an abandoned building in the South West.

Borrris in the Plateau. Scroll up to the top of this list for the 203 Crew wall which also involves Borrris.

Box Vincent at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Box Vincent‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Cryote (left) and Waxhead (right) in a Villeray alley. Scroll down to Waxhead near the end of this list for more work involving both artists.

Raphael Dairon‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Dalkhafine‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Deps on ground character and Aldarwin above, from a big multi-artist production in Hochelaga. Aldarwin has also solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to view. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti (under ‘Fokus’) for more by Deps.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

DMT in Ahuntsic

DMT in an abandoned building in the South West.

Dodo Osé and Ankh One in Verdun.

A huge Dodo Osé mural in Ahuntsic. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Dodo.

Chris Dyer in the Plateau.

Earth Crusher in the Plateau. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti (under ‘Five Eight’) for more by Earth Crusher.

Elfu painted this awesome bear for the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. Also visible in this shot is Aces‘s namepiece.

Eskro and Resok representing YU8 at the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by both artists.

Flying Eric‘s part on the 203 Crew wall at the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Cécile Gariépy in Côte des Neiges.

The one-off ‘Gentil Crew’s wall for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring SBU One, LSNR, MSHL, Bosny, Loopkin, Le Monstr and Maylee Keo. Click on the latter Under Pressure link to view many close-ups on sections of this huge wall. SBU One, LSNR, MSHL and Le Monstr all have more work featured in this retrospective, scroll down to view. Bosny has also made it into the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti.

Germ Dee‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural Festival featuring name pieces by Deep (bottom left) and Serak (bottom right).

Columbian artist Gleo‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural Festival. You will find close-ups of this huge wall at the latter link.

Grils in an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Grils.

Haks, Kuby and Yekso‘s joint contribution to the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Haks.

Hest‘s back of truck done during the 2019 edition of Mural Festival. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Hest.

Hozek on a Montreal North rooftop.

Hozek in Laval. Scroll down to Seork below for more by Hozek.

IAmBatman on a container, done off the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Above 3: Insane51‘s insane mural for the 2019 edition of Mural Festival. The top photo is the proper one, and the other two are the result of seeing it through the red and blue filters of 3D glasses.

Jest on character and Fokus on letters, from the Batiment 7 production. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Fokus.

Jest in Rosemont. Scroll up to Bibi Una or down to LP Montoya for more by Jest in this retrospective.

Jo Ber in NDG.

Jo Ber in a South West prod.

Jo Ber in Hochelaga. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti (under ‘Klor’) for more by Jo Ber.

Leon Keer’s anamorphic contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

Korb inside the K6A Paradise abandoned building. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Korb.

Nikki Küntzle‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Labrona‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art for more by Labrona.

Kevin Ledo mural in Hochelaga.

This painted Lost Claws piece survived the winter and made it through spring and most of summer!

A rooftop piece by Lost Claws. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art for more by Lost Claws.

Louis Letters and Tshokodile, aka the Sales Mômes, in Hochelaga. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Louis Letters.

A striking collaboration of LP Montoya on background and Jest on central character. Scroll up for more work by Jest, in solo or with Bibi Una.

LSNR and Le Monstr‘s collaboration for the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. Scroll up for more work by both these artists as members of the one-off ‘Gentil Crew’.

Macak was very busy this year painting characters at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. I picked this piece for the retrospective out of many dozens photographed in 2019.

Maj in St-Michel.

Above 3: Maliciouz was one of the many artists hired in 2019 to paint one of the city’s public pianos.

Marine Martinelli for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Marine Martinelli for the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

Mateo‘s super long wall downtown. Click on the latter link to Mateo’s photo spotlight where you’ll find many close-ups of this wall.

Mateo in Hochelaga. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art for more by Mateo.

Christina Mazzulla‘s contribution to the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Miss Van‘s beautiful mural was one of the 2019 edition of Mural Festival‘s big hits.

Monk.e in Hochelaga. Check out Monk.e’s spotlight at the latter link for various close-ups on sections of this wall.

Monk.e in Hochelaga. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Monk.e.

Mono Sourcil in the McGill Ghetto.

MSHL in Pointe St-Charles. Scroll up for more work by this artist as a member of the one-off ‘Gentil Crew’.

Ola Volo‘s huge mural in Mile End.

Ola Volo’s contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

Omen in an abandoned building in the South West.

Paynt on a Montreal North rooftop. Scroll down to Seork for more work by Paynt

Pichiavo’s contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

Alex Produkt in a Mile End alley.

Véronique Rachel and Vondove in the Plateau

Many road pieces appeared on the streets of Montreal over the summer and autumn, mostly around Mile End. These are presumed by many to have been done by Roadsworth but this needs to be confirmed.

One more road piece presumably by Roadsworth (confirmation needed).

One more road piece presumably by Roadsworth (confirmation needed).

ROC514 and Flavor collaboration for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art for more by both artists.

Octavio Ruest for the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. Ruest is otherwise known as Scribe, scroll down for some of his work under that moniker.

SBU One (top) and Kain (garage) connected pieces for the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

SBU One redid this Plateau garage door in 2019. Scroll up for more work by this artist as a member of the one-off ‘Gentil Crew’. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti.

Scribe and Tchug‘s joint creation for the 2019 edition of the Under Pressure Festival (close-ups of this wall are found at the latter link). Scribe has also been working under the name Octavio Ruest, scroll up to view his entry under that name in this retrospective. Both Scribe and Tchug have also made it into the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti.

Seork, Hozek and Paynt‘s central characters on a LTG crew wall in Hochelaga. Hozek and Paynt both have solo pieces in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Seork and Paynt‘s segment of the LTG crew wall at the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Snikr and Hank‘s great collaboration for the 2019 edition of Canettes de Ruelle, one of the biggest hits of the year on the @wall2wallMTL Instagram page.

Sole under an overpass.

Nick Sweetman (fish) and Axe Lalime (woman), in K6A’s Paradise bando. Axe also has some solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Nick Sweetman‘s contribution to an Ashop wall in Hochelaga.

Tava mural downtown.

Waxhead (left), Cryote (middle) and Suburban Warrior (right) on a Plateau End wall.

Waxhead (left) and Cryote (right) in the Plateau. They have another collaboration featured in this retrospective, scroll up to Cryote to view.

Waxhead on the wall of a Rosemont high school. Check out the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art for more by Waxhead.

Sophie Wilkins in Rosemont.

Zek‘s tall tribute to the people who lived in and helped build Ville Emard. Check out both the Retrospective of 2019 pasted street art and the Retrospective of 2019 graffiti for more by Zek.

An unidentified artist in Petite-Patrie.

Lost Claws

Lost Claws is a street artist mainly into wheatpasting, but he also has some painted work to his credit. He has been active in the streets and alleys of Montreal since approximately June 2017. The artist wittily expresses his dark, pessimistic or sarcastic views on the world, life and relationships through various characters, some recurring (teeth, skeletons, Death) and some one-offs (often animals).

The artist is extremely prolific and I have been able to find only a fraction of his work before it got destroyed. You should therefore check out his Instagram page for a lot more work than what I am presenting in the gallery below.

Lost Claws est un artiste de rue dont le medium préféré est le collage, mais qui peint aussi à l’occasion. Il est actif dans les rues et ruelles de Montréal depuis approximativement juin 2017. A l’aide d’une panoplie de personnages, certain récurrents (dents, squelettes, la Mort) ou non (souvent des animaux), il exprime sa vision sombre, pessimiste ou sarcastique, du monde, de la vie et des relation humaines.

Cet artiste est extremement prolifique et je n’ai eu la chance de photographier qu’une fraction de son oeuvre avant qu’elle ne soit détruite. Vous êtes donc invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram si vous voulez en voir beaucoup plus que ce que je suis en mesure de présenter dans la galerie ci-dessous.


wheatpastes

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.

“I’ll give you anything you want”, on an abandoned Plateau church. See below for close-up.

“I’ll give you anything you want”, close-up on the above piece on a Plateau church.

“I don’t wanna talk about it”, in Mile End.

“My days are numbered”, in the Plateau.

“Stop signs suck”, on the front of a number of Bixi self-service bicycles.

“Cynicism isn’t wisdom”, in Mile End.

“Santé!”, in the Plateau.

“Spend some time in hell”, in Rosemont-Petite-Patrie.

“I feel uncomfortable”, in Villeray.

“Six feet away”, in the Plateau during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Life is pain”, in Petite-Patrie.

“You get used to it”, in Petite-Patrie during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We can’t all be blessed”, in the Plateau.

“Up to your old tricks?”, in Mile End. See in context below.

“Up to your old tricks?”, in Mile End at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“You ain’t shit”, in Mile End.

“It’s hard to stay positive”, in Mile End.

“Anywhere can be home”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Tomorrow’s happiness today!”, in Mile End.

“I miss the old Kanye”, in the Plateau.

“Everything will be fine. Or not. WTF do I know?”, in the Plateau.

“Pretending to be something I’m not”, in Plateau End for Halloween.

“Don’t fuck with me I don’t fuck with you”, in Plateau End.

“Dust to dust”, in Chinatown.

“Get your shit together”, in the Plateau.

“Go to hell”, at Marché Jean-Talon.

“My stupid opinion”, in Petite-Patrie.

“That’s life”, in St-Henri.

“Ewe suck”, in Plateau End.

“I don’t wanna pray”, in Mile End.

“We’ll never be those kids again”, in the Plateau.

“Memories are like onions… I don’t like onions”, in the Plateau.

“You can be so cold”, an off-Mural piece.

“Happiness is temporary”, in the Plateau.

“I believe it’s faith I lack”, in the Plateau. See below for a close-up

Close-up of the above Plateau piece.

“I won’t remember you”, in the Plateau.

In the Plateau.

“Are we having fun yet?”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Everything is cool”, in the Plateau.

“Trapped in my head”, in Mile End.

“Love is not enough”, in Mile End for Valentine’s Day.

“How you act is who you become”, in the Plateau.

“Nothing comes back”, in the Village.

“There’s no surprises in hell”, in Mile End.

“Empty together”, in the Plateau.

“I am my father’s son”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“What am I doing with my life?”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“I feel so small”, a big wheatpaste on the George General d’Auto Reparation.

“Pas d’sucre, pas d’crème”, as Death likes its coffee black, what did you expect? Found in the Plateau.

“D.T.F”, apparently standing for “donairs taste fantastic”… This was found in the Plateau.

This one was captioned “If it’s not on Instagram, did it even happen?”, but the caption was lost before I got a chance to photograph this piece found in Mile End.

“LOL”, in the Plateau.

In the Plateau.

“Everybody else is an asshole”, in the Plateau.

“Give me darkness”, in Mile End.

“It gets easier”, in the Plateau.

“Just give me what I want”, in the Plateau.

“No one mourns the last to die”, in Mile End.

“My life is a mess”, in Little Italy.

“We really are alone aren’t we?”, in the Plateau.

“You’ll never see yourself like I see you”, in Mile End.

“The vague positive quote you needed”, in Mile End.

“Hot as heck”, in Mile End.

“Just fuckin’ super”, in Little Italy.

“Worth ≠ worth”, off Mural Festival.

“What’s it like being cool?”, on St-Laurent.

“It’s so cheesy”, in a conversation with Sara Erenthal.

“Only hard things break”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“Life sucks”, in the Quartier des Spectacles.

“The magic’s gone”, in the Plateau.

“You’re not special”, off St-Laurent.

“Time passes always has always will”, in Little Italy.

“Nothing ever changes” / “Everything is changing”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Share the burden”, in Mile End.

“Living quickly, dying slowly”, in Mile End.

“I’m familiar with the cold”, in Plateau End.

“We only hurt the ones we love”, in the Plateau.

“Same in the end”, in the Plateau.

“The loss of friends you never had”, in Mile End.

“We were never meant to stay”, in Mile End.

“New and interesting rock bottoms”, in St-Henri.

“Everybody leaves too soon”, pasted in the Plateau beneath one of Scaner‘s iconic characters, presumably as a tribute after the latter writer passed away.

“It’s only worth what you’re willing to lose”, in Petite-Patrie.

“We change”, in the Plateau.

“Life of the party”, in Mile End.

“Let the rain fall”, in the Plateau.

“We always know what’s right”, in Mile End.

“There’s plenty…”, in Mile End.

“No one is listening”, in the McGill Ghetto.

“Don’t wait too long to come home”, in Mile End.

“Nobody cares what you did, right?”, in Mile End.

“There is nothing we can keep”, in Plateau End.

“Remember to forget”, in Mile End.

“How you act is who you become”, in Mile End.

In the Plateau.

“I only loved you with my head anyways”, in the Plateau. The sticker above is by Ella & Pitr.

“Free to a good home”, in Mile End.


painted, drawn, etc.

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.

Off-Mural 2020 (literally) street piece.

In the Plateau.

In Petite-Patrie.

On a Outremont rooftop.

In Mile End.

In the Plateau.

In a Plateau alley door.

In Mile End.

On a Mile End rooftop.

In Parc-Ex.

In the Plateau.

“You think this is cold?”, on a Plateau ice rink’s temporary wall.

On a Mile End rooftop.

“Drink up!”, in Mile Ex.

“I’ll ge damned!”, on a Mile-Ex rooftop.

“Summer is almost over”. This collapsable sign was put up in the village in early August, not quite near the end of summer…

On a Mile End rooftop.

On a Mile End rooftop.

On a Mile End rooftop.

On a Mile End rooftop.

“Break a leg!”, in a Mile End skatepark.

“Put a skull on it!”, in Mile End.

In a Plateau alley.

In Outremont.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

“I’m fine”, in Petite-Patrie.

“Dirt don’t hurt”, in Mile End.

“There’s no surprises in hell”, in Little Italy.

“I feel nothing”, in the Plateau.

“You’re not special”, retaliating against Worm after he did this huge chrome throw for his crew MG over Lost Claws’ huge “I feel so small” mouse wheatpaste (scroll up this gallery to view).

“You’re only young forever once”, in Mile End.

In a central graffiti alley.

“Alone is all we were”, in Mile End.


stickers

Collaboration with ROC514.

Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2018 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 2018 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2018 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2018 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 2018 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 2018 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2018 graffiti


Adida Fallen Angel wheatpastes for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Adida also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Wheatpaste/stencil combo by Cam.

Chat Perdu poster. I’ve encountered many variations of this, each one with a different caption.

I believe this paste-up is by Chat Perdu.

We were blessed with a visit by internationally renowned artist Clet this year.

Clet‘s take on a classic local traffic sign alteration.

Clet came up with a new design specifically for us Canadians.

Classic Clet in Montreal.

CSRK wheatpaste in a Plateau alley.

CSRK wheatpaste found in central Montreal.

CSRK wheatpaste found in Little Italy. Scroll down this list to ‘ROC514’ for a collaboration.

You can count on New York’s Elsol25 to pay us a visit during Mural Festival. Here’s some of the work he brought for us this year.