This image gallery brings together 100 pieces of Montreal street art from 2020 that were created in a studio, then pasted, glued, screwed in or cemented into a public place. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.
The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per person. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.
Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de street art produites en 2020 à Montréal, créées en studio avant d’être collées, vissées ou fixées dans le ciment dans un endroit public. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2020 pourraient ne pas y figurer.
Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques artistes populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes ne comptent que pour une entrée.
Adi. Adi. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Laurence Bélanger. Laurence Bélanger. Bodegas. Bodegas. Bubzee and Kali Spitzer. Bubzee. Bubzee and Sage Novak. Bubzee and Sage Novak. Cam. Similar variations in different colours have also been found. Black Lives Matter posters put up by Maya Cardin. Cess Pool. Nivanh Chanthara hit the streets of Montreal for the first time near the end of the year and managed to paste between 15 and 20 pieces in the year’s final few weeks. Nivanh Chanthara. Nivanh Chanthara. Nivanh Chanthara. CSRK. Found in Mile End. CSRK found in Petite-Patrie. CSRK inspired by the Covid19 pandemic. Flavor. Laurent Gascon has been coming up with a new broken tile mosaics honouring a local artist every year since 2009. This 2020 mural, his 13th, features Renée Claude, a québécoise singer who passed away from Covid19 in May. Huile d’Olive pasted these posters from the very beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, they were the very first pieces of public art addressing the subject. The posters were made in French or English, in a variation of colours. Huile d’Olive has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Irritated Eye wheatpaste that appeared on St-Laurent shortly after the death of George Floyd, when the subject of police brutality inspired many artists to create. Junko installed around Mile End a handful of impressive large pieces made of reclaimed materials during the final weeks of the year. Check the latter link for more photos. Junko made from reclaimed materials. Again, have a look at the latter link for more angles. Know Self wheatpastes coloured on location. These were found in a Mile End alley. The bottom piece was added to the top one after a few weeks. Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, colour added on location. Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, painted on location. Kyoto Coyote. Labrona was very active during the first part of the year. This is one of many pasted pieces I found over 2020. Labrona, this one from a series inspired by Picasso. Labrona has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. LMNOPI. LMNOPI titled “Water Is Life”. LMNOPI titled “Land Back”. Lost Claws put up in April was very likely inspired by the Covid19 pandemic (Six Feet Away / Six Feet Under). Lost Claws taking a dig at a street artist whose work is found right next to it (one corner is visible in this shot). Lost Claws to his cat which had just passed away. Lost Claws. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Covid19 pandemic, Louis Letters decided to take the 36 Days Of Type challenge outside. The 36 Days Of Type Challenge invites designers and graphic artists to create their own versions of the letters A to Z then the numbers 0 to 9. The creations are usually posted on Instagram, but Louis Letters had the great idea of bringing his creations to the street, photograph them in situ and then post them. The photos above show the letters N,O, R, T, U, V, W and X. Black Lives Matter poster by Louis Letters. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti. Madame Gilles. Madame Gilles. Maika. Maika. Makenoize in a Plateau alley. Marine Martinelli put up at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Marine has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Mirov on a Plateau alley garage door. Miss Me wheatpaste in a Rosemont alley. Miss Me in Mile End. Missprints paste-up put up when the subject of police brutality was trending. M’Os Geez wheatpaste. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Fay Nix in Hochelaga. Fay Nix in Hochelaga. le Pleurnicheur. le Pleurnicheur. le Pleurnicheur. Rage5 found downtown. Rage5 found in the Old Port. Rage5 found on a boarded up Plateau house. SciWalkArt. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Shame. Shame. Shelley Miller inspired by the first wave of the Covid19 pandemic. The colours each represent a different Montreal borough (in percentage of cases), and each column represents a day, for 50 days. It therefore shows how in the early days of the pandemic (left of the piece), the relative evolution of boroughs was quite different, but after 35 days (right of the piece), everything seemed to stabilize. More info from the artist’s account via the above link. Shifty Cat posters put up near the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic. Sinister Kid and Sloast. Sloast in the McGill Ghetto. Stay Beautiful. Stay Beautiful. Stikki Peaches from a run of wheatpastes in June. Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Malcolm X found in Ahuntsic. Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Martin Luther King found in Ahuntsic. Suriani found in Mile Ex. Suriani in Mile Ex. Swarm spotted in Mile End. Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End. T.B.O.N.S. put up a series of small paste-ups around the Plateau and Mile End. These paste-ups often come as sets, such as the ones shown here. T.B.O.N.S. T.B.O.N.S. could have made this retrospective. Toxic hijacking a cinema poster. Toxic found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Tshoko, variations exist. Tshoko in 2020. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Waxhead found in Mile End. Waxhead found in Mile End. Covid19 stickers by Waxhead, found in 4 different colours. Waxhead has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art. Benny Wilding treated us to a few new fake business signs in 2020, here’s one of them. Benny Wilding. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’). Zola. She had initially contributed a painted anti-police brutality piece on this garage door for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle (still partially visible – click on her name above to view original). Unfortunately, someone who clearly disapproved of her message vandalised the door with black paint, calling her a cretin in the process. She cleverly flipped the topic back by adding the pasted policeman. Socio-political street art at its best! Zola immortalised the moment with this poster. Zola found in Rosemont. Zola found in the Plateau/Rosemont. Black Lives Matter chapter.