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Zek

Zek is an institution in both the Montreal graffiti and street art scenes. He started doing graffiti in 1993 and eventually moved on to figurative art. Being decicated to his work and immensely talented in both art forms, he gradually forged his way into the Montreal urban art hall of fame, respected by his fellow writers for his style and loved by fans of street art for the photorealism of his figurative work.

Zek is one of the few writers/artists of his generation still very active. It is no surprise that he has helped shape and define the Montreal scene, having been cited as an influence by so many writers and artists who came after him. He is very involved with Ashop, not just as an artist but also as a project supervisor. He also collaborates with other artists on multi-writer graffiti murals and does a lot of solo work as well.

For more on this internationally renowned Montreal pillar, check out Zekone.com and Zek’s Instagram. His collaborative work with other Ashop artists can be seen on Ashop webpage.

Zek est une institution des scènes de graffiti et de street art à Montréal. Il a découvert le graffiti en 1993 et ceci l’a éventuellement mené à l’art mural figuratif. Grâce à son talent et sa persévérance il a graduellement pris sa place au temple de la renommée de l’art urbain montréalais. Il est respecté par ses pairs du milieu du graffiti pour son style, et admiré des amateurs de street art pour le photoréalisme de son art figuratif.

Zek est un des quelques artistes de sa génération qui sont toujours actifs. Ayant été cité comme une influence par de nombreux graffeurs qui l’ont suivi, il a contribué à façonner la scène et le style montréalais. Il fait partie du collectif Ashop, non seulement en tant qu’artiste mais aussi comme directeur de projets. Il collabore souvent à des murales multi-artistes et travaille aussi à l’occasion en solo.

Pour plus d’information sur ce pilier montréalais de réputation internationale, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à Zekone.com et Instagram. Ses collaborations avec le collectif Ashop se trouvent dans les galleries-photos du site web d’Ashop.


figurative work, solo

In a park in Ville St-Laurent. Only one side shown here, scroll down for more.

In a park in Ville St-Laurent. Only one side shown here, scroll up and down for more.

In a park in Ville St-Laurent. Only one side shown here, scroll up and down for more.

In a park in Ville St-Laurent. Only one side shown here, scroll up and down for more.

In a park in Ville St-Laurent. Only one side shown here, scroll up for more.

Beautiful piece in Monkland village.

Figurative/letter mix in Montreal West.

Another figurative/letter combo, this one downtown.

Zek’s half of a wall also featuring Hsix (not pictured) in Montreal West.

On one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Plateau back alley.

In Montreal West.

This one of three trackside murals in NDG by Ashop was done by Zek.


figurative work, with collaborators

This iconic and internationally renowned Montreal mural by Ashop features Fluke, Axe, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

Ashop‘s contribution to the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Axe, Zek, Apashe and Fluke.

Ashop‘s long wall, by Fluke, Zek, Dodo Osé and Ankh One, at Wynwood Walls for the 2018 edition of Art Basel. See below for close-up.

Close-up on Ashop‘s long wall, by Fluke, Zek, Dodo Osé and Ankh One, at Wynwood Walls for the 2018 edition of Art Basel.

Ashop mural in the Plateau featuring Dodo Osé, Phile, Zek and Fluke.

Tribute mural to Bad News Brown by Ashop featuring Saer, Fluke and Zek.

Ashop mural in Hochelaga featuring Zek and Dodo Osé.

Ashop mural in Côte des Neiges featuring Dré, Dodo Osé and Zek.

Zek and Dodo Osé for Ashop in Ahuntsic.

This Ashop mural for the Mercier library features Zek, Dodo Osé and Ankh One. Photo © Ashop.

This Ashop wall on a Verdun high school was designed and created by Zek, with Monk.e as an assistant.

This Trife Life / Dfek garage door features Zek.

Ashop mural designed by Fluke and done by Zek and Benny Wilding.

Zek, Simo, Fuser and Swarm in the Plateau.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 1/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 2/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 3/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 4/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 5/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 6/7.

Zek and Fleo in NDG, detail 7/7.

Zek and Hsix in NDG, complete wall. See details below.

Detail #1 of the Zek and Hsix wall in NDG shown above.

Detail #2 of the Zek and Hsix wall in NDG shown above.

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

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

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

Zek, Dodo Osé, Ankh One for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami (1/2).

Zek, Dodo Osé, Ankh One for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami (2/2).

Rouks on main characters, with Zek on background, for Ashop. This was done for a family get together, and the people who attended filled in the silhouette figures at the bottom with their own art.

A collaboration with Striker in St-Michel, presumably from the early 2000s.


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.

Zek guesting on the K6A crew wall for the 2019 edition of Under Pressure.

On a multi-artist wall in Hochelaga.

Contribution to the tribute wall to Scan done for the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

In Côte St-Paul.

In Wynwood, Miami, during the 2018 edition of Art Basel.

In Wynwood, Miami, during the 2018 edition of Art Basel.

In Hochelaga.

From a K6A and friends production in St-Henri.

This detail of the Scan You Rock tribute wall to Scaner shows Zek’s part. Click on the latter link to view the complete wall.

For the Surfaces outside artshow.

In Hochelaga.

In upper Plateau.

In Hochelaga; this piece was designed by Geser.

From a long tribute wall to Scaner also involving Stare and Benny Wilding.

From the same long tribute wall to Scaner as above, this is Stare and Zek doing Scan’s name.

Zek’s part in the Time Is Gold production.

In a Plateau alley.

For a block party in Mile End.

From a K6A and friends production in St-Henri.

With Axe, Awe and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

From the Scan You Rock mega-jam in the South West.

In upper Plateau.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Zek’s final piece of 2016, at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right) on the Ashop wall in Hochelaga.

From a Hochelaga production also featuring Trace and Monk.e (not in photo).

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

On truck side for the 2016 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. The back is by Zek with Shadow who did the opposite side of this truck.

From Ashop‘s Chemin Vert block party in Mile-End.

The 123Klan contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features guests Mark Esprit (top left) and Zek (top right).

With Fluke on the right at Plaza Walls.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek from a Hochelaga production also featuring Tchug (right) and Stare (not in photo).

Zek’s part in a 123Klan production in Plateau End.

In an alley prior to the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

In Rosemont.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

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

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

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

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

On a park’s garbage bin.

Doing Ashop‘s name on a park’s garbage bin.

On a Plaza St-Hubert roof.

In a Plateau alley.

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

In the Plateau.

In a Rosemont alley.

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

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

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

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

Near TMR.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In Pointe St-Charles.

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

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

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

In Centre-Sud.

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

On truck side.

Opposite side to the above also presumably by Zek.

In Montreal West.

In Montreal West.

On a multi-artist Plateau wall.

In Monkland Village.

Near TMR.

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

Detail of a multi-artist wall in NDG.

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

Zek (left letters) and Hsix in Hochelaga.

Zek (left letters) and Hsix in NDG.

In an abandoned building in Dorval

Detail of an old wall in NDG.

Detail of an old wall in the Plateau.

In Monkland Village.

Zek, Stack and Dfek in the Plateau.

Stack (top) and Zek (right) in the Plateau.

Detail of an old NDG wall.

Scaner and Zek on a Décarie rooftop.

On trackside rooftop in Rosemont/Hochelaga.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

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

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

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

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

Detail of a long mural in Centre-Sud.

Detail of a multi-artist mural in Hochelaga.

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


throws and tags

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


other

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

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


stickers

Transco – offices, roof and exterior

This post features all graffiti pieces done in the abandoned Transco’s offices, on its roof and exterior walls.

See also:

Cet article présente les pièces de graffiti faites dans les bureaux du complexe abandonné de la Transco, sur ses toits ainsi que sur ses murs extérieurs.

Voir aussi:


the offices / les bureaux

Opire

Lyfer

Bosny

Bosny

Debza

Algue

Algue

Algue

Rizek

Rizek

Neak

Neak and Bwet.

Bwet

Home

Home

Maek

Vest

Amigo

Resok


the roofs / les toits

Shok

Tuna

Tuna

Shok

Skor

Narc

Narc

Aero

Kemt

Shok

Skor

Skor throw.

Snok

Snok

Snok

Snok

Someone(s) representing the 203 crew.

Flying Eric (left) and Algue (right)

Scaner

Scaner

Eskae

Hoacs

Hoacs

Looter

Zek

Zek

Zek flops and tag.

Zek flop.

Jaber

Simo

Simo

Simo tags

Swarm

Hollows by Swarm and Fuser.

Fuser

Haks

Aloke

Debza

Crops

Wase

KC Neuf

KC Neuf

KC Neuf

Resok

Rizek

Rest

Neak

Neak

Sapo

Noce

Inuit

unidentified artist


the exterior walls / les murs extérieurs

Snok

Snok outline

Snok outline

Shok

Block

Venise

Listen

This old Stikki Peaches wheatpaste was put up before any writer had even made it inside the Transco complex.

Transco – other (small rooms, corridors, etc)

This post features all graffiti pieces done in the abandoned Transco’s smaller rooms, corridors, delivery spaces, etc.

See also:

Cet article présente les pièces de graffiti faites dans les petites pièces, corridors, espaces de livraison, etc, du complexe abandonné de la Transco.

Voir aussi:


the 203 / Pask / Bosny room

This room off the main corridor is a rather dark one with a second floor mezzanine where most of these pieces were found.

Cette pièce plutôt sombre accessible à partir du corridor principal inclut une mezzanine où se trouvent la plupart des pièces de graffiti montrées ici.

Pask

Bosny

Lyfer

Pask

Bosny

Bosny

Ekes

Algue

War

Blek


the POM / RCD / SIK room

This room off the main corridor is in fact a bunch of smaller inter-connected rooms over two and a half floors.

Cette pièce accessible du corridor principal est en fait un ensemble de petites pièces inter-connectées se trouvant sur deux étages et demi.

Aces (right) and EK Sept (top of the stairs)

Mask

Snok

Skorup the stairs backwards.

Shok

Arek

Narc

Hater

Someone representing Unc.

Scribe in one of the small rooms.

Scribe on an old fridge found in the same room where the piece above was done.

Haxan in another small room.

Elfu

War went over the Elfu piece above.

Aces at the back of a dark backroom.

EK Sept

Meor

Fokus


the old front room

Snok. This was soon after covered by the Simo and Fiuser pieces shown below, until Snok reclaimed the spot again with his piece shown further down this gallery.

Getsa

Tulip

Nesar

Pito

Kist

Dolar

Simo

Fuser

Swarm

Snok reclaiming his spot taken by Simo and Fiuser above.

Beaf

Mask


the 203 ballroom

This rather small room with a red carpet may have just been an entrance hall. The carpet seems to have inspired Algue and his mates to come up with this festive theme.

Cette petite pièce avec tapis rouge était probablement un hall d’entrée. Le tapis semble avoir inspiré Algue et les autres à y donner un coté festif.

Algue representing the 203 crew.

Naimo

Ekes

Lyfer


the piano room

This room, which featured very little graffiti, was particularly loved by urbex photographers because of the unexpected presence of an old piano.

Cette pièce, où l’on ne trouvait que très peu de graffiti, était très prisée par les photographes d’urbex à cause de la présence inattendue d’un vieux piano.

Snok

Beo, War and Arcel.

unidentified artist

Tagged piano; tags include Nock for RCD, Rizek, Resok, Meth.


the machinery room

This was a large room, but most of it was rather dark and offered very little wall space good enough for graffiti. Some of material shown below was actually found inside small adjoining rooms.

Cette pièce était plutôt grande mais peu lumineuse et n’offrait que très peu d’espace intéressant pour y faire du graffiti. Certaines des oeuvres montrées dans cette section ont en fait été trouvées dans de petites pièces attenantes.

Shok (left) and Tuna (right).

Fokus

Serum

EK Sept

Wesh (letters) and le Renard Fou (characters) in a small adjoining room.

SBU One in a small adjoining room.

SBU One in a small adjoining room.

SBU One in a small adjoining room.

Jmoe

Jmoe’s Phantom Cat.


the mint green room

This small room was one of the more obscure ones, in terms of light as well as in terms of accessibility.

Cette petite pièce était une des plus obscures, autant en ce qui concerne la lumière que son accessibilité.

Lyfer

Naimo

Ekes

Resok

Oster


corridors

Lyfer, with the Ekes one below as a companion piece.

Ekes, with the Lyfer one above as a companion piece.

Ekes

Jmoe

Koes

Algue representing the 203 crew. Also visible on the right is a tag by Yema.

Algue

KC Neuf

Arek done at a very advanced stage of demolition.

Snok

Yema


Janek’s backroom

This room was only accessible from the outside and wasn’t visited by graffers and photographers until late winter when the demolition teams made a hole in a wall of the orange room (in the middle of Janek’s piece, hence the name I found for this section) to access it from the inside.

Cette pièce était inaccessible autrement que par l’extérieur et est demeurée inconnue des graffeurs et photographes jusqu’à la fin de l’hiver quand les équipes de démolition ont créé une ouverture dans un mur de la pièce orange (dans le milieu de l’oeuvre de Janek) pour y accéder de l’intérieur.

Getsa

War

Sapo

Actor

Etos in red and Actor in grey. Partly visible on the right is the hole that finally made it possible to explore this room.

Two hollows by Getsa.


other

This section brings together whatever doesn’t fit elsewhere: small rooms with only 1 or 2 pieces, storage or delivery areas, nooks, etc.

Cette section compile tout ce qui ne pouvait être présenté dans les autres sections: petites pièces avec seulement 1 ou 2 oeuvres, espaces de rangement ou de livraison, etc.

Shok

Arek

Arek

Snok

Mask

Pask

Ekes

Wonez

Debza

Dolar

Algue

Algue representing the 203 crew. Also visible are tags by Rizek and Meth.

KC Neuf

KC Neuf

Rizek

Rizek

Someone representing the SB Crew.

Home

Neack

Neack

Claude

Sapo

Sapo

Noce

Noce

Venon

Inuit

Inuit

Censure

Maek

Jaker

Pito

Abuse (right), and presumably Weir on the left.

New graffiti December 2015

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during December 2015. Of course, even though this post is huge, it is just a fraction of what was produced in this city during that time – it is the best of what I was lucky enough to catch. If you want to see new works as soon as I photograph them, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cet article présente les meilleures pièces de graffitis produites à Montréal au cours de décembre 2015 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et photographier. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Pito from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 4 below.

Stare from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the one above and the 3 below.

Naimo from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 2 above and the 2 below.

Pask from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 3 above and the one below.

Nybar from a Christmas Eve session at the PSC legal graffiti wall with the 4 above.

Haks at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Naimo at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Naimo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall, a companion piece to the Naimo one above.

Ekes in the abandoned Transco.

Lyfer in the abandoned Transco.

Algue in the abandoned Transco.

Ms Teri in the abandoned Transco.

Ms Teri in the abandoned Transco.

Skor at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall; photo © Skor.

Skor in Ville St-Laurent.

Skor at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Shok in the abandoned Transco.

Shok and Tuna in the abandoned Transco.

Tuna representing the SIK crew at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Debza in Rosemont.

More Debza in Rosemont.

Debza in the abandoned Transco. I was honoured to discover that this one included a dedication to me.

Debza on the roof of the abandoned Transco. It was created before the snow but photographed after.

Bosny in the abandoned Transco.

Pask, found next to the Bosny one above in the abandoned Transco.

A quickie by Pask again in the abandoned Transco.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Rouks in Rosemont, a companion piece to the Wonez one below.

Wonez in Rosemont, a companion piece to the Rouks one above.

Wonez (ground) and Kube (middle) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Kwun at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo in the 203 crew ballroom inside the abandoned Transco.

Ekes in the 203 crew ballroom inside the abandoned Transco.

Lyfer in the 203 crew ballroom inside the abandoned Transco.

Korb in the abandoned Transco.

Eskro in the abandoned Transco.

Eskro in the abandoned Transco.

Eskro at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Eskro at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Eskro in the abandoned Transco.