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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.

In Rosemont.

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

Door 2 door MTL – garage edition

Last year’s post titled “Door 2 door Montreal” was a particularly popular one, so here’s a follow-up presenting some of the best garage and delivery doors in Montreal.

L’article de l’année dernière intitulé ‘Door 2 door Montreal” présentant les plus belles oeuvres de street art sur des portes de Montréal ayant été particulièrement populaire, voici une suite consacrée cette fois aux portes de garage et de livraison.


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

Les pièces sont présentées ici en ordre chronologique inverse, de la plus récente à la plus vieille.

Elfu’s part on the LTG wall for the Canettes de Ruelle block party.

Eskro and Resok doing the name of their crew YU8 for the Canettes de Ruelle production.

Nikki Küntzle for the Canettes de Ruelle alley production in Rosemont.

Adida Fallen Angel in a Rosemont alley.

Raphael Dairon for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration between Tava and Bishop in Little Italy.

Germ Dee in a Plateau alley.

Peru143 in a Plateau alley.

Waxhead and Cryote collaboration in Hochelaga.

Maliciouz in Mile End.

By an unidentified artist in Mile End.

Labrona in the Plateau.

Maliciouz in the Plateau.

SBU One in Hochelaga.

An unidentified artist in a Hochelaga alley.

Germ Dee at Plaza Walls.

Mngelekrak and Epos on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Fokus in Hochelaga.

Haks in Mile-Ex.

Jest and Sloast collaboration in a Plateau alley.

Mono Sourcil for the Gatos Callejeros production in a Rosemont alley.

Jee tribute to Leonard Cohen in Mile End

SBU One in Rosemont.

Ms Teri on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Kevin Ledo in a Plateau alley.

Stela on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Maliciouz in the Plateau.

Hater in a central graffiti alley.

Fokus on the garage door of a park building in the Nouveau Rosemont.

Fokus, Gaulois and Boporc on a set of garage doors in Hochelaga.

Keos in a Plateau alley.

Nixon (top) and Sober (ground level) for the Scan You Rock jam.

Germ Dee in a Plateau back alley.

Koal on a delivery door in Mile Ex.

Wuna in a Plateau alley.

Unidentified artist at Plaza Walls.

Bosny in Plateau End.

Wheatpaste over painted door by Dial M for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Legal (letters) and Jmoe (character) in Monkland Village.

Ms Teri in Monkland Village.

Dodo Osé in Hochelaga.

Pask in industrial Rosemont.

Germ Dee in a Plateau alley.

Naimo’s contribution to a K6A wall in St-Henri.

Mad Rats Gaulois and Boporc on a set of garage doors in Ville-Marie.

Monk.e in the Plateau.

MC Baldassari and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine collaboration in the Plateau, part 1/2.

MC Baldassari and Hot Sluts’n’Poutine collaboration in the Plateau, part 2/2.

Omen

SBU One

Turtle Caps in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Also visible around are older pieces by Waxhead (left), Sake (top) and Peru143/Wastoids (right).

Raes in Mile End.

123Klan in the fashion district.

Five Eight (letters) and Earth Crusher (character) in the Plateau.

Turtle Caps in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Maliciouz in Mile End.

Shane Watt in Petite-Patrie

Cryote modified this garage door in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet when he repaired it post-vandalism. Scroll down for original.

Kevin Ledo in the Plateau.

Futur Lasor Now in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Skam in Petite-Patrie.

Tava and Detto in Little Italy.

Cryote, at the time in the Wzrds Gng, in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (felines).

Monk.e in the Plateau.

Monk.e for K6A in St-Henri.

Unidentified artist for K6A in St-Henri.

Mono Sourcil in the Plateau.

El Moot Moot (left) and Waxhead (right) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

El Moot Moot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Riode in an abandoned industrial building.

Tava in Little Italy.

MSHL in St-Henri.

Zoids in St-Henri.

Unidentified artist in Plateau-End.

Koal and Snob on the delivery door of an abandoned warehouse.

MC Baldassari for En Masse in an alley off de Castelnau.

Waxhead over background by Mastrocola, on St-Dominique.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Omen (main image) and Kashink (bottom corners) on the George General d’Auto Reparation.

Keos in Mile End.

Footloose Yooth Crew, left half.

Footloose Yooth Crew, right half.

Vhat in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Swaz on St-Dominique.

These garage doors in Hochelaga look like they are from Mateo‘s hand, but they are actually from a friend of his using some of his stencils.

Gawd, detail of a collaboration with Labrona (not visible in this detail) in the Cité du Multimédia.

Maddog and Namer in Hochelaga.

Unidentified artist in Mile End.

Andy Dass in Plateau/Rosemont.

Peru143 in the Plateau.

Peru143 in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Waxhead (at the time representing the Wzrds Gng) in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Le Renard Fou in upper Plateau.

Unidentified artist in Mile End.

Dfek and Zek for Trife Life in the Plateau.

David Farley in the Plateau.

Collaboration between Waxhead (beige) and Birdo (green) in the McGill ghetto.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Unidentified artist in the Plateau.

Peru143 helped by Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Fiefo in Monkland Village.

Royal Kingbee at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Bruno Smoky and Shalak, with Monk.e between doors, in Hochelaga.

Promethee Huard in Petite-Patrie.

A great piece by Omen in the Plateau.

Striker in Hochelaga.

Peru143 for En Masse on St-Laurent.

Maniak (top) and Zek (bottom) at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Stape and Fabu, Plateau.

Someone for Unc in Griffintown.

Astro in Montreal West.

Omen in the Plateau.

Omen downtown.

Birds of Montreal

I work in the field of environment so it is no surprise that some of my colleagues are bird watchers. When they return from their weekends or vacations away they tell other colleagues about the species that they got to see. They talk about the Blue-Headed This and the Wisconsin That which is rarely seen around these parts. I personally know nothing of birds. I can recognize a chicken from a crow or from an ostrich, and that’s about it. Oh, and I can recognize the male Red-Winged Blackbird because they eat cyclists in early June.

It has dawned on me that my excitement when I discover street art pieces by my favorite artists is the same as that of my colleagues when they get to see rare birds. But there’s no need for me to go to the country, my photo safari starts as I set foot into the street, in the very heart of the city.

Pieces and mural details featured in the gallery below were mostly found between 2013 and 2016. Click on any image to see in full size.

Je travaille en environnement, ce n’est donc pas une surprise que quelques uns de mes collègues soient fanatiques des oiseaux. Il reviennent de leur fin de semaine ou de leurs vacances et jasent avec d’autres collègues des espèces qu’ils ont eu la chance de voir. Ils parlent du machin-truc à tête bleue ou de la kekchose du Wisconsin qui est rarement vue à ces latitudes. Personnellement, je n’y connais rien aux oiseaux, je peux reconnaitre la poule, le corbeau et l’autruche… et aussi le carouge à épaulettes mâle parce que ça mange du cycliste en début de juin.

J’ai réalisé que mon excitation lors de la découverte de street art par mes artistes préférés est la même que celle de mes collègues pour les oiseaux. Par contre, nul besoin pour moi d’aller à la campagne, mon safari photo commence dès que je mets les pieds dehors, au coeur même de la ville.

Les pièces et détails de murales de la gallerie-photo ci-dessous ont été en grand majorité trouvés entre 2013 et 2016. Cliquez sur les images pour voir en grand format.


Futur Lasor Now

From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Futur Lasor Now‘s Lasor Bird species has been spotted on hundreds of stickers, sometimes on pasted paper, and even in graffiti or painted on a wall. It is often armed but does not seem to be a threat to humans. It is somehow related to Patch the Lasor Dog, but the two species are rarely spotted in the same ecosystem. However the Turtle Caps species is often found in the same environment as the Lasor Bird.
L’espèce Lasor Bird de Futur Lasor Now est généralement aperçue sur des centaines d’autocollants, parfois sur des affiches collées, et même en graffiti ou peinte sur un mur. Elle est souvent armée, mais ne semble pas être une menace pour l’humain. Elle est bizarrement apparentée à Patch (un Lasor Dog), mais les deux espèces sont rarement aperçues dans les mêmes écosystèmes. Par contre on observe souvent l’espèce de tortue Turtle Caps à proximité du Lasor Bird.


Listen

Another species often glimpsed in Montreal is the Listen Bird. It supposedly originates from the Edmonton area, but it has been spotted in many places in Canada and the USA and is very common around Montreal. We love it in colours with a speech bubble containing some sort of philosophical message, but also bubble-less in graffiti, tag or on a sticker.
Une autre espèce souvent apercue à Montréal est l’oiseau de Listen. Il parait que cette espèce vient de la région d’Edmonton, mais elle a été apercue ailleurs au Canada et aux Etats-Unis et est très commune dans la région montréalaise. On l’aime en couleur avec une bulle portant un message plus ou moins philosophique, mais on l’apprécie aussi en graffiti, en tag et sur des stickers.


ROC514

The ROC514 bird is rather small, round and very cute. It is very common around Montreal and has been seen in just about every possible colour. The natural environment of the smaller specimens of this species is the sticker, while the larger ones are usually spotted on pasted paper or painted/drawn on a wall or door corner.
L’oiseau de ROC514 est plutôt petit, rondelet et très cute. Il est extrêmement répandu à Montréal. Il existe aussi en plusieurs couleurs. L’environnement naturel des plus petits individus de cette espèce est le sticker, tandis que les plus gros specimens s’observent habituellement sur du papier collé ou peints/dessinés sur un coin de mur ou de porte.


Other species / autres espèces

Many other species have been glimpsed around Montreal, but they are much less common than the ones above. Indigenous and exotics varieties can be viewed in the image gallery below.

D’autres espèces sont aperçues à l’occasion, mais elles ne sont pas aussi communes que les trois précédentes. Des variétés indigènes et exotiques sont présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous.

Peru143 at Lhasa de Sela park

Clandestinos (Shalak and Bruno Smoky) in Petite-Patrie for the Tandem program of that borough.

123Klan contribution to the 2014 edition of Mural Festival. Incidentally, this mural was replaced with another bird mural (see next) for the following edition of the festival.

Melissa Del Pinto for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. Incidentally, this mural replaced an earlier one by 123Klan (above in this gallery) also featuring a bird.

Zema in Petite-Patrie.

Zema in a Plateau park.

Zek in a Plateau back alley

Carlito Dalceggio in Rosemont (detail).

Arpi on one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

Fore

Nychos for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Detail of a mural by Labrona and Gawd. The bird is by Labrona.

Zen in alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Two of Labrona‘s columns outside Jarry metro station.

Detail of a mural by Axe (contribution not shown) and Monk.e.

Monk.e on a container in Mile End.

Monk.e on side of the above container.

Monk.e in the Plateau.

Detail of mural on Hotel de Ville by Shalak of Clandestinos.

Cens and Snikr in a delivery entrance on the Plateau. The door also shows a bird, this one by Labrona.

HoarKor aka HRKR in a delivery entrance on the Plateau.

Zek in NDG, detail of a longer wall.

Unidentified artist on a K6A wall in the Old Port.

Piece by Max from the YMCA crew.

Max, spelling out the letters of his YMCA crew.

Max, spelling out the letters of his YMCA crew.

Ashop in Rosemont.

Detail of an Art Du Commun mural on Laurier.

Detail of mural by Fanny Aishaa in Rosemont.

Detail of mural by unidentified artist in Pointe St-Charles.

Detail of a Bruno Smoky piece in the Plateau.

Detail of Ashop (featuring Dodo Osé, File, Zek, Fluke) mural on Napoleon.

Veak in alley off Bélanger.

Detail of mural by Astro near Duluth.

Detail of larger mural by Arose.

Detail of larger mural by Arose.

Detail of a mural by Chris Bose / Kyoti for Decolonizing Street Art.

Detail of a mural by Nese/Nessie.

Unidentified artist.

Detail by Ms Teri of a mural done for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Detail of mural by Ashop‘s Dré and Fleo.

Unidentified artist.

Futur Lasor Now (top centre), Sam Kaston and friends.

Lily Luciole wheatpaste (left)

You Go Girl wheatpaste.

Stencil by an unidentified artist.

Stencil by an unidentified artist.

Trife Life on garage door

Bubz in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

DMT aka DIEMTI aka IMVGINVTI.

Il Flatcha paste-up.

Sticker by WhatIsAdam.

Sticker by Rage5.

Sticker by Bezoman.

Sticker by Avive.

Sticker by Ether.

Three mini-stickers by the same unidentified artist.

Drawing signed LS.