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Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2020. 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 2020 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2020 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 2020 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 2020 street art collé
Retrospective 2020 graffiti


Above 3 photos: As in many other cities around the world, a huge Black Lives Matter street piece was done in Montreal. In French, “La vie des noir.e.s compte” was produced by Gala Dynastie and Never Was Average and painted by multiple artists, one artist per letter (including street artists Maliciouz on the ‘N’ and Mins on the third ‘E’).

A Black Lives Matter mural by a collective of anonymous artists on the boarded up Apple Store downtown.

Abir has been blending her art into earlier pieces by various artists at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel including that of Adida Fallen Angel as pictured here. Scroll down to the end of this post for more by Abir as she participated in the Taqueria production featured there.

Deep dish piece by Adida Fallen Angel at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Above 3 photos: A long Hochelaga production featuring Aldarwin on the long colourful fence and background, Omar Bernal on the whale and Origami Explorateur on the bird. Scroll down for more by Aldarwin and Omar under ‘Grils’ and in the Taqueria post at the end of this post. Origami Explorateur was also involved in the Taqueria production at the end of this post. Omar and Origami Explorateur both have solo works, scroll down to their names to view.

A pair of pieces by Alfalfa (left) and Pupila (right), in Rosemont.

Breonna Taylor portrait by Ali K in Mile End. The background behind Breonna is by Khaled Jaafar and on the left by Random Ice And Cactus.

Above 4 photos: the 4 sides of a shed on the Lachine Canal, by Ankh One.

Astro in a Verdun alley.

Portrait of Zombie Boy by Awie in St-Henri.

After a young boy named Liam was struck and killed crossing the street in St-Henri, Awie found out that the kid wanted to be a muralist and decided to paint this mural from his sketchbook drawings. Have a look at the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Awie.

A beautiful diptych by Cyndie Belhumeur in the Plateau.

Omar Bernal in a Plateau alley.

Omar Bernal at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Omar has much more work in this retrospective, scroll up to Aldarwin or down to Grils and to the Taqueria production at the end of this post. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Dars’).

Bryan Beyung diptych in Ville St-Laurent.

Bonga in an abandoned building.

Borrris in an abandoned building.

Borrris mural in Mercier

Borrris mural in the Village. Borrris also participated in the big group portrait in Villeray, scroll down to ‘Grils’ to view.

Bosny in a Mile End alley production. Scroll down to ‘Jean-Sébastien Denis’ and to the Taqueria production at the end of this retrospective for more by Bosny. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Stencil of Donald Trump kissing Fox News’ Sean Hannity, by Carnior in Cartierville.

Carnior on the Just For Laughs Museum. The character depicted here is the mascot of the Just For Laughs comedy festival/museum/empire. Gilbert Rozon, the head of Just For Laughs, was acquitted in 2020 from accusations of rape for the third time (he was also acquitted on 2 other cases in 1998). Also, 14 other women who had accused him of rape and sexual misconduct two years ago when the #MeToo movement started were denied being allowed to take Rozon to court.

A glimpse into the brain of Donald Trump from Carnior.

Ruben Carrasco in Hochelaga.

Ruben Carrasco in Hochelaga.

A tribute to Portuguese fado singer Amália Rodrigues by Paulo Carreira in the Portuguese neighborhood.

Chado in a Petite-Patrie alley.

Chado in a Villeray alley.

Cryote at ground level and Waxhead above, in a Plateau alley production curated by Waxhead. Waxhead has been very active in 2020, some of his work can also be found in this retrospective under ‘Grils’, under ‘SBU One’ and under his own name.

Denial‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival.

A beautiful tribute to Marcelle Ferron created by Jean-Sébastien Denis and painted by MSHL and Bosny in Outremont. Both MSHL and Bosny have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

DMT under an overpass.

DMT in an abandoned building.

Dodo Osé in Little Italy.

Dodo Osé in Little Italy. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Fleo’ and under ‘K6A’).

Earth Crusher in Hochelaga.

Elfu at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Filco in Hochelaga.

Filco in Hochelaga.

Patrick Forchild‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival is a tribute to health workers on the frontline of the fight against the Covid19 virus. It was painted on the Jewish General Hospital which was the first hospital ready to take on patients affected by the virus.

Franco E for Mu commemorating the 30-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Montreal in 1990. The mural is found in St-Henri.

Gallium on a ramp of a Rosemont skatepark.

Germ Dee in Rosemont.

Grils tackling the subject of police brutaly in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Grils.

This huge 21-artist group mural supervised by Grils was painted in Villeray and illustrates very well the year 2020 in Montreal Street Art which saw the creation of many informal communities of artists working together, perhaps in reaction to the isolation of confinement. Front row: Kando, Her, Melsa Montagne, LNA, Fokus, Wuna, Tshoko and Mins. Middle row: Ravens Or Crows, Aldarwin, Moule, Math Lamarre, Omar Bernal, Maliciouz and Mastrocola. Back row: Adi, Derap, Waxhead, Sibo, Grils and Borrris.

Wuna, Tshoko, Ravens Or Crows, Aldarwin, Omar Bernal, Maliciouz, Waxhead, Grils and Borrris all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Her, LNA, Fokus, Tshoko, Aldarwin, Omar Bernal, Adi and Grils all contributed to the Taqueria project featured at the very end of this post. Fokus also has work under his alias Malin, see ‘Jest’ below. Adi, Tshoko and Waxhead also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Hank at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Jest‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mural by Jest (mostly top part) and Malin (mostly bottom part) in Hochelaga. Both artists were involved in the Taqueria production featured at the end of this retrospective. Malin aka Fokus has more work above under ‘Grils’. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Fokus under both of his names.

Johnny Crap in the Plateau. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Johnny Crap under his alias ‘Zen’.

Kor in a Rosemont alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Kor.

Collaboration between Nikki Küntzle (left) and Caitlin McDonagh (right) for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Collaboration between Labrona and M’Os Geez in a Hochelaga alley. Both artists have made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art. Scroll down for more by Labrona, under ‘Ledo’.

A large mural in Little Italy, by the Lama collective formed by artists Ludovic Mio, Hary, E. Bedaine and Alexis Vaillancourt. Hary also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti with a name piece.

This tribute to québécois sculptor Armand Vaillancourt was done for Mu by his son Alexis Vaillancourt with the help of his Lama crewmates.

A very long mural by the Lama collective in Rosemont.

Marc-Olivier Lamothe‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival.

A great collaboration between Kevin Ledo (central character) and Labrona (flying around) in a Plateau alley.

Another great collaboration between Kevin Ledo (left) and Labrona (right) in a Plateau alley. Labrona has more work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to view.

La Loica‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Lost Claws on a Mile End rooftop.

Lost Claws on a Petite-Patrie rooftop. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

2020 marked the 40th anniversary of the first referendum on Quebec independence and Macak painted at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel this famous picture of René-Lévesque giving his speech after having lost. Macak also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Above 3 photos: a 3-part piece by Maj in a Rosemont alley.

Maliciouz in a Hampstead park. She was involved in the large ‘La vie des noir.e.s compte’ piece at the top of this page. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

Mateo on an abandoned minivan in Mile End.

Mateo in Mile End.

Mateo in Mile End.

Monk.e in Ahuntsic.

A tribute to Vice Verses by Monk.e, in Hochelaga. Monk.e also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

A mural by Mono Sourcil in the Plateau.

Collaboration between Le Monstr (door) and Loopkin (left and right) for a green alley production in Hochelaga.

An abstract mural by MSHL in Pointe St-Charles. Scroll up to ‘Jean-Sébastien Denis’ for more by this artist.

Collaboration between Origami Explorateur and VF Vibes at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Origami Explorateur also finds herself in this retrospective under ‘Aldarwin’ and in the feature on the Taqueria production at the end of the post.

A tribute to George Floyd by Chris B. Powell and Caro Thibault at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Ravens Or Crows in a Mile End alley prod. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

A double garage diptych by Emily Read in Villeray. The animal on the door on the right is a pangolin; with the rainbow painted above, this connects the piece to the Covid19 pandemic.

Repus‘ contribution to the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

A tribute to MC Doom by Resok in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Resok.

Enok Ripley mural in Villeray.

Rouks in Rosemont.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) on a bridge pillar. The piece was inspired by the two homeless men who usually hang out there.

SBU One in an abandoned building.

SBU One in a Mile End alley production. SBU also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Scribe.

Sence in Rosemont.

Nick Sweetman at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Tchug in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Tchug.

Tshoko‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray (scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view) and to the Taqueria production featured below. She also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

A beautiful Ola Volo mural in Hochelaga.

Waxhead in a Mile End alley production which he supervised.

Waxhead in a Petite-Patrie alley. Waxhead also made it into this retrospective in collaborations, scroll up to ‘Cryote’, ‘Grils’ and ‘SBU One’ to view. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

A beautiful mural by Sophie Wilkins in Montreal North.

Wuna in a Rosemont alley. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Wuna.

Zoltan in the Plateau.


Omar Bernal’s Dia de los Muertos taqueria production

2020 was the year in which many informal communities of artists were created, the biggest of which being the gang that regularly came together at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel to paint and hang out. This led to the production of many multi-artist productions around the city, such as one supervised by Grils in Villeray (see group photo above under ‘Grils’) and this one curated by Omar Bernal on the walls of a Hochelaga taqueria. The theme of this all black and white production was Dia de los Muertos. The photos below cover the complete production.

The long western wall features Ramses Herrera Medina, Tshoko, Grils, Moule, Jest, Fokus, LNA, Origami Explorateur, Omar Bernal, Nero, Timoh Garcia and Aldarwin.

Curator Omar Bernal‘s dog Pipa passed away during the production, so he integrated her into it at a few places including this one above Robert Davy.

Marine Martinelli on the back door.

Abir on 2nd floor back door.

Her on a back wall.

Abir on the back wall. Omar Bernal echoed her piece on the post in front.

Bosny doing his thing on this back corner.

This segment of the eastern wall shows Omar Bernal, Timoh Garcia, Grils, Bezo, Lino and Aldarwin.

Central eastern wall showing Omar Bernal, Adi, Mariposa, Verbe, Huile d’Olive, SciWalkArt, Grils, Timoh Garcia and Aldarwin.

Andra

Front wall of the taqueria, Grils on the left, and Grils and Lino on the right.

Grils on corn piece over a background by Aldarwin.

Of all the artists involved, Tshoko, Grils, Jest, Origami Explorateur, Omar Bernal, Aldarwin, Abir and Bosny have more work featured in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Fokus, Moule, LNA, Her and Adi are involved in the group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view. Fokus can also be found under his alias Malin, see ‘Jest’.

Adi, Marine Martinelli, SciWalkArt and Huile d’Olive all made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art

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

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2018 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 2018 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 2018 street art collé
Retrospective 2018 graffiti


The 203 crew‘s wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Lyfer, Ekes, Arnold, Borrris, Flying Eric, Opire and Algue. Scroll down this gallery for some solo work by Arnold and Borrris. Lyfer, Ekes and Algue all have entries in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Above 4 photos: the 203 crew‘s wall by Borrris, Lyfer and Ekes for the 2018 Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Top photo shows the full wall, then the other three are close-ups on Borrris’ central character and Lyfer and Ekes’ letter pieces.

Add Fuel paid us a visit this year and created 2 walls, including this one found in a downtown alley.

Adida Fallen Angel spreading love in a Rosemont alley. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Above 3 photos: 3 artists – 3 styles in this “Save The Ocean” session found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel: Adida Fallen Angel, Aldarwin and Sewp. The latter artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Ankh One and Osmoze collaboration from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Ankh has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti, under ‘K6A’.

Arnold character in the Plateau. Scroll up to the first piece at the top of this page for more by Arnold.

Astro mural in Verdun.

Axe Lalime‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Axe Lalime in the South West.

Axe Lalime in the South West. There’s more by Axe down this list under ‘Dodo Osé’. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Bibi Una mural in a Plateau alley. She also has a wall in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Borrris wall in Hochelaga. Scroll up to the two 203 Crew murals at the top of this page for more by this artist.

A gorgeous wall by Danae Brissonnet between Villeray and Ahuntsic.

Jace Cantoro in the McGill ghetto.

Ruben Carrasco in St-Henri.

Ruben Carrasco in Villeray.

Cryptik‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Raphaël Dairon‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Demsky‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

A long wall by Deps in a narrow Plateau alley.

One of many owls by DMT found this year in cleverly hidden spots in the South West.

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe Lalime (cat) from a K6A & friends jam in the South West. Axe has solo entries listed under his name above and has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Dodo Osé mural in Hochelaga.

Self-portrait mural by Dodo Osé in Verdun. He also helped Fluke on his mural listed below.

Chris Dyer‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Earth Crusher in Rosemont.

Earth Crusher in the Plateau. There’s more by this artist in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Five Eight’.

Tristan Eaton‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Elfu’s part on the LTG wall at the Canettes de Ruelle.

Elfu‘s part in the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Manuel Fleury on the back of a parked abandoned truck.

Above 3 photos: full shot and 2 details of Fluke‘s homage to the Polish community in Hochelaga. He was assisted by Fonki, Five Eight and Dodo Osé. Fluke, Fonki and Five Eight also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti. Five Eight also has an entry in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Cécile Gariépy mural on a sports centre in TMR.

An alley piece by Germ Dee. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Germdee.

Above 5 photos: Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. The wall is quite long and the street rather narrow, hence the five close-ups above. Haks also helped Monk.e on a wall listed below, scroll down to view. Both Haks and Nemo have entries in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Hary in a Rosemeont alley.

Jest got a few mural gigs this year, this one is his biggest and best one. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Jest.

Kor in a Plateau alley.

Above 2 photos: two shots of this wall by Korb in Longueuil. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by Korb.

Nikki Küntzle in St-Michel.

Labrona created 4 pieces in the Plateau in parallel to Mural Festival, here’s one of them.

One more off-Mural piece by Labrona. He is also heavily featured in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

A gorgeous mural by Lacey and Layla done during the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Lacey and Layla wall in the South West.

Mural by Kevin Ledo in Little Burgundy honouring Daisy Peterson Sweeney. For Mu.

LeMonstr participated in both Mural and Under Pressure this year, this is his contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

LeMonstr also participated in the Canettes de Ruelle block party in a Rosemont alley.

LP Montoya mural in Petite-Patrie.

LSNR participated in both Mural and Under Pressure this year, this is his contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

LSNR mural piece in a Rosemont alley for the Canettes de Ruelle production. This artist has also made it into both the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti and the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Above 2 photos: Mu invited German artist Case Maclaim to paint in Montreal this year. His long wall (shown here over 2 shots) is found in St-Henri.

The Mad Rats‘ contribution to the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by this duo, together under ‘Mad Rats’ and in solo under ‘Boporc’ and ‘Gaulois’.

Maliciouz‘s beautiful piece in Mile End.

Maliciouz‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mastrocola and Melsa Montagne collaboration in the Plateau.

Mateo‘s tribute to Hubert Reeves in a Rosemont alley, for Ashop.

Above 2 photos: full shot and close-up of a mural by Mateo in Villeray.

Christina Mazzulla and Willy Wales for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mu invited Italian artist Millo to paint this rooftop wall in the Plateau.

Australian artist Miser spent six months in Montreal this past year, he did a lot of graffiti and painted 2 big murals including this one in Ville-Marie.

An awesome mural by Miser in a Plateau alley.

Above 2 photos: front and lateral shots of a wall by Monk.e on a South West high school. Assistance by Haks and Jimmy Baptiste. Haks has more work in this list, above under his name. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Monk.e mural in Mercier.

Monk.e‘s tribute to New Orleans jazz in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e on the wall of a school in Ville St-Laurent. Monk.e is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under his own name as well as under ‘K6A’.

Mono Sourcil’s contribution to a K6A & friends production in the South West.

Above 2 photos: full shot and 2 close-ups of this corner piece by Mono Sourcil in the Plateau. She also has an entry in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

M’Os Geez‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Above 2 photos: MSHL, SBU One and Naimo collaboration on this truck painted while the 2018 edition of Mural Festival took place. Scroll down for more by SBU One, and have a look at the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by both SBU One and Naimo.

MSHL‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Paynt and Hozek collaboration in a Rosemont alley.

Above 2 photos: collaboration between Paynt (top right), Hozek (bottom left), Sepan (top left), Magic (bottom right) and Gost (bottom middle) for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. I’m including a close-up on Magic’s part because it is less visible in the full shot.

Poni and Cyrielle Tremblay collaboration for the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Alex Produkt‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Above 2 photos: full shot and close-up of a long Emily Read mural celebrating the Peregrine Falcon in Petite-Patrie.

Above 5 photos: full shot and 4 close-ups on a long Emily Read mural celebrating the Alpine Ibex in Petite-Patrie.

Michael Reeder‘s fantastic mural from this past year’s edition of Mural Festival.

Rouks‘ beautiful contribution to Estival de Canes 2018. Rouks also does graffiti and has made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Royal and Crane‘s collaborative tribute to Skizo and Cons, 2 graffiti artists who have passed away in the past few years. Have a look at the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by both these artists.

Saner‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

SBU One‘s participation in the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

SBU One on a garage door in Hochelaga. Scroll up this gallery to ‘MSHL’ for more by SBU. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Above 2 photos: two full shots and a close-up on Scribe and Tchug‘s collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Unsurprisingly, Scribe is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Smithe‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. There’s more by Smithe in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Demsky’.

A beautiful collaboration between Snikr (figurative) and Rekal (letters) in a Plateau alley. There is more by these artists in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Rekal’ as well as under ‘Fleo’ and ‘K6A’.

This Mu mural found downtown is a tribute to Alanis Obomsawin. It was designed by Mekyoh and done by a collective of artists under the direction of Rafael Sottoclichio.

Above 2 photos: two different angles of Swarm‘s contribution to the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Swarm is an active wheatpaster, check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more of her work.

Nick Sweetman‘s off-Mural piece in a central graffiti alley.

Nick Sweetman (wasp) and Dré (letters) side by side in a central graffiti alley.

Tava in Petite-Patrie.

Tava and Wizard Skull collaboration in Petite-Patrie.

One more Tava and Wizard Skull collaboration in Petite-Patrie.

Tone stencil near Griffintown.

Vean Psilocybe mural in Ville-Marie

Above 3 photos: full shot and two close-ups on Waxhead‘s huge contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Waxhead‘s part in the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Waxhead.

Benny Wilding‘s tribute to Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Cemz’ for some letter pieces by this artist.

Above 5 photos: five shots of Zek‘s work around this park building in Ville St-Laurent. Unsurprisingly, Zek is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

This beautiful Hochelaga wall by an unidentified artist was finally completed in 2018. The left half dates back a few years, but the right half was done in 2018.

Retrospective of 2017 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2017. 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 2017 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2017 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2017 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 2017 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:
Rétrospective 2017 street art collé
Rétrospective 2017 graffiti


1010‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Adida Fallen Angel‘s contribution to the Alley Cats prod in Rosemont.

Ankh One and Benny Wilding collaboration in Verdun. The white discs over the mural spell out the word MULTICULTUREL. Scroll down for more by Benny Wilding under his name and more by Ankh One under ‘Monk.e’. Both artists have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (Benny Wilding is found there under ‘Cemz’).

Astro‘s tribute to Scaner at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.
(Also visible above is an older piece by Kare)

Astro in a Rosemont alley.

Axe‘s front wall for the RDV production which he curated in the Plateau.

A tribute to Scaner by Axe in the South West.

Axe piece in the South West. Scroll down for more by Axe under ‘Dodo Osé’ and under ‘K6A’. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

MC Baldassari and Aude Maeva for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Birdcap in Petite-Patrie.

Elizabeth Blancas from the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices.

Bonar in Petite-Patrie.

Bonar in Rosemont. Scroll down for more by Bonar below under ‘Opire’.

Harry Bones in upper Plateau.

Harry Bones in Rosemont.

Harry Bones at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Harry Bones‘ contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod. Harry Bones has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Scaner’ and ‘Soten’).

Borrris and Arnold collaboration in the Plateau. The two of them have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘203’).

A collaboration between Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri. See below for 2 close-ups.

Close-up of the above long wall by Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri.

Close-up of the above long wall by Botkin, Borrris, Arnold and Marc Sirus in St-Henri.

Botkin wall in Verdun, for Mu.

Jessica Canard and Dayna Danger for the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices in St-Henri.

Ricardo Cavolo‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

A beautiful piece in the plateau by Tel Aviv’s Dede.

Dodo Osé‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Dodo Osé in Ville St-Laurent.

Dodo Osé and Axe collaboration in the South West. Scroll down for more by those two below under ‘K6A’. There’s also more Axe in solo above, under his name. Both artists have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Earth Crusher for Ashop, downtown Montreal.

Earth Crusher from the RDV prod curated by Axe.

Elfu on truck side.

The most photographed mural in Montreal in 2017 is also the city’s biggest one ever. This is El Mac and Gene Pendon‘s tribute to Leonard Cohen downtown Montreal. Produced by Mu.

Ron English‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

2017 was a great year for Fluke. This mural is on a St-Michel school.

Tribute to Bad News Brown by Fluke in the Quartier des Spectacles.

Fluke‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival is a tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Flying Eric in a Rosemont alley.

Flying Eric on an abandoned Plateau house.

Germ Dee at Plaza Walls.

Germ Dee in a Plateau alley. Germdee also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Mono Gonzalez in Villeray.

Above 3 photos: Mono Gonzalez over 3 sides of a Rosemont park building.

Gwan (left) and Eric Williams (right) in the Akira’s Alley prod. Gwan also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Li-Hill‘s painted installation for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. See below for close-ups.

Close-up of Li-Hill‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Closer-up of Li-Hill‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Hsix‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod. Hsix also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Everyone knows about the 2 huge tributes to Leonard Cohen by Kevin Ledo and El Mac+Gene Pendon. This one by Jee is much smaller in scale but still a great piece of art!

Jest in a central Montreal alley. Scroll down for more by Jest, under ‘Sloast’.

Jonathan Bergeron aka Johnny Crap in Hochelaga.

K6A‘s wall at the Festival de Canes in Longueuil, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstieOne. See below for 2 close-ups. There’s more by Axe, Dodo Osé and Monk.e in this yearly list under their respective names. The latter three as well as Fleo and Serak have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Close-up of the above K6A wall for the Festival de Canes.

Another close-up of the above K6A wall for the Festival de Canes.

Kor (cat) and Hoar (letters) in a Rosemont alley. Hoar has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Kor‘s part in the Alley Cats production in a Rosemont alley which he curated.

Korb over a background by Axe in the RDV production curated by the latter artist. Korb has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Above 2 photos: a segment of the Akira Alley prod in a Plateau alley, featuring
first photo: Labrona (left), Futur Lasor Now (middle) and Andy Dass (top right)
second photo: Cryote (left and bottom right) and Waxhead (door, around door and top right). Scroll down for more by the latter two artists under ‘Waxhead’. There’s also more by Waxhead under ‘SBU One’. Labrona, Futur Lasor Now and Waxhead also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Labrona redid the base of one of his classic Plateau murals.

Kevin Ledo‘s huge tribute to Leonard Cohen from the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Loyal in Rosemont.

Mad C‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Mastrocola in a Plateau alley. Notice the garbage container in camouflage.

Mastrocola in the Plateau.

A long Mateo mural at the Marché Jean-Talon.

Mateo‘s tribute to Denise Pelletier in Centre-Sud, produced by Mu.

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration mural for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up to Ankh One’s name for more by this artist. Monk.e and Ankh One have also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Monk.e‘s solo contribution for the Festival de Canes in Longueuil. He also participated in the K6A crew mural next to his, scroll up this list to ‘K6A’ to view.

Monk.e mural in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Mono Sourcil‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. See below for close-ups in three segments.

Segment 1/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Segment 2/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Segment 3/3 of Mono Sourcil‘s long wall for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

Mono Sourcil in a Rosemont alley. Mono Sourcil also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Nelio mural for Mu in St-Henri.

Onur‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival, in Chinatown. This one was painted with blacklight-sensitive paint, see nighttime shots of it on the artist’s webpage.

Opire and Bonar collaboration on the wall of a Plateau house awaiting demolition. Scroll up to Bonar’s name for some solo work by this artist in this yearly rundown. Opire has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘203’).

Paynt in a Rosemont alley.

Paynt in a Rosemont alley.

Le Renard Fou at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Le Renard Fou also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel for the year’s final Sinojam.

Above 2 photos: Rouks‘ part in a collaboration mural with Monk.e on letters. The whole mural has made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Jessica Sabogal for the 2017 edition of Unceded Voices in St-Henri.

Ruben Sanchez‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

SBU One‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

2017 was a busy year for SBU One. Click to zoom in on this long alley piece found in Rosemont.

SBU One on a Plateau house.

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) collaboration in a Rosemont alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ and up to ‘Labrona’ for more work by Waxhead in this yearly list. The latter artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

Scribe‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scribe has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

Off-Muralfest piece by Secret in a central back alley.

Seork piece in Rosemont.

Seork at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sloast and Jest collaboration on a Plateau garage door. Scroll up to Jest’s name in this list for some solo work by this artist. Sloast also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Striker‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Taka Sudo in St-Henri.

Tchekon in a Plateau alley, echoing the theme of a less-abstract mural of his found nearby.

Tiburon‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Turf One aka Jean Labourdette in a central Montreal alley, for Art Gang.

Stefan Vandal business front in Hochelaga.

We were spoiled in 2017 to have had great artist Vhils accept an invitation from Art Gang. Vhils has this unique and recognizable approach in which he first paints his piece, then etches/chisels out the painted areas, leaving a textured relief mural.

One of Ware’s contribution to the Time Is Gold prod, Scaner‘s last before he passed away.

Waxhead and Cryote‘s great collaboration in the Plateau.

Waxhead and Cryote‘s joint collaboration for the Alley Cats prod in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Labrona’ above for more work by these 2 artists. There’s also more Waxhead above under ‘SBU One’ as well as in the Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

WhatIsAdam in Mile-Ex.

Benny Wilding‘s figurative segment on a long wall tribute to Scaner (also involving Stare and Zek – not pictured here).

Benny Wilding‘s nostalgia mural at Plaza St-Hubert. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins in St-Michel.

The “Jailspot”

The “Jailspot” is the name given by graffiti writers and urban explorers to two contiguous abandoned buildings on Henri-Bourassa at the level of the now closed Tanguay prison. These buildings were not actually part of the closed prison, they belonged to Transport Québec who once used them as hangars for heavy machinery. They appear to have been used in the recent past as offices and warehouse space. The westernmost of the two is older than the other one which seems to have been built around 2006-2007. For the following years the latter new construction was used for sporadic warehouse sales.

Business must not have been very good, the buildings were left unused as early as 2011-2012 and signs of graffiti action started appearing, first outside, then inside. Within a few years the two buildings were completely taken over by explorers and writers/artists. Everything except the warehouse at the front of the easternmost building quickly deteriorated, through the combined actions of vandals and rain/snow through broken doors and windows as well as collapsed roofs. The two buildings were finally gradually demolished over the spring and summer of 2016.

If you have any additional information about this spot, feel free to write in and contribute to this article.

The gallery below is divided by rooms and other areas where artists left their mark. The names of the rooms are not official ones, I just came up with them for comprehensive purposes. A plan of the spot can be seen below, at the top of the gallery.

Le “Jailspot” est le nom donné par les graffeurs et explorateurs urbains à deux édifices voisins sur Henri-Bourassa devant l’ancienne prison Tanguay. Ces deux édifices ne font en fait pas partie de l’ancienne prison, ils appartenaient à Transport Québec et ont déjà servi de hangars pour de la machinerie lourde. Ils semblent avoir ensuite servi de bureaux et d’entrepôts au cours des années précédant leur abandon. Celui situé le plus à l’ouest semble dater d’avant l’autre qui a été construit vers 2006-2007. Au cours des années qui ont suivi sa construction ce dernier a été le lieu de ventes d’entrepôt.

Les affaires n’ont pas dû être très profitables, déjà vers 2011-2012 les édifices n’étaient plus utilisés et les graffeurs ont commencé à arriver sur les lieux, d’abord à l’extérieur, ensuite à l’intérieur. Très rapidement l’endroit a été pris d’assaut par les explorateurs urbains et les graffeurs. Tout sauf les pièces du devant s’est rapidement détérioré, sous l’action de vandales et de la pluie/neige entrant par les portes et fenêtres brisées ainsi que des portions de toits effondrés. Les deux édifices ont finalement été démolis au cours du printemps et de l’été 2016.

Si vous détenez de l’information additionnelle sur cet endroit, vous êtes invités à me contacter et contribuer à cet article.

La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est divisée en pièces et autres zones où les artistes ont oeuvré. Les noms des différentes pièces ne sont pas officiels, ils sont ceux que j’ai utilisés pour mes besoins d’archivage. Le plan ci-dessous montre les positions relatives de ces pièces.


Plan of the various rooms and areas. The codes E1 to E6 and W1 to W5 refer to the room sub-sections below. Click to expand.


Eastern building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2015. Visible in the front are abandoned limousines!