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Retrospective of 2018 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2018. 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 3 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites en 2018 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 2018 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 3 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2018 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2018 street art collé


I never single out a piece in my yearly retrospectives, but this huge tribute to Scaner deserves a special mention. As far as I know, nothing of this scale has been done ever before. The piece is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, it features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime, and is filled with pieces by nearly 100 local and international artists. A special post is dedicated solely to this historical creation, check it out here. Zek, Stare and Axe all have solo pieces in this list, scroll down to see them. Zek and Axe are also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Above 3: 123 Klan‘s Scien, Klor and Aiik in their annual Sun Youth production.

Above 3: 123 Klann’s Scien, Klor and Aiik at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

The 123 Klan‘s Scien (letters) and Aiik (figurative part) in Rosemont.

Acek’s part in the N2N crew’s section at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Acek in an abandoned building.

The AG Crew partly redid their classic wall at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Above 2 photos: The AG Crew‘s Senck and Snipes in a Côte des Neiges alley.

Algue at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Amon (ground) in Hochelaga. Also visible above is Vazy.

Amon in Hochelaga. He was also involved in the huge CEK crew roller further down this list, scroll down to ‘CEK’.

Off-Mural piece by Pedro Amos in a graffiti alley.

Aner at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Aper under an expressway.

Arek, Shok and Sewk were the first ones to make into the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome‘s main building, one of the best graffiti hotspots of this year.

Arose in an abandoned building.

Arrow in Mercier.

Ason at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ason on a parked train car. Ason also participated in this year’s edition of Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘Snok’ below to see it.

Awe on truck for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. The background is an earlier one by Fleo with the help of Dodo Osé. The opposite side was done by Rekal, check it out below under his name.

Awe in an abandoned building. Scroll down for more by Awe under ‘Serak’, as well as under ‘K6A’ as he joined those raccoons earlier this past year.

Axe Lalime, in a production put together by Miser for his return home after having spent half a year in Montreal. Scroll up to the Scan You Rock tribute at the top of this list, as well as down under ‘Fokus’ and ‘K6A’, for more by Axe. Axe is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Above 2 shots: Beast (right) and Nor (left) in an abandoned church. Scroll down for more by Nor under his name.

Beast in an abandoned building.

Bibi Una‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. She is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Boporc‘s contribution to this year’s 123 Klan/Sun Youth prod.

Boporc in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Mad Rats’ below for more by this artist.

Bosny at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Bosny trackside.

Bros in Rosemont.

A huge CEK roller in eastern Montreal. Pieces at ground level are (from right to left) by Bhar, Boes, Jher, Rcap, Amon, Resno, Police. Amon also made this list with solo pieces, scroll up to view.

The Boro wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Cemz (top letters), Esprit (left half) and Sight (bottom right letters). Scroll down for a solo piece by Esprit.

Cemz on Ashop’s wall in Hochelaga.

Cemz in the Plateau. Cemz is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Benny Wilding’.

Truckside Colfer. The opposide side of this truck also made this list, scroll down to ‘Haks’ to view.

Colfer at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Cosy at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Crane under ‘Korb’. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art in a collaboration with ‘Royal’.

Dales behind an industrial building in the South West.

Dales in Rosemont.

Dars in a Hochelaga alley.

Deep hitching a ride out of the FMR temporary pop-up social space. I believe he was also involved in the CEK roller featured above.

Demsky (letters) and Smithe (character) at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Both artists made murals for this year’s edition of Mural Festival, check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art to view.

A great alley mural by Dfek in Mile End.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Above 2: Dfek/Enter in Rosemont.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

This unofficial cellograff by EK Sept was done in plain view of everyone during Mural Festival and remained in place for at least a week until the Festival was over.

One of many pieces by Ekes at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ekes on an abandoned warehouse in the East.

Off-Mural alley piece by Ekes. He was also involved in two 203 Crew murals featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

A fascinating piece by Eko at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Eskro going tubular at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Eskro (right), Resok (left) and Apok (top) representing YU8/TFS for the Canettes de Ruelle production. Scroll down for some solo work by Resok. There’s also more by Eskro below under ‘Myrage’.

Esprit‘s part in this year’s 123 Klan Sun Youth production. Scroll up for more by Esprit under ‘Cemz’.

Five Eight and Dré for the Estival de Canes 2018. Five Eight has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art, and Dré’s alter ego Earth Crusher has made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Fleo‘s part in the Estival de Canes 2018.

A great off-Mural collaboration of Fleo (top letters), Frank Bo (left character), Snikr (right character) and Chizo (ground letters). The Awe piece bottom right was salvaged from last year. Scroll down for more Frank Bo, Snikr and Chizo below under ‘Rekal’. Fleo, Snikr and Rekal also contributed to the K6A wall featured below under ‘K6A’. Snikr and Rekal also collaborated on a mural featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Fluke‘s part in a K6A production in the South West. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for a huge mural of his.

Fokus in an abandoned building.

Fokus in Rosemont.

Fokus (letters) and Axe Lalime (basketballers) on a wall piece announcing the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for a solo letters piece by Axe (under his name) and his collaboration on the huge Scan You Rock tribute wall at the top of this list, and down to the K6A wall for Under Pressure.

Tribute to Scaner by Fonki and Smak (and perhaps others?) under J.Shantz‘s wall for the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. Scroll down for more by Smak.

Fuser in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Mad Rats’ below for more by this artist.

Grils at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Habit in Rosemont.

Above 3: “East To West Connection” wall at the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Habit and Acro (top shot), Imp and Rask (middle shot) and Montreal’s Hoar (above). Scroll down for more by Hoar under his own name.

Truckside by Haks. Scroll up to ‘Colfer’ to view the opposite side of this truck.

A big solo wall by Haks. Haks has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Haks’ and under ‘Monk.e’.

Heks aka Macadam Monkey at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

One of two flaming chromes done by Hest in a Plateau alley in 2018.

Hest in a Laval park.

Wild Child Hest at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Hoar in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by Hoar under ‘Habit’.

A sick letter piece by Hsix beneath Mono Sourcil‘s piece at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Jaker‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

It’s always a thrill to catch some autorack piece by Jaker.

More autorack work by Jaker.

Janek‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Snok’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Johste on a parked autorack.

The huge and impossibly difficult to photograph K6A wall for the 2018 edition of Under Pressure featuring Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer. Check out the Under Pressure link above for close-ups. Scroll up and down this page for more solo and collaboration work by Monk.e, Axe, Fleo, Serak, Snikr, Royal and Rekal. Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe, Snikr, Royal and Rekal have also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Kbron in Rosemont.

Tribute to Scaner by Kbron, Micer and Fault. Scroll down for some solo work by Micer.

Keos‘ truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Meor’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Keos in a Hochelaga alley.

Killa EF‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Koal on frozen metal.

Korb and Crane‘s awesome collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by Crane under his name.

Korb at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Korb had one of the prime spots for photogenic shots at the Estival de Canes 2018. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for more by Korb.

A quick but great tribute to Scaner by Kwest, bonus material to his part on the huge Scan You Rock tribute wall at the top of this page.

Kwun‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Legal‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Legal in Rosemont.

One of many pieces by Legal on this parked autorack.

Above 2: Liza (top) and Peyo (bottom) at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for one more by Peyo.

Lobsta in an abandoned church.

Lobsta‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

A letter piece by LSNR at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for great figurative creations by this artist. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Lyfer in the Plateau. He was also involved in two 203 Crew murals featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Mad Rats Gaulois and Boporc’s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Click on the latter link for close-ups of each individual piece. Scroll up to ‘Boporc’ and ‘Gaulois’ for some solo work by each of these artists. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for some of this duo’s ‘abstract’ work.

Meor‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Keos’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Micer on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Micer in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Kbron’ for more involving Micer.

Monk.e‘s part in a K6A and friends production in the South West.

Monk.e in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Monk.e. This multi-talented artist is also heavily featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Moxe at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

A striking tribute to Scaner by Myrage and Eskro in an abandoned church. Scroll up for more by Eskro under his name.

Myrage in an abandoned building.

Naimo at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Naimo in Hochelaga. The making of this piece was filmed by Graff Funk (view here).

Naimo in a Hochelaga alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under MSHL for more by Naimo.

Narc‘s part in a SIK crew alley production. Characters are by Skor who has his own letter pieces in this list (scroll down to his name).

Nemo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Nemo has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Haks’.

Noce‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Sapoe’ to view opposite side of this truck.

Noper in the dark basement of an abandoned building.

Nor in an abandoned building in Ville St-Laurent.

Nor‘s part in a K6A production in the South West. Scroll up for more by Nor under ‘Beast’.

Nybar at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Pask at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pask, in a production put together by Miser for his return home after having spent half a year in Montreal.

Peace‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Peack at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Peyo in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Liza’ for more by this artist.

Pito and Guko in a Mile End alley. Pito also participated in this year’s edition of Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘Snok’ below to see it.

Quote‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Above 2 photos: Rekal (green letters), Frank Bo (character) and Chizo (turquoise letters) in a Plateau production curated by Snikr. Scroll up for more by Chizo and Frank Bo under ‘Fleo’. Rekal also contributed to a K6A wall featured above.

Rekal (letters) and Snikr (character) on a Ahuntsic roof. They have also made it together into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Snikr’.

Rekal‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Awe’ to view the opposite side of this truck.

Awesome letters by Resok in an abandoned building.

Resok under an overpass. Scroll up for more by Resok under ‘Eskro’.

Ribso in Rosemont.

Rizek in Rosemont

Rouks in Rosemont

Rouks at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for more by this multi-talented artist.

An impossibly hard to photograph piece by Royal at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Royal who actually joined those raccoons this year. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Ruste has had a crazy year painting in sick spots around the world, and briefly stopped in Montreal for this rooftop piece alongside the guys from SIK.

Sake and Crops lounging by the Lachine Canal.

Sank (letters) and Germdee (bootleg Ninja Turtle) at the Estival de Canes 2018. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art as well as the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Germdee.

Sapoe‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Noce’ to view opposite side of this truck.

SBU One‘s organic letters in Rosemont.

SBU One in Petite-Patrie. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Scribe‘s amazing letter mural done off-Mural.

Hochelaga alley piece by Scribe.

Scribe in the abandoned Kabane 77 which was soon after demolished following a fire. Scribe has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Sekel in a Hochelaga alley.

A burning hot combo of Serak (ground) and Awe (above) in the Plateau. Scroll up for more by both of them under ‘K6A’ as well as some solo work by Awe under his own name.

Serak‘s part in the Estival de Canes 2018.

Serak in Rosemont.

Serum‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Sewk at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. This piece was designed by Geser, hence the dedication.

One more by Sewk at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

A combo of Sewp on abstract letters and Shine on character at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Sewp has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Aldarwin’.

Shok‘s part in a SIK crew alley production. Characters are by Skor who has his own letter pieces in this list (scroll down to his name).

A row of seats reserved by Shok at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Rooftop Shok.

Skor‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr.

Rooftop Skor.

Smak‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr. Scroll up for more by Smak under ‘Fonki’.

Smog was briefly in town this past January and left his mark on this parked train.

Snok‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Janek’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Snok‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Snok (middle), Ason (top left), Deaf (top right), Pito (ground letters) and James Dillon (characters) for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by Ason and Pito under their respective names.

Soger at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Some in a Côte des Neiges alley.

Spazm at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sper in Rosemont.

Stare‘s mighty contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

A long wall by Stare in the Plateau.

Stare in the Plateau. Stare was also one of the main creators involved in the Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner at the top of this page.

Temps in Rosemont.

Rooftop piece by Tuna.

Tuna‘s part in a SIK production in a Ahuntsic alley.

Tuna‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr.

Venise in Rosemont.

Voguer slowed down his street production in 2018. This Pointe St-Charles piece is one of only a few works of his I got to photograph this past year.

Ware at the Papineau legal graffiti wall ahead of (you guessed it) Halloween.

Ware in the Plateau.

Wonez‘s part at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Wuna in Rosemont.

Wuna at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Yema at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zehok on letters and Singe on snake at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek‘s part in a K6A and friend production in the South West.

Zek on Ashop’s wall in Hochelaga. The huge Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner at the top of this page was designed by Zek and he contributed a lot towards its creation. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Zima in Rosemont.

Zoner‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Zoner in Rosemont.

Scan You Rock tribute wall

For about a week during the month of September 2018, nearly 100 writers and artists converged onto Cabot street in the South West of Montreal for the creation of a huge mural celebrating the graffiti writer and artist Scaner who had passed away a year earlier following a 8-year battle with cancer.

The 675 m2 (7250 sq. foot) mural is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, and features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime. It was done on one of the two walls which had served as the canvas for the Scan You Rock mega-production 16 months earlier, a huge tribute to Scaner put together by his friends when they found out that he only had a short time left to live. Scaner’s own piece in the latter production was salvaged and has been integrated into the new mural which was designed around it. Barcelona artist and 4S crewmate Harry Bones created a Scaner-inspired character looming over the piece, and nearly a hundred of Scaner’s fellow writers and artists from Montreal and around the world filled the letters of his name with their own name pieces. Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime created the end character, a clock reminding us that Time Is Gold.

The creation of the mural was organised by Scaner’s wife Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers and his friend Philémon (through the non-profit organization Mr CanDo) and made possible through the generous contribution of donors who thus helped pay for the rental of aerial work platforms, scaffoldings and safety equipment as well as the purchase of paint and the transportation of artists.

A tribute of this scale was unheard of in the world of graffiti and urban art before this. It is a testament to the love and respect that Scaner commanded from his peers, in Montreal and elsewhere in the world. The new mural is seen everyday by thousands of commuters on the Turcot Interchange, and photos and videos of it and its making have made it around the world through social media, cementing Scan’s place in local and international art and graffiti history.

The gallery below features photos of the complete wall as well as close-ups on various sections, including credits for all the artists involved. A few names are missing, any input is welcome.

Pendant 7 jours en septembre 2018, une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes se sont rendus sur la rue Cabot dans le sud-ouest de Montréal pour la création d’une immense murale en hommage au graffeur et artiste montréalais Scaner, pour le premier anniversaire de son décès suite à une bataille de 8 ans contre le cancer.

La murale de 675 m2 (7250 pieds carrés) est une création de ses amis graffeurs Zek (qui a dessiné les lettres) et Stare, et inclut des personnages par Harry Bones et Axe Lalime. Elle a été créée sur un des deux murs qui, 16 mois plus tôt, avaient servi de canevas pour la mega-production Scan You Rock, un immense hommage à Scaner organisé par ses amis lorsque la communauté a appris qu’il ne lui restait plus que quelques temps à vivre. La contribution de Scaner à cette production a été préservée et intégrée dans la nouvelle murale. L’artiste barcelonais et crewmate en 4S Harry Bones a créé un immense personnage inspiré par Scaner et une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes de Montréal et d’ailleurs ont rempli les lettres de son nom avec leur propre pièce. Axe Lalime, qui faisait aussi partie du crew DA avec Scan, a créé le personnage au bout du mur, un réveil nous rappelant que le temps est précieux (Time Is Gold).

La création de la murale a été organisée par la conjointe de Scaner, Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers, et le bon ami de Scan Philémon (via l’OBNL Mr CanDo) et rendue possible grâce à la généreuse contribution de donateurs qui ont ainsi aidé à payer pour la location de plate-formes mobiles, des échafaudages et des équipements de sécurité ainsi que pour l’achat de la peinture et le transports d’artistes.

Il n’y a jamais eu d’hommage de cette ordre avant celui-ci dans le monde du graffiti et de l’art urbain en général. Ceci témoigne de l’amour et du respect que Scaner a inspiré chez ses pairs, qu’ils soient à Montréal ou à l’étranger. La nouvelle murale est vue chaque jours par les milliers de gens qui utilisent l’échangeur Turcot, et des photos et des vidéos de celle-ci et de sa création ont fait le tour du monde via les médias sociaux. Ainsi Scaner prend tranquillement la place qu’il mérite dans l’histoire artistique de notre ville et du milieu du graffiti.

La galerie ci-dessous présente des photos du mur complet ainsi que quelques gros plans sur ses sections, incluant des crédits pour tous les artistes qui y ont contribué. Quelques nom y manquent, vous êtes invités à combler ces lacunes en m’écrivant.


The complete wall. Scroll down for close-ups on the wall’s different sections. Click to view image in bigger size.

Close-up on Harry Bones‘ contribution around Scaner‘s own piece salvaged from the Scan You Rock production from April 2017 (a few months before he passed away). Harry Bones was Scan’s crewmate in the 4S crew.

Close-up on the S. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Hoacs, Eskae
row 2: Risk, Sober, unidentified
row 3: Sear, Musa, Kemr
row 4: Skor, Roachi, Trace, Zema
row 5: unidentified, Morz, Kay (Scan’s wife), Vect, Jarus (partial)
row 6: Jat?, Narc, Sewk, Shok, unidentified

Close-up on the C. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: unidentified
row 2: Hyke, someone writing Jays
row 3: Smak, Fonki
row 4: Zema, Koal, Sewer
row 5: Jarus, Dige?, Nixon
row 6: Her?, Kers

Close-up on the A. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: someone writing Dock, Dré aka Earth Crusher
row 2: Arek, RCH
row 3: Senck, Block, Atwz
row 4: Sower, Tchug, Astro, Pask
row 5: Serak, Fomer, Zek (starts inside door recess), Dodo Osé, Nesar (partial)
row 6: Kwun, Mersh, Maysr (inside door recess), Fuser, Probe?

Close-up on the N. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Pito, Tens, Axe Lalime, Pic Paquette, 123Klan, Jaber
row 2: unidentified, Some, Ewol?, Killa EF, unidentified, Fluke, Stare, Ware
row 3: Jaker, Kevin Ledo, unidentified, Tuna, Five Eight, Cemz, F.One
row 4: Legal, Acek?, Peace, unidentified, unidentified, Hsix
row 5: Sage, Guko, unidentified, Casp
row 6: Kemt, Rysk, Loes, Fleo, Maysr?

Close-up on the end section showing a clock character by Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime. Artists in the fill are:
row 2: Ware, Soma
row 3: F.One (partial), Oper, Aper
row 4: Hsix, Otak
row 5: Snipes

Retrospective of 2017 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2017. 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 2017 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2017 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2017 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 2017 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 2017 street art collé
Rétrospective 2017 graffiti


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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Scaner’ and ‘Soten’).

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

Earth Crusher for Ashop, 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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

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

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 pasted street art.

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 Retrospective of 2017 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins in St-Michel.

Time Is Gold

Time Is Gold is the name of the last production supervised by Scaner before he passed away in early September 2017. Most of his closest buddies in crews KG, DA and Four S as well as a few other friends from the Montreal graffiti scene were invited by him to contribute. The production was halfway completed at the time of Scaner’s death, so it then turned into a tribute to the writer the Montreal graff community calls their king. A candle memorial at the base of his unfinished piece was actually where his friends would congregate for a few weeks following the day Scaner passed.

The production is found on the back and side walls as well as around the playground of a private high school in central/eastern Montreal. The premises are therefore only partially accessible and should be respected.

Time Is Gold est le nom de la dernière production dirigée par Scaner avant son décès au début de septembre 2017. La plupart des ses frères dans les crews KG, DA et Four S ainsi que quelques très bons amis de la scène montréalaise du graff ont répondu à son invitation de contribuer à la production. Puisque que celle-ci n’était qu’à demi complétée au moment du décès de Scaner, elle est par la suite devenue un hommage à l’artiste que la communauté montréalaise du graff nomme maintenant son “king”. D’ailleurs un mémorial à la chandelle à la base de sa dernière pièce demeurée inachevée était l’endroit où ses amis sont venus se recueillir et lui rendre hommage pendant quelques semaines suite à son départ.

La production se trouve sur les murs arrière et latéral ainsi qu’autour du terrain de jeu d’une école privée du centre-est de Montréal. Celle-ci n’est conséquemment que partiellement accessible et le coté privé de l’endroit devrait être respecté.

The production’s main wall. Scaner did the outlines of his letters before he passed away. The fill and background of that area were completed by his brothers in KG, Stare and Zek. On the left is Scaner’s crewmate in the Four S’s, Harry Bones.

Top left on the adjacent wall is Cemz.

Serak

Beneath Cemz and Serak is Dodo Osé‘s part.

Sewk (above) and Stare (below).

Ware on letters and mural. More by Ware below.

Axe (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (ground letters). Both have supplied more, scroll down.

Smak

Zek

One more bit by Axe, this is King the squirrel.

Wall of flops featuring Zek, Stare, Deep, Pito, Her, F.One, Jaber, Axe, Some, Shok, Tuna, Oper, Getsa, Zion, Dolar, Casp, Smak, Morz, Peace, Expos, Nixon and many others (feel free to let me know about anyone I have been unable to identify).

Tribute to Jays by Jaker, Peace and Legal (almost completed – finished shot will be put up when the wall is completed).

One more by Jaber, this time his character.

Soten

Trace

Hoacs

Shok

Mersh

123Klan‘s Scien.

Shok

Ware

Sober

Morz

Soma

Pask

Wase

Stare

Stare will undoubtedly make history as one of the greatest Montreal artists of our era. After becoming one of the best graffiti writers, he has taken his place as one of our city’s best muralists. He has managed to earn the respect of his peers in both fields. His graffiti pieces – which by the way are usually done on legal walls and places where this artform is tolerated – are rarely hit by taggers, which is the ultimate sign of respect in this field.

The image gallery below is split into two main sections: murals and graffiti. However, in some instances, the line between the two can be blurry. Stare’s murals often include his name as a figurative element, albeit sometimes deconstructed to near-abstraction (see his Chinatown mural below for an example of this). And on the other hand his graffiti pieces can be as big and elaborate as your typical mural.

For more information on Stare, and to see more of his work than what is shown here, check out his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Il n’y a aucun doute que Stare va passer à l’histoire comme un des plus grands artistes Montréalais de notre époque. Non seulement s’est-il affirmé comme un des plus grands du milieu du graffiti où il a fait ses débuts, mais depuis un certain temps maintenant il est devenu un des meilleurs muralistes de Montréal. De plus, il a acquis dans ces deux domaines le respect de ses pairs. Ses oeuvres graffiti qui, soit dit en passant, sont généralement créées sur des murs légaux et à d’autres endroits où cet art est toléré, sont rarement touchées par les taggeurs, preuve ultime de respect dans ce domaine.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous est séparée en deux grandes sections: les murales et les graffitis. Cependant, dans certains cas la ligne entre les deux peut être floue. Les murales de Stare peuvent contenir son nom comme élément figuratif, parfois décomposé à la limite de l’abstraction (voir la murale de Chinatown ci-dessous comme exemple). Et inversement, ses pièces de graffitis sont parfois aussi grandes et aussi élaborées qu’une murale peut l’être.

Pour de plus amples informations sur Stare, et pour en voir plus que ce qui est présenté ici, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram.

Stare sticker
Stare sticker

murals

Contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Autumn 2016 mural in Mile End.

Impressive 2015 mural in the Plateau.

2015 mural by Stare and Ware.

In the Quartier des Spectacles.

Graffiti mural in Chinatown.

Mural in the village.

Stare and Tchug for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival.

Collaboration with Zek (letters bottom left) and Tchug (creature). Stare’s involvement is mostly the deconstructed letters in the right half.

Mural piece on one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

Mural by Scaner, Axe and Stare in Hochelaga. Stare’s contribution is the blue ‘K’ bottom left and the yellow ‘G’ on the right (making the name of the KG crew).

Scaner and Stare wall in Old Montreal.

Old NME wall in Centre-Sud featuring Stare amongs others.

This Petite-Patrie wall is credited to Stare, Hest and Sino.

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 1/4).

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 2/4).

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 3/4).

NME wall in the Plateau featuring Stare, Kers, etc (part 4/4).

Art Du Commum murals

Stare is part of Art Du Commun (a French pun on Hors Du Commun – “out of the ordinary”), an artist collective dedicated to the creation of murals – often large scale ones – that are community-based or socially-minded. The biography found on artducommun.com states that their “…pieces are designed to integrate into their environments while respecting, incorporating, and enriching the existing architecture. Artducommun’s creative process takes into consideration the history and experience of a work’s location. The positioning of each mural thus creates a space for social interaction, while offering passersby a original and timeless visual experience.”

Stare fait partie du collectif Art Du Commun dont le mandat est la création de murales (souvent de très grande taille) à vocation communautaire ou sociale. La biographie trouvée sur leur site web artducommun.com indique que leurs “…oeuvres sont pensées et conçues pour s’intégrer à leur environnement en respectant, incorporant et enrichissant l’architecture existante. [Leur] démarche de création consiste à [se] laisser imprégner par l’histoire, le vécu et la vocation du lieu de la réalisation. L’emplacement de l’oeuvre devient alors un lieu d’interaction sociale, tout en offrant aux passants un visuel intemporel et hors du commun.”

This iconic wall in Old Montreal is one of our city’s biggest murals. It was created in 2007 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Expo.