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Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2016. From a long list of over 1000, I created a ‘short’ list of 250 which I painstakingly trimmed down to the 100 seen below. 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 pieces, 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 well-loved writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two, three or four artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 100 pieces!).

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures pièces de graffiti produites en 2016 à Montréal. Une première sélection de plus de 1000 pièces a servi à produire une liste ‘courte’ de 250 que j’ai graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, réduite aux 100 pièces présentées ci-dessous. 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 assez 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 graffeurs préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux, trois ou quatre artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à inclure quelques pièces de plus!).

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 collages street art de 2016


This is 123Klan‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Scien and Klor at ground level, plus guests Zek (top right) and Mark Esprit (top left). Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some more work by Zek. The latter artist also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

The 203 crew’s wall in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold. Solo entries by Lyfer, Ekes and Naimo are found below under their respective names. Naimo also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 while Arnold made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

More from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, a combo of Acro (top) and Distort (bottom).

(Above two photos) In the spring, before putting together the Plaza Walls project, the AG Crew came up with this wall in a Plaza St-Hubert back alley. The first photo shows Senk’s half and the second one shows Snipes. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by the latter artists.

Apashe at a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Apashe in Dorval.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga was redone this autumn by Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right). Scroll down for more by Zek and Shadow. All four artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Awe‘s part in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. More by Awe under ‘Lyfer’ below.

Axe (left) and Fleo (right) in Côte St-Paul. The Serack piece above is a few years old. More by Axe under ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’ below. Scroll down as well for more by Fleo in solo as well as with K6A. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Two sides of Bacon for Plaza Walls: figurative at ground level and letters on the roof.

Beaf at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Block in Rosemont.

Bosny playing games with our perception, in Rosemont. More by Bosny under ‘Pask’ below.

Cemz aka Benny Wilding for Plaza Walls. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Crane in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. Bombing Science filmed the making of this piece, check it out on Youtube. More by Crane under ‘Crazy Apes’ and ‘Naimo’ below.

(4 photos above) The long Crazy Apes wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival is shown over the four photos above. Letters are by Havok (1st photo), Akuma One (2nd photo), Crane (3rd photo) and Mistx (4th photo). Characters are by Fezat (mostly to the left) and Korb (mostly to the right). Akuma One and Korb also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

EK Sept at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. More by this writer below under ‘POM’.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ekes doing the name of his buddy Aero in Rosemont. More by Ekes under ‘203 crew’ near the top of this post.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont. More by Eskro (under ‘Apok’ and ‘Astred Collective’) in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Five Eight and Dré aka Earth Crusher for Plaza Walls. Both artists are also featured in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Fleo in St-Henri. More by him above under ‘Axe’ and below under ‘K6A’.

F.One at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Glare was in town very early in the year and left us this piece.

Grab also visited us, this is one of the few pieces he did whilst in town.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Check out also the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a mural by this artist/writer.

HoarKor aka HRKR in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. The duo has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Jaker at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

(Above two photos) The Jaws (top) and Kzam (bottom) pieces above count as one entry. These were found in Hochelaga.

Jmoe and Timer at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Jmoe is also featured below on characters alongside pieces by Killa EF and Legal.

K6A‘s wall is always one of the highlights of the Under Pressure Festival and this year was no exception. Their 2016 creation features Axe (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right). More by Axe under his own name and under ‘Naimo’. More by Fleo under ‘Axe’ and under his own name. More by Fluke under ‘Zek’ at the bottom of this post. Axe and Dodo Osé are also in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

It’s always a treat when Kemr pays us a visit. Here’s a great piece done on a Plateau wall curated by 123Klan.

Killa EF on the side of a garage in Monkland Village. The Darth Vader character is by Jmoe (scroll up for letters by him, under his name). The front of this garage also made it into this Top 100, check it out below under ‘Legal’.

Koal on a St-Henri production curated by SPK. More by Koal in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016, under ‘Bosny’.

Combo of Koes/Kues (left) and Pane (right) found in a dark abandoned spot.

We were blessed with this majestic graff mural by Kwest especially for Plaza Walls.

(Above two photos) Kwun (top) and Peace (bottom) in Little Italy. Scroll down for more by Peace.

Lamo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character. Check out Killa EF above for the side of this Monkland Village garage.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character, at Plaza Walls.

Legal in Little Italy.

Liza in Rosemont.

Lyfer in Côte des Neiges.

Lyfer on side and Awe on back of this truck redone during the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival. More by Lyfer under ‘203 Crew’ near the top of this post. Awe has also made it in this recap with his own letters, scroll up to his name.

(Above three photos) Mad Rats Crew production in Rosemont featuring the crew’s Bopor (1st photo) and Gaulois (3rd photo), with guest Peyo in between. Scroll down for some solo work by the latter writer.

Some off-Mural work by Meor.

Mersh for Plaza Walls.

Ms Teri in Monkland Village. She has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

(Three photos above) This PSC legal graffiti wall production features Naimo (1st photo), Crane (2nd photo) and Royal (3rd photo), with characters by Axe. More by Crane under his own name and under ‘Crazy Apes’ above. More by Axe under his own name and under ‘K6A’. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Naimo in the Plateau.

Naimo in the Plateau. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a collaboration with Sermob.

Narc in Rosemont.

Narc at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Noper on the wall of this Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Pask and Bosny in Plateau End. Scroll up this post for some solo work by Bosny and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for some more work by him.

Pask on a St-Henri production curated by SPK.

Peace in a Rosemont alley. Scroll up for more Peace under ‘Kwun’.

Peyo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peyo in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by this writer under ‘Mad Rats Crew’.

(Above two photos) This Hochelaga spring mural by the POM crew is split over two photos. The first half shows a dino by Elfu and letters by Aces (ground) and Serum (top). The second half shows letters by EK Sept. Scroll up for some solo work by EK Sept and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by Elfu.

Raes on a Mile End garage door.

Raes in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Raes in Rosemont.

HTU’s Saner (letters) and Koni (characters) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in Hochelaga.

Scribe mural in Rosemont.

Scribe‘s contribution to panels for the Percussion Festival in Verdun.

Truck side by Shadow done during the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop block party. Scroll up to the near-top of this page under ‘A’Shop’ for more Shadow. The artist has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Shok at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Shok at the Project45 skatepark.

Sino at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Skam at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Skor under some bridge.

Skor in a Parc-Ex alley.

Skor in a Ahuntsic alley.

Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Skor also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 with a figurative piece.

Whilst in town OG Slick contributed this piece to a Plateau wall curated by 123Klan.

This great wall done during this year’s Lachine jam features Snok (top left), Ason (bottom left), Mask (top right) and Yema (bottom right). Scroll down for more Snok and Ason under ‘Vogue’.

Stare in Centre=Sud.

Stare in Mile-End.

Stare in Hochelaga.

Stare gold at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Thief in Hochelaga.

Trace also paid us a visit this year. He did this piece in a production curated by Monk.e in a Hochelaga alley.

Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Another one by Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall, this time with the help of Snikr on the fish.

Venise in Rosemont.

(Above three photos) This summer production in Rosemont featured Vogue (1st photo), Ason (2nd photo) and Snok (3rd photo). Scroll up for more by Ason and Snok under ‘Snok’.

Vogue in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Zek in Hochelaga. The figurative piece next to it is by Tchug and is found in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Zek (left) and Fluke (right) for Plaza Walls. Scroll up for more Fluke under ‘K6A’ and more Zek under ‘A’Shop’.

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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 designed by Fluke and done by Zek 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.

Long wall in Hochelaga for A’Shop, with Monk.e as an assistant. See below for 2 close-ups.

Close-up 1/2 of the long Hochelaga wall above.

Close-up 2/2 of the long Hochelaga wall 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.

Doing A’Shop‘s name on a park’s garbage bin.

Zek letters at the bottom of a Plateau mural by Hsix.

On a Plaza St-Hubert roof.

In a Plateau alley.

Zek letters in the middle of a mural also featuring Mark Esprit, Hsix, Dcae and Dekor for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In the Plateau.

Zek’s part in a 123Klan / A’Shop wall in the Plateau.

In a Rosemont alley.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above is Aces.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen (ground level).

Cat by Axe between letters by Zek (left) and Scaner (right) in Centre-Sud.

Near TMR.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In Pointe St-Charles.

A’Shop wall in Hochelaga featuring Shadow (top letters), Zek (bottom left), Fluke (bottom right) and Ankh One (figurative material).

Zek on letters and Tchug on creature in this segment of a Plateau wall also featuring Stare (not pictured here).

This segment of a KG wall in Hochelaga shows Zek on the left and Stare (doing KG) on the right.

Part of a wall in Centre-Sud also featuring Stare and Tchug (not pictured).

In Centre-Sud.

Serak (left) and Zek (right) in Griffintown.

On truck side.

Opposite side to the above also presumably by Zek.

In Montreal West.

In Montreal West.

On a multi-artist Plateau wall.

In Monkland Village.

Near TMR.

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

Detail of a multi-artist wall in NDG.

Zek (ground bottom left) and Earth Crusher (ground bottom right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Zek (left letters) and Hsix in Hochelaga.

Zek (left letters) and Hsix in NDG.

Detail of an old wall in NDG.

Detail of an old wall in the Plateau.

In Monkland Village.

Zek, Stack and Dfek in the Plateau.

<a href="http://Stack” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Stack (top) and Zek (right) in the Plateau.

Detail of an old NDG wall.

On trackside rooftop in Rosemont/Hochelaga.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Detail of a AG Crew / 123 Klan graffiti wall in NDG / Cote des Neiges.

Detail of a very old multi-artist wall in Lachine.

An old wall in the Plateau, in collaboration with Dfek.

Detail of an old multi-artist mural in the Plateau.

Detail of a long mural in Centre-Sud.

Detail of a multi-artist mural in Hochelaga.

Zek (letters) and Striker (figurative) on a Hochelaga garage door.

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Wall of flops from the Time Is Gold production featuring Zek amongst many others (in black and yellow, third from from the top, first from the left).

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These temporary fences put up in the Quartier des spectacles during the 2015-2016 winter were designed by Zek. The work appears to have been drawn by computer then transfered onto the thick vinyl from which the fences were made.

Ces clôtures temporaires, apparues dans le Quartier des spectacles au cours de l’hiver 2015-2016, ont été dessinées par Zek. Elles ont probablement été conçues par ordinateur avant d’être imprimées sur vinyle.

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Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015

This image gallery brings together my 100 favourite murals and other painted pieces of 2015. It was already difficult selecting 100 works, it is 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 my very favourite artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 pasted street art of 2015
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015

Cette galerie-photo présente mes 100 murales et autres pièces peintes préférées de 2015. C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je ne suis pas en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par mes artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 pièces collées de 2015
Top 100 graffitis de 2015


Family portrait in Plateau back alley featuring Shalak, Botkin, Kevin Ledo, Chris Dyer, Bruno Smoky, Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Linsey Levendall, Marina Capdevila, Labrona, Waxhead and Dave Todaro. Most of these artists have their own solo pieces in this year end list, scroll down to check them out. Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Labrona and Waxhead have also placed work into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

Collective work featuring Waxhead (left and bottom right corner), Turtle Caps (above ladder), Futur Lasor Now (above door), Deadliest Rosa (middle bottom), Loks (right) and El Moot Moot (right wall).This can be seen in this alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Waxhead and El Moot Moot have solo painted pieces below in this list. Waxhead, Turtle Caps, Futur Lasor Now and Loks have also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015.

2Alas‘ contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

2Alas also gave us this piece whilst in town around Mural Festival.

A new year also brings a new wall by Phillips Adams at the Habitations Jeanne-Mance. This may actually be his best one so far.

By the AG Crew in Petite-Patrie. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 for a piece by the AG Crew’s Snipe.

Alber left a few masterpieces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen during his stay in Montreal last summer.

Another one by Alber (bottom right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

One of the great new names on the streets this year was Apok from the Astred Collective. This piece, the first I ever encountered by Apok, was found at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Another one by Apok. The fascinating thing about this artist, besides being obviously incredibly talented, is that he does figurative work but still operates in the usual graffiti spots. As far as I know most if not all of his street work so far has been done alongside that of graffiti artist Eskro (see Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015).

Another masterpiece by Apok, this one in the abandoned Transco.

Apok at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Above two walls: Astro‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Plateau park container by Astro.

Above are the four sides of another Plateau park container by Astro.

Astro doing it for the kids even where kids don’t hang out, in this case the abandoned Transco. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 for more by Astro.

Axe in the Old Port on a K6A commissioned wall. See K6A below for more by Axe.

Bicicleta Sem Freio‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Birdo for that ill-fated August edition of the Chromatic block parties. Unfortunately this piece was vandalised within hours of completion, so this image is © Birdo.

Besides this painted piece in the abandoned Transco, Borrrris has also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 with some wheatpastes.

Botkin‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

Bird mural by Cens in this delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps. Cens has also placed a piece in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015. Also visible in this photo is a door by Labrona which incidentally also made it into this year-end list. Scroll down to Labrona below to see it in full size.

Four above: Crazy Apes wall produced during the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. From left to right this wall features
photo 1: Narc and Lith
photo 2: Korb and Narc
photo 3: Kred, Akuma One and Narc
photo 4: Crane, Korb and Fezat.
Narc, Korb and Crane have also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with some other work.

Tribute by Dare to the deceased Bore.

Melissa Del Pinto‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Mural by FelixDTK and MiguelDTK with pieces by Pask and Koal at the bottom, in Little Italy. Pask has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with something else.

Chris Dyer repaired and modified his piece (left) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark (click on latter link to see the earlier piece). His brother Peru143 filled the space to his right.

Chris Dyer (left), his brother Peru143 (top right) and MSHL (bottom right). Chris’ part was started during the June Chromatic block party, and the whole thing was finished with Peru and MSHL a short while after.

Earth Crusher‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival, representing A’Shop.

Earth Crusher for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Elfu at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. The piece to his right is by EK7 who has made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 with a different piece.

El Moot Moot and Waxhead on a garage door in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Scroll down this list for more by Waxhead.

Next to the above in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark is this other garage door featuring El Moot Moot alone.

Two adjacent walls by Epos, Fler and Crak in a Plateau alley

One of the best murals of the year is this huge one done over the summer by Five Eight in the Plateau.

Whilst in town early last summer, Grominator left this piece in Rosemont.

Another early summer production by Grominator, this time in the South West. Also visible at the bottom is a piece by Pask.

This building on Savoie was painted by Les Hommes De Lettres to look like a stack of books. The wall beneath the building was done by the same artists last year.

This huge mural by Hoarkor was produced late summer in a Petite-Patrie alley. Click on image to expand and better appreciate details and size.

Jaz‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

The main mural of the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival was this tribute to festival founder Sterling Downey. By K6A, featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Philemon, etc. Check out Fleo’s entries in the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015 list.

This K6A wall in HoMa gets redone every summer by Axe and Monk.e. This is the 2015 creation. Scroll up and down for more by Axe and Monk.e in this year end list.

Knorke Leaf in a delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps.

This garage door on St-Laurent was done off -Mural Festival by Labrona and Gawd in June. Check out the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 for more by both artists.

Labrona in a delivery/parking space completely redone last september by a bunch of great artists (from Montreal and elsewhere), an initiative of Turtle Caps.

Kevin Ledo‘s contribution to the same space as the Labrona piece found above it in this list.

Kevin Ledo for the VHS – Van Horne Station block party.

Lovebot piece in Rosemont, from May. See the Top 100 pasted street art of 2015 for more by this artist.

LSNR‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Maddog and Namer on a HoMa alley garage door.

This Mile End garage door was done in early fall by Maliciouz.

Maliciouz also makes it into this year-end list with this piece left at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Mateo‘s main creation this year is this huge mural titled ‘Más’ (‘More’) in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie. See a video of the making of this mural on Vimeo.

Across the street from the huge mural by Mateo above in this list is this other by the same artist. Smaller in size (but still not small), it is titled ‘Menos’ (‘Less’) and acts as a counterpart to the big one.

Mateo also makes this year-end list with this mural in Petite-Patrie. Click on image to better appreciate the mural’s fine details.

MC Baldassari‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

MC Baldassari‘s contribution to the June edition of Chromatic.

MC Baldassari in Petite Patrie for the borough’s Tandem project.

MC Baldassari was really busy in the streets of Montreal this year and she also makes this year-end list with this smaller mural in Ville Emard.

Monk.e top creation this year is this great wall off a Hochelaga back alley.