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Retrospective of 2016 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2016. 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 writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2016 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2016 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 2016 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 graffeurs 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 2016 street art collé
Rétrospective 2016 graffiti


Phillip Adams‘ annual mural for les Habitations Jeanne-Mance, produced by Mu.

The Art Gang‘s Snipes at Plaza Walls.

Another one by Art Gang aka the AG Crew, this one produced before Plaza Walls. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by the AG Crew.

Akuma One and Korb mural in Villeray. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by these two Crazy Apes.

Huge mural by Algue and Opire at Plaza Walls.

Two sides of a municipal building in the Port of Montreal by Ankh One for Ashop.

Ankh One and Fluke in Hochelaga. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti (under ‘K6A’ and ‘Zek’) for more from Fluke.

Ankh One and Shadow‘s contribution to a huge Ashop production in NDG. More from this huge production further down this list under ‘Five Eight’ and ‘Fonki’. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti (under ‘Ashop’ and under ‘Shadow’) for more by these two artists.

Apok in Rosemont.

Apok around letters by Eskro at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. Eskro has made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti.

Astred Collective mural in Pointe St-Charles, featuring Eskro (letters) and Apok (figurative).

Astro in Petite-Patrie. This was on the Plaza Walls programme despite not being in the Plaza St-Hubert immediate neighbourhood.

(Two photos above) Two angles of these Plateau schoolyard sheds done by Astro at the beginning of the summer.

(Three photos above) This long wall on the side of a Hochelaga daycare was made more cheerful by Astro.

The side wall of this Taichi studio in Ahuntsic was embellished with this beautiful piece by Axe and Awe. Another bit by Axe on the right was from earlier than 2016. Monk.e also participated to this mural (he’s on the left), but his entries in this retrospective are featured below under his name and Tiburon’s. Both Axe and Awe have made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti, Axe under his own name, ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’; Awe under his own name and ‘Lyfer’.

Axe on a tin covered wall at Plaza Walls.

This is Jonathan Bergeron‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Bik Ismo was a last minute addition to the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival and produced one of the most loved walls this year.

A small but fascinating piece by Biko in an obscure spot beneath an overpass. Check the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art for more by Biko.

A garage door by Bosny in Plateau End.

This is a collaborative mural between Bosny and Koal for Plaza Walls. If you look closely, you’ll see that the white shapes are very stylized letters making the names of the two artists (Koal, then Bosny). Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by these two.

Botkin came up with 10 sidewalk pieces for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. Three of these have made this retrospective, this one and the two below.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

One more sidewalk piece by Botkin for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Collaboration between Luc Bouchard (background) and Haks (robots) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for one more mural by Haks. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by Haks.

This is another mural by Luc Bouchard near the one above, but he’s solo on this one.

The internationally reknowned Buff Monster was on the programme of the Mural Festival this past year.

(Above two photos) Clandestinos, the duo of Shalak and Bruno Smoky, paid us a quick visit at the end of the summer and left us the two sides of this Rosemont park container.

Cryote had a busy year in 2016. This unofficial creation was found on sliding doors at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

It was the year of the dog in Montreal street art in 2016, in big part because of a controversial by-law banning pitbulls and other related breeds. Cryote is one of many artists who took the paintbrush and spraycan in protest of this cruel decision that will eventually lead to the euthanasia of many harmless dogs.

Cryote (central figures) and Waxhead (leafy figures and door) in a Mile End alley. Scroll down to ‘Waxhead’ for more by these two artists.

Melissa del Pinto was commissioned by Mu for this beautiful piece on the wall of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new pavilion.

There were a lot of famous international names from the street art circuit on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, including that of D*Face.

Dodo Osé‘s star took a leap in 2016; this little masterpiece in a Hochelaga alley is just one of many great works the artist produced this past year.

Dodo Osé also came up with this beautiful downtown tribute to his native city of Lyon.

Another Dodo Osé entry in this retrospective, this one was done in St-Henri. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti (under ‘K6A’) for more by this artist.

Off-Mural Festival work by Earth Crusher. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by Earth Crusher (under ‘Five Eight’).

Elfu makes this yearly roundup with this funny Oktoberfest piece. Next to it are letters by his POM crewmate EK Sept. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by those two, under ‘POM’.

This past year we were finally treated to a proper mural by Ella & Pitr. The duo had in the past produced a number of great pieces in Montreal, but these were always on roofs and parking spaces, therefore only visible to people flying above and could only be photographed with the help of a drone.

There were a lot of big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival, but Montreal is home to a lot of great talent and local artist Five Eight produced one of this year’s most loved murals. Have a look at the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by this artist/writer.

Five Eight and Rouks collaborated on this segment of a huge project put together by Ashop in NDG. More from this Ashop production above under ‘Ankh One’ and below under ‘Fonki’. Scroll down for more great collaborative work by Rouks.

This is Fonki‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

There were a log of dogs in Montreal street art in 2016, partly because of that anti-pitbull by-law, but also because two big murals were commissioned by owners in tribute to their dogs who had passed away. This is the one done by Fonki, scroll down to Kevin Ledo for the other one.

Fonki also collaborated with Ms Teri on a segment of a mega Ashop production in NDG. More from this huge production above under ‘Ankh One’ and ‘Five Eight’. Check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for more by Ms Teri.

A street art hotspot in a Mile End alley was completely redone in 2016 following construction on some of its walls. This one by Gawd is one of the new pieces found there.

Gawd (right) and Labrona (left) also make this retrospective with this unofficial combo on the wall of an abandoned building in Mercier. Scroll down for more work by these two, under ‘Labrona’. The two also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art.

Germ Dee is a new big addition to the local street art scene. He started being active late spring and within a few months he produced an impressive number of pieces in Plateau/Mile End alleys and beyond. His impact on the local scene is also felt through the numerous collaborations and productions he put together with many fellow artists and crewmates.

Some off-Mural Festival work by Carly and Nick Gregson.

Thanks to the buzz created by the Plaza Walls event this summer, Haks managed to get this commission from a Plaza St-Hubert business, his largest solo work to date. Scroll up for more by Haks under ‘Luc Bouchard’. Haks also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti.

French artist Hobz paid us a visit during the summer and this Plaza Walls creation is one of the two major pieces he left us before heading back home.

Hobz‘s other production during his stay in Montreal also made this yearly retrospective.

HoarKor aka HRKR were the ones commissioned to redo the terrasse wall of the Foufounes Electriques during this year’s Under Pressure Festival.

Another big project this past year for HRKR was the front wall of this Plateau bar. The duo have also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti.

Hsix hit a double whammy, he was on the programme of both the Mural Festival and Under Pressure this year. This is his contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Besides contributing to this city’s two major international street art and graffiti events this year, Hsix also contributed to Plaza Walls with this much noticed piece.

The front wall of this Plateau bookstore was redone by Hsix this past year.

One of the bigger walls of the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (character on the left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top letters), all tied together by Monk.e. Scroll down for more by Monk.e and Sermob under ‘Monk.e’, and more Sermob under his own name.

Here is Klone Yourself‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (animals) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Gawd’. The two also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art.

Kevin Ledo was commissioned to produce this beautiful tall mural on Décarie as a tribute to someone’s deceased dog. The small piece at the base is an older one by John Kaye.

This is Kevin Ledo‘s tribute to local comedian/actress Janine Sutto. The mural was commissioned by Mu and is found in Centre-Sud.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls this autumn was to witness the creation of this beautiful mural by El Mac.

Mateo‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

This is Mateo on the side wall of a church in Petite-Patrie. Mateo also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art.

A brilliant mural piece by MC Baldassari in a Plateau alley.

(Two photos above) MC Baldassari (top photo) and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine (bottom photo) set of garage doors in the Plateau.

Meggs‘ sponsored wall for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Some great work by Monk.e on the tin-covered side of a garage at Plaza Walls. More Monk.e can be found in the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti post, under ‘Ashop’.

(Three photos above) Monk.e was commissioned to embellish a number of city park containers this summer. This one stands out of the lot, in huge part because of the striking feline stare on its front (top photo). The two other shots are views of the sides and back.

Monk.e hosted Mexican artist Sermob for a few months during the summer and together they gave this K6A wall in Hochelaga its annual makeover. Scroll up for more by these two under ‘Hsix’. Monk.e is also featured in a collaboration with Tibuton further down this list.

This is Mono Sourcil on the side of a Plateau café. Mono Sourcil also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art.

Mono Sourcil in a Plateau End alley which was completely taken over this past summer under the supervision of Germdee. Visible in the background is a piece by Wzrds Gng.

Portrait of Gaston Miron by Omen on a wall of a Montreal Nord school. Bottom part is preemptive damage control by the artist himself.

This striking Julian Palma mural was commissioned by Mu for the 35th anniversary of the Montreal Alzheimer’s Society.

Another one of the big international names on the programme of the 2016 edition of Mural Festival was Pantone‘s.

Mural in Petite-Patrie by La Parade (MngeLeKrak / Ludo Mio)

An eerie one from the mind of Alex Produkt.

This is a brilliant collaboration between Rouks (woman) and Lapin (head dress) for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. 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 (bottom feather). Also visible in this shot are pieces by Sirvis (above) and Cole (bottom right).

SBU One in Petite-Patrie.

SBU One in the Plateau. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art.

One of the highlights of Plaza Walls is this huge mural by Sen2 Figueroa which was created in parallel to a show of his work at the Art Gang gallery.

Sermob and Naimo collaboration in the Plateau. More by Sermob above under ‘Hsix’ and ‘Monk.e’. Naimo has also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti.

Skor proved this year that he is more than just a brilliant writer. His first figurative piece (other than cartoon characters with his graffiti burners) is this impressive portrait of his grandfather on the anniversary of his passing away. Check out the full piece including letters by himself and crewmate Narc. Skor also has four entries in the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti.

Stela on a Rosemont wall.

Tava in Griffintown for the Montreal Heart Institute.

This tribute to the Goonies movie by Tchekon struck a nostalgic nerve with a lot of people this past summer.

(Two photos above) These two pieces by Tchug are part of a Hochelaga mural with Zek and Stare (check out the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti for the parts of the latter two writers).

Tchug in Rosemont.

Tchug’s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (background) truck side collaboration. Scroll up for more by Monk.e under his name and under ‘Hsix’.

Tiburón‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

(Three photos above) Three entomological pieces by Tone. Click on images to zoom in and appreciate all the intricate details of the wings.

Turf One is one of the artists who took the brush and spraycan this past year in protest against the city’s ban on pitbulls and other related breeds. This huge mural was done for Plaza Walls.

Here’s another protest piece by Turf One, this one commissioned by the SPCA who were also against the city’s cruel pitbull by-law.

Turtle Caps on a Plateau alley garage door.

The production of the year (excluding festival-related ones) is without a doubt the one curated by Waxhead and Cryote on the wall of a Plateau End youth center. This shot shows one of the production’s three walls, it brings together Waxhead (2 cats, foliage), Cryote (pink dog and blue dog head), Peru143 (yellow letters), Meor (beneath pink dog), Gets (green letters), Pound Puppy (dog bottom right) and Mole Patrol (bottom left). Scroll up for more by Waxhead and Cryote under the latter artist’s name. Meor has also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti.

Waxhead on a sliding door at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Waxhead on a Plateau door. Waxhead also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art.

XRAY‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. XRAY also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 pasted street art.

Zek in Montreal West. Zek has obviously also made it into the Retrospective of 2016 graffiti.

Cabot x Gilmore MPC Papers walls

The 4 walls of the MPC Papers industrial building on the corner of Cabot and Gilmore in the Southwest are sometimes referred to as being legal graffiti walls, but they are not. These walls have been used in the past in the context of various graffiti festivals such as Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock and are not really for anyone to do their thing. This explains why the pieces here are often quite big in size and they are usually by big names in the local and international graffiti scene.

The photo gallery below shows works created over the years 2013-2016. The spot was in April 2017 the site of an event unofficially titled Scan You Rock, celebrating the work of Scaner, one of Montreal’s best and most respected writers. The pieces created during the latter event are presented in this Scan You Rock post. In September 2018 a huge 100-artist tribute to Scaner was done on the Cabot wall, see all those photos here.

Les 4 murs de l’édifice industriel logeant Les Papiers MPC, situé au coin des rues Cabot et Gilmore dans le sud-ouest de la ville, sont parfois appelés ‘murs légaux’ mais ils ne le sont pas. Ces murs ont par le passé été utilisés dans le cadre de divers festivals du graffiti tels que Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock et ne sont pas vraiment offerts aux graffeurs qui veulent venir y exercer leur art. Ceci explique pourquoi les pièces qui y sont produites sont souvent de très grande taille et par de grands noms des scènes locale et internationale du graffiti.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous présente les pièces qui y ont été créées de 2013 à 2016. En avril 2017 le site a été choisi pour l’événement Scan You Rock célébrant Scaner, un des meilleurs et des plus respectés artistes graffitis de Montréal. Les pièces créées au cours de cet événement sont présentées dans un article consacré entièrement à Scan You Rock. En septembre 2018 une immense murale hommage à Scaner impliquant une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes a été créée sur le mur Cabot. Toutes les photos se trouvent ici.


general view

General view. Click to enlarge, then click ‘view full size’ in bottom right corner to view larger.

Artists at work in the summer of 2014.


Cabot side

Sen2 (top), AG Crew (bottom left) and Geser (bottom right)

Bacon (left) and Scaner (right)

Scaner (left) and Kemr (right)

Sewk (left) and Brong (right)

Omen (left) and unknown artist (over door and right)

Tchug (left), Dfek (top right) and Timer (bottom right).

Royal Kingbee

Rubin (top) and Deem One (bottom)

Sen2 (top left), Logek (bottom left) and Hsix (right).

Maniak (top left), Zek (bottom left), Axe and Fluke for K6A and Ashop (right)


Gilmore side

K6A portion of the building, featuring Serak (top), Fleo (middle) and Dodo Osé (bottom).

Earth Crusher

AG Crew

The 2018 edition of the above wall by the AG Crew.

123Klan‘s Scien (left) and Klor (right).

Unidentified artist.

Lith and Fezat from the Crazy Apes.

Guko

Oreks at the top and Some at the bottom.

Soma (top), Beast (middle) and tribute to Dock (bottom).


side and back walls

The side and back walls are covered in more unofficial work.

Les murs latéraux et de derrière sont recouvert d’oeuvres moins officielles.

Jaber

Fonki

Art Gang‘s Snipe and Senck.

Axe (left), Smak (bottom right) and what’s left of Pito (top).

AG Crew

Serak (top) and Sewk (bottom).

Unidentified artist.

Zonek on truck, Senck and the bottom, Sore at the top edge of building. Other writers are unidentified. Photo © Guillaume Couture.

AG Crew on truck, Sore at the top edge of building.

Unidentified artist (bottom left), Jaber (bottom right) and someone from the KP10s (top).

Senk (bottom right), Snipes (partial on the left) and unidentified artists.

Otak

Unidentified artist.


nearby on Eadie

3-wall mural by ThaPhlash on Eadie (only first two walls visible in this shot, see below).

3-wall mural by ThaPhlash on Eadie (only last two walls visible in this shot, see above).

Top 10 graffiti, top 10 stickers, top 5 other of 2014

This is part four of Wall2WallMTL’s Top 100 Montreal street art of 2014, featuring the top 10 graffiti, top 10 stickers and the top 5 pieces that couldn’t be listed in any other category. See also:
part 1: top 25 big murals of 2014
part 2: top 25 small painted pieces of 2014
part 3: top 25 pasted pieces of 2014

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry.

Voici le top 10 des graffitis, le top 10 des stickers et le top 5 des oeuvres inclassifiables de 2014 à Montréal. Voir aussi:
1ère partie: top 25 des grandes murales de 2014
2ième partie: top 25 des petites pièces peintes de 2014
3ième partie: top 25 des oeuvres collées de 2014

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée.


Top 10 graffiti

Unlike other categories in this Top 100, this one does not strictly feature my ultimate faves of the year. A lot of the graffiti I love I never had a chance to photograph before it disappeared. I also decided not to include in this list graffiti featured in the context of the Under Pressure festival because then the top 10 would almost just be filled with that. So here’s the top 10 one-off Montreal graffiti that I was able to photograph.

Contrairement aux autres catégories de ce Top 100, celle-ci n’inclut pas nécessairement mes graffitis préférés de l’année. Je n’ai pas eu la chance de photographier toutes les pièces que j’aime avant qu’elles ne disparaissent. J’ai aussi décidé de ne pas inclure dans cette liste les graffitis produits dans le contexte du festival Under Pressure parce que ceux-ci se seraient presque accaparé le top 10 au complet. En conséquence, voici donc le top 10 des graffitis uniques que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.


(from left to right) Cens, Opire, Awe, Lyfer, Five Eight and Juice Funk, plus friends, in St-Henri. Five Eight has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014.

Above 3 photos: collective work by Robe/Fore and Pask, in Plateau End.

Robe/Fore in Mile End.

Above 4 photos: big production on the Cabot x Gilmore walls, featuring Sen2, AG Crew, Geser, Bacon, Scaner, Kemr, Sewk and Brong.

Koal and Bosny on abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Above 2 photos: 123Klan (first photo) and the Crazy Apes featuring Lith and Fezat (second photo) on the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Zdey in the Plateau.

Astro on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga. Astro has also made it into the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014.

Zion and Peace in Hochelaga.

Meor in a Plateau alley.


Top 10 stickers

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry. Works are presented in random order.

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée. Les oeuvres sont présentées sans ordre précis.

Above 3 photos: Citizan (many more variations exist).

Futur Lasor Now sticker combo. This artist has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014, the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014 and the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Miss Me‘s ‘Pussylluminati’. Scroll down for more by Miss Me. This artist has also made it into the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Above 4 photos: National Zombi (many variations exist).

Above 2 photos: Shifty Cat warnings series.

Above 2 photos: Shifty Cat vs social media series.

Above 4 photos: Turtle Caps series (many many more variations exist). Turtle Caps has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014 and the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Above 3 photos: Waxhead‘s retouched retro images series.

Above 4 photos: Waxhead‘s painted sticker series (many many more variations exist). Scoll down for more by Waxhead. This artist has also made it into the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014.

Above 2 photos: WhatIsAdam aka WIA‘s new Maple Sizzurp variations. Scroll down for more by WhatIsAdam. This artist has also made it into the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.


Top 5 non-classifiables

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry. Works are presented in random order.

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée. Les oeuvres sont présentées sans ordre précis.

Cam for Decolonizing Street Art.

Mathieu Connery installation on the corner of St-Christophe and Marie-Anne.

Above 2 photos: fake boxing day poster ads by Miss Me. Second photo © Miss Me. Scroll up for more by Miss me.

Above 2 photos: Waxhead and Starkey on thick wooden pieces. Scroll up for more by Waxhead.

Above 2 photos: WhatIsAdam aka WIA, dressed-up garbage cans, parc Jeanne-Mance (photos © Whatisadam). Scroll up for more by WhatIsAdam.