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Mural Festival 2018

This article features the new murals created during the 2018 edition of Mural Festival as well as the other temporary art found on the site (St-Laurent between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal) while it was closed to traffic from June 7th to 17th.

Six earlier Festival murals have been replaced with new ones this year. These are the Ricardo Cavolo and Insa from the 2017 edition, the XRAY and Ms Teri walls from the 2016 edition, the Young Jarus wall from the 2015 edition, and the Other mural from the 2013 edition.

You may want to check out this walking tour map connecting all Mural Festival creations and other major murals in the area.

Cet article présente les nouvelles murales créées dans le cadre de l’édition 2018 du Festival Mural ainsi que les oeuvres temporaires trouvées sur le site (St-Laurent entre Sherbrooke et Mont-Royal) pendant la tenue de l’événement du 7 au 17 juin.

Six murales ont été remplacées par de nouvelles cette année: celles de Ricardo Cavolo et de Insa de l’édition 2017, celles de XRAY et de Ms Teri de l’édition 2016, celle de Young Jarus de l’édition 2015 ainsi que celle de Other datant de l’édition 2013.

Vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à cet itinéraire pédestre reliant toutes les murales produites dans le cadre de toutes les éditions du Festival ainsi que les autres créations majeures dans le même quartier.


the murals

Michael Reeder, who also supplied the Festival’s artwork for this year’s edition (as seen on the top banner of this post).

Demsky

Tristan Eaton

Saner

Drew Merritt

Stare

Waxhead. See below for close-ups of this huge contribution.

Close-up of Waxhead‘s huge contribution.

One more close-up of Waxhead‘s huge contribution.

Waxhead‘s wall also includes a guest appearance of Ekes on letters.

Jeremy Shantz. See below for a ‘fenceless’ close-up of Fonki and Serak‘s tribute to Scaner at the base of the mural.

Tribute to Scaner by Fonki and Serak, a detail of Jeremy Shantz‘s wall (see above).

Axe Lalime

Smithe

WhatIsAdam

Ben Eine

A collaboration between Poni and Cyrielle Tremblay.

Sandra Chevrier

Le Monstr

LSNR

Sara Erenthal

Cryptik

This Marc Sirus wall was not on the official programme but it was still part of the festival.


ASVP’s sidewalk pieces

In 2018 it was ASVP‘s turn to supply the sidewalk pieces in the Mural zone. He did seven in total, all on St-Laurent between Milton and St-Joseph.

En 2018 c’était au tour de ASVP de créer les pièces de trottoir pour le Festival Mural. Il en créé sept, toutes sur St-Laurent entre Milton et St-Joseph.


vehicles

The 123Klan painted the outside of this shuttle that brings people to the Alouettes (football) games. Two more buses were done during the festival but I was not able to photograph them.

SBU One, MSHL and Naimo collaborated on this truck for a Rosemont café. The side here is mostly by SBU One with a bit by MSHL, and the back is all by MSHL. See below for the opposite side mostly by Naimo.

This is Naimo‘s side of the above truck for a Rosemont café. SBU One and MSHL have also contributed a bit to this side.


information/ad boards

Every year the backs of the Festival’s many information and advertisement boards are painted by a selection of mostly local artists, a great way to showcase a lot of additional Montreal talent. A few are missing from the gallery below as I was unable to photograph them before they got tagged.

A chaque année le revers des panneaux d’information et de publicité du Festival sont peints par divers artistes locaux, une excellent initiative permettant de présenter une grande quantité de talent montréalais. Quelques pièces, que je n’ai pas eu la chance de photographier avant qu’elles ne soient tagguées, manquent à la galerie ci-dessous.

Mr Crocks and Kwartz collaboration.

Nikki Kuentzle

Yumar

MC Grou

Max Prevo

Raphael Dairon

Alice Demee

Carolane Bélanger

Dominique Montesano

Geneviève Bigué

Jo Mendel

Julia GR


‘your face here’ boards

Just like the info/ad boards above, these ‘your face here’ boards are great canvases for local artists to show their craft during the festival. I’ve only photographed a few of these this year.

Tout comme les revers de panneaux d’information et publicitaires ci-dessus, ces panneaux permettent à des artistes locaux de montrer leur talent pendant la durée du festival. Je n’ai malheureusement photographié que quelques uns cette année.

Mirabolle

Alexis Vaillancourt

Bonar

To see much more than what this spotlight features, and because most of Bonar’s best street work was done outside Montreal, check out olivierbonnard.com as well as his Instagram page.

Pour en voir plus que ce que ce profil de l’artiste Bonar présente, et parce qu’il est très actif hors de Montréal, vous êtes invités à visiter olivierbonnard.com ainsi que sa page Instagram.


Pieces are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In Hochelaga. See below for close-up detail.

Detail of the above Hochelaga wall.

In Mile End.

In Rosemont.

In Petite-Patrie.

Temporary wall in the Village.

At the back of a downtown pub. This is Bonar’s second wall at this spot, scroll down for his first.

With Opire on the side of a Plateau house awaiting demolition.

Bonar on the left and Mathieu Connery on the right, for the Van Horne Station block party.

Rooftop piece over St-Laurent.

With Opire for the 2015 edition of Chromatic.

Bonar and Opire‘s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Bonar on character and Les hommes de lettres on calligraphy.

Bonar’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Bonar (above) and Birdo (unfortunately partially obstructed) in a McGill Ghetto alley.

Bonar on wall, Algue (door, first garage) and Nixon (second garage).

At the back of a downtown pub. This is Bonar’s first wall at this spot, scroll up for his second.

Bonar’s wall for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival.

Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best murals and other painted street art pieces of 2017 in Montreal. 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.

It was already difficult selecting 100 ceations, 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 very popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 75 pasted street art of 2017
Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2017 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées mais surtout 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 2017 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà trop 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 artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 75 collages street art de 2017
Top 200 pièces graffitis de 2017


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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (under ‘Scaner’ and ‘Soten’).

Borrris and Arnold collaboration in the Plateau. The two of them have also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

Earth Crusher for A’Shop, 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.

Germdee at Plaza Walls.

Germdee in a Plateau alley. Germdee also made it into the Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

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 Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (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 Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

Scribe‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival. Scribe has also made it into the Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017.

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 Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

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 Top 75 pasted street art of 2017.

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 Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017 (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins in St-Michel.

Fluke

Fluke is one of those artists who started off in graffiti and has subsequently become one of the key players in the Montreal urban art scene. The artist learned his trade in the world of graffiti in the early 1990s, at the tender age of 9! In 2009 he co-founded A’Shop, “an artist-run production company specialized in graffiti murals, street art and urban aesthetics” (source: ashop.ca). He is still the president of the company, as well as one of its main artists.

A’Shop, which employs a handful of artists among the best of this city, has since changed the face of urban art in Montreal with the creation of an amazing number of murals and other artistic endeavours. And for the past few years the company has started shining outside Montreal thanks to major creations done elsewhere in the country as well as in the USA and Europe.

To see more of Fluke’s work than what I was lucky enough to photograph, have a look at his Instagram and Facebook pages. To find out more about A’Shop, check out ashop.ca as well as their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Fluke est un de ces artistes qui se sont développés dans le monde du graffiti et sont depuis devenus des acteurs incontournables de la scène d’art urbain montréalaise. L’artiste a fait ses premières armes dans le monde du graffiti dans les années 1990, à l’âge de 9 ans. En 2009 il a co-fondé A’Shop, “une compagnie de production d’artistes autogérés spécialisée en peinture murale, en street art et en esthétique urbaine” (source: ashop.ca). Il en est toujours le président ainsi qu’un de ses principaux créateurs.

A’Shop, qui emploie une poignée d’artistes parmi les meilleurs en ville, a depuis changé le visage de l’art urbain à Montréal grâce à la création d’un nombre impressionnant de murales et autres interventions de nature artistique. De plus, depuis quelques années la compagnie a commencé à rayonner à l’extérieur de Montréal, avec des interventions ailleurs au pays ainsi qu’aux Etats-Unis et en Europe.

Pour en voir plus sur le travail de Fluke que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Instagram et Facebook. Pour en apprendre plus sur A’Shop, visitez ashop.ca ou ses pages Instagram et Facebook du collectif.

figurative solo work

For the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood.

Tribute to Bad News Brown to replace an earlier one (see ‘Figurative collaborations’ section below).

Huge mural over two walls of a St-Michel school.

Tribute to Jackie Robinson for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

figurative collaborations

Most collaborations below are A’Shop projects.

La plupart des collaborations ci-dessous sont des projets d’A’Shop.

With Ankh One for A’Shop in Hochelaga.

A’Shop mural in the Plateau, designed by Fluke and done with Zek and Benny Wilding.

The Carey Price piece (goalie) is a collaboration with Axe Lalime. Also visible on the left are letter pieces by Maniak (top) and Zek (ground level).

A’Shop‘s mural for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Fluke, Axe Lalime, Zek and Apashe.

In just a few years this iconic NDG mural has become the most internationally famous one in Montreal. By A’Shop featuring Fluke, Axe Lalime, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

Tribute mural to Bad News Brown by A’Shop featuring Fluke, Saer and Zek. After having been painted over, a new tribute was done in 2017 (see Fluke solo section above).

Fluke and Axe Lalime for A’Shop on one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

A’Shop mural in the Plateau featuring Dodo Osé, Phile, Zek and Fluke.

letters

For the Chemin Vert production in the summer of 2016. The prod was actually organised by Fluke.

Zek (left) and Fluke (right) for Plaza Walls.

K6A‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Fluke (bottom right) as well as Axe Lalime (racoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right) and Dodo Osé (middle right). See close-up on Fluke’s piece below.

Close-up on Fluke’s piece on the above wall from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Fluke’s part in a 123Klan production in the Plateau. Character is by Aiik.

Earth Crusher character on a temporary A’Shop wall, surrounded by tags from both Earth Crusher and his alter ego Dré, as well as Zek, Fluke (bottom right), Ankh One, etc.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

On a container near the A’Shop offices.

Fluke’s part in a A’Shop/123Klan production in the Plateau.

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

Nature taking over this older Fluke letter piece on a K6A wall in St-Henri.

SBU One

SBU One was born in France but moved to Montreal in 2004. For many years his street work walked the line between figurative and abstract, never quite one or the other. In the past few years he appears to have been doing a bit more figurative work, as least as far as his street work is concerned. It often features animals and zoomorphic characters and mashups, although it tends to remain closer to abstract when he works with frequent collaborator MSHL. In recent years his notorierity has increased rapidly, leading him to participate to festivals such as Under Pressure and Amalgam and then Mural Festival in 2017.

To see much more than what is featured in the photo gallery below (including studio/gallery work, animation, comics, and a lot of amazing street work outside Montreal), check out sbuone.com as well as his Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr pages.

SBU One est né en France mais habite Montréal depuis 2004. Pendant plusieurs années son art de rue balançait entre le figuratif et l’abstrait, jamais tout à fait l’un ou l’autre. Depuis quelques années l’artiste penche un peu plus vers le figuratif, du moins en ce qui concerne son art urbain. Animaux et personnages zoomorphiques y font des apparitions fréquentes. Ceci étant dit, celui-ci redevient plutôt abstrait lorsqu’effectué conjointement avec son fréquent collaborateur MSHL. SBU One a gagné beaucoup en notoriété ces dernières années, menant à des participations remarquées à des festivals tels que Under Pressure et Amalgam, et à l’édition 2017 du Festival Mural.

Pour en voir bien plus que ce qui est présenté dans la gallerie-photo ci-dessous (incluant des oeuvres en studio/gallerie, de l’animation, de la bande dessinée et beaucoup d’oeuvres urbaines géniales hors-Montréal), jetez up coup d’oeil à sbuone.com ainsi qu’à ses pages Facebook, Instagram et Tumblr.


murals and other painted pieces

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with MSHL in Pointe St-Charles.

Collaboration between MSHL and SBU One for the Canettes de Ruelle production.

In Rosemont.

SBU One’s own kind of letters in Petite-Patrie.

For the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Found under a bridge.

Truck side mostly by SBU, with a bit by Naimo and MSHL. The back is all MSHL. Done during the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

The opposite side of the above truck from the 2018 edition of Mural Festival is mostly Naimo with a bit by SBU and MSHL.

On a garage door in Hochelaga.

Spelling out S-B-U at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In a Rosemont alley (click to zoom in).

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) in a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

For the Gatos Callejeros production in a Rosemont alley.

This MSHL garage door in Mile End features some work by SBU One.

Collaboration with MSHL on the lower (2nd) floor and with Tiburon on the upper (3rd) one. The upper floor was retouched from an earlier SBU-solo piece, scroll down to view.

Collaboration with MSHL for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall. See below for 2 close-ups on SBU One’s parts.

Close-up 1/2 on SBU One’s part in a collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Close-up 2/2 on SBU One’s part in a collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with MSHL in Pointe St-Charles.

Floors 2 and 3 added to the back of this Plateau building. Scroll down for a close-up of Level 1 from a year earlier. Level 2 is a collaboration with MSHL.

Contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

On a house awaiting demolition in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Scribe in a Rosemont back alley.

In a Rosemont back alley.

In Petite-Patrie.

Collaboration with MSHL in the Plateau.

SBU One in the Plateau. More was added to this piece the following year, scroll up to view.

SBU One’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

Contribution to the 2016 International Percussion Festival.

Collaboration with MSHL in a Plateau alley.

Collaboration with Waxhead in a multi-artist mural project for Sun Youth. Visible bottom left is one of Starkey‘s wabbits.

A side piece done during the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

This garage door was done off-Mural Festival in 2016.

Collaboration with MSHL in Mile End.

In St-Henri.

SBU One’s part in a multi-artist production in Old Montreal.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Behind a studio in St-Henri.

Underneath expressway. Photo © SBU One.

With Zdey on the right at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Photo © SBU One.

On the roof of the Omnipac building (now demolished). Photo © SBU One.

In Rosemont. Photo © SBU One.

Photo © SBU One.

Photo © SBU One.

Underneath expressway. Photo © SBU One.

Underneath expressway.

Underneath expressway.

Underneath expressway.

On a concrete block found in an abandoned lot in Hochelaga

Very old piece dated 2006 in the Plateau.


Videshi babaji

SBU One has this recurring character which he calls “Videshi babaji” serving as some sort of logo and which he seems to use in the way graffiti writers would with a throw (quickly sprayed piece with outline and uniform fill). Most of the time the character is a bearded head with a hat, but in at least one instance (top of the gallery below), it was given a whole body. It also often comes with a speech bubble.

SBU One a un personnage récurrent appelé “Videshi babaji” lui servant en quelque sorte de logo, ou d’équivalent du throw (pièce rapidement exécutée ne consistant que d’un contour et un remplissage uniforme) chez les graffeurs. Dans la majorité des cas le perso est une tête d’homme barbu arborant une casquette, mais dans au moins un cas (première entrée dans la gallerie ci-dessous), SBU lui a donné un corps. Le personnage vient souvent avec une bulle de texte (façon bande dessinée).


drawn pieces

Found inside the abandoned Transco.

Found inside the abandoned Transco.


wheatpastes

Most, perhaps all pieces below are in collaboration with MSHL.

La majorité, sinon toutes les pièces ci-dessous sont des collaborations avec MSHL.


stickers

Axe Lalime

Axe Lalime, or simply Axe, is a very prolific and versatile Montreal artist active since 1995. He stems from the world of graffiti but excels in various forms of figurative art, be it mural or on canvas. He is very active with the K6A crew, but also pays allegiance to crews KG and CFC. He has in the past been a frequent collaborator on A’Shop productions.

The photo gallery below is therefore mainly split into sections featuring his graffiti pieces, his figurative work as well as the great collective projects by A’Shop and K6A to which he contributed. To see more than what I had the chance to photograph, check out his Facebook and Instagram pages and this great video showing Axe at work on various pieces featured below.

Axe Lalime, ou tout simplement Axe, est un artiste montréalais prolifique et versatile, actif depuis 1995. Il vient du milieu du graffiti mais excelle aussi en art figuratif qu’il soit mural ou sur canevas. Il est très actif avec le collectif K6A mais prête aussi allégeance aux crews KG et CFC. Il a été de par le passé un fréquent collaborateur sur des projets réalisés par A’Shop.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous est conséquemment divisée en sections présentant ses pièces de graffiti, ses oeuvres figuratives ainsi que les grands projets collectifs auxquels il a participé aux cotés d’A’Shop et de K6A. Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram ainsi qu’a cette capsule video montre l’artiste en action, travaillant sur plusieurs des pièces présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous.


letters

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Axe’s part in a going away jam for Miser in Hochelaga.

The K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Axe in the central letters jam, alongside Monk.e, Ankh One, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer.

In a Plateau alley.

Contribution to the Estival de Canes 2018 (work-in-progress, final version coming soon).

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A winter piece at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In a big production in St-Henri.

Scaner‘s name by Axe and Sober. Scaner did the outlines of the first three letters before he passed away in September 2017. Axe and Sober did the N, the fill and background. Bird of prey above is by Tchug. See below for what’s on the left of this.

This is on the left of the above photo. Riding character by Axe, and perhaps also the snake.

Axe (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (ground letters) for the Time Is Gold production.

One more bit by Axe for the Time Is Gold production, this is King the squirrel.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Axe (top), Zek (bottom left), Awe (bottom right) and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

With Fleo on the left, in Ville-Emard.

With Fleo on the right, and an older piece by Serak above, in industrial Montreal.

Axe’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2016 Percussion Festival.

Minivan side.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

Axe (top) and Wuna (ground level) at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Section of a K6A production in St-Henri, above Dodo Osé.

In industrial Montreal.

Axe (character and letters on the left) and Monk.e (character and letters middle and right), in Hochelaga.

On truckside, with Tchug.

In St-Henri.

Truckside.

Rooftop in Hochelaga.

Axe’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery (on the back wall).

In Sherbrooke.

Axe’s part in a graff wall with Scaner and Kemr in Hochelaga.

Rooftop session next to Serak.

With Astro in Hochelaga.

Axe on doors and SBU One on the right, in St-Henri.

In a St-Henri alley.

Trackside Pointe-St-Charles.

Saer (left) and Axe (right) in Hochelaga.

Part of a K6A wall in Hochelaga.


figurative work

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Axe on characters and Fokus on letters, ahead of the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

In the South West.

Same South West spot as above but a few months earlier.

In the South West.

Tribute to Scaner in the South West.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

In St-Henri.

Community-oriented wall in a Rosemont-Petite-Patrie alley.

From a Plateau production curated by Axe himself. The piece continues around the right-side corner, see below.

The piece in the above photo continues around the corner, beneath letters by Stare.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Crane on letters and Axe on character, from a Plateau production curated by Axe.

In Rosemont.

Dodo Osé with Axe on smaller characters, in the South West.

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

A bit more by Axe for the Scan You Rock jam.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Awe in Ahuntsic.

In Villeray. See below for alternate angle.

In Villeray. See above for alternate angle.

Work-in-progress nearly completed for the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

With Snikr on the right for the 2016 Chemin Vert production.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With letters by Crane on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

With letters by Naimo on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

For Plaza Walls.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With Fleo on letters at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rooftop part at the Plaza St-Hubert (2 sides displayed).

On back of truck.

In Petite-Patrie.

On a post of Plaza St-Hubert.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

In Old Montreal.

Character between Sewer and F.One at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Scaner on letters and Axe on characters, in Petite-Patrie.

With Monk.e on this K6A wall in Hochelaga.

Full mural by Axe, for Muralité, in Mile-End.

Axe on character, Smak on bottom letters with older letters by Pito top right, at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Monk.e (left), Scaner (right letters) and Axe (right character) in Hochelaga.

Scaner and Axe’s contribution to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

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

Scaner (bottom letters), Ether TFB (middle letters), Serak (top letters), Axe (bottom left) and Hsix (right) for the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

Axe on dragon and rats, with Stare on ‘K’ and ‘G’ and Scaner on other background lettering, in Rosemont. See below for close-up of Axe’s rats in the bottom right corner.

Close-up of Axe’s rats from the mural above with Stare and Scaner.

Letters by Scaner (center ground level) between hissing felines by Axe, Feka and Peur (middle) and wheatpaste by Lovebot (top), by train tracks in Mile End.

Detail of a larger mural piece with other artists in a Plateau alley.

Perhaps with others, doing the K6A logo in Griffintown.

Next to letters by Scaner in Ville-Marie. See below for another character by Axe on this long mural.

From a long wall in Ville-Marie, see also other segment above.

Scaner (text), Earth Crusher (central figure) and Axe (end figures) in abandoned industrial building.

In Rosemont.

Commissioned pieces on garage doors in Hochelaga by Scaner and/or Axe.

A’Shop featuring Axe and Fluke ‘mural’ on a pillar of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Hochelaga alley, perhaps with someone else.


contribution to multi-artist murals

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe (cat) from a K6A jam in the South West.