Tag Archives: Waxhead

Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2021. 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 artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations
Retrospective of 2021 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2021 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 2021 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 artistes 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:
Retrospective 2021 street art collé et installations
Retrospective 2021 graffiti


Adida Fallen Angel‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Aldarwin on a fence in Hochelaga.

Alors painted dozens and dozens of her bright colourful flowers all over the city in 2021, here’s a double one found in Hochelaga.

Ankh One mural downtown.

Arpi‘s wall painted off the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Arpi in St-Henri.

Above 2 photos: two angles of a Arpi piece in St-Henri.

Art Du Commun mural in Lachine.

Art Du Commun mural in Pointe St-Charles.

Astro in Hochelaga.

Above 3 photos: Beaf and Mask collaboration in Lachine.
Beaf and Mask each also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti with solo graffiti pieces.

Omar Bernal‘s part in a multi-artist mural in Hochelaga.

Omar Bernal mural in Mercier.

Omar Bernal at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Omar Bernal in Verdun.

Bryan Beyung and MSHL collaboration in Pointe St-Charles.
Scroll down to the latter artist’s name as well as to ‘Gentil Crew’ for more work in this retrospective.

Detail of Bibi Una from a multi-artist mural in Hochelaga. The small character visible bottom left is by Max.

Bibi Una in a Plateau alley.

Birdo‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Mural Festival.

Mix of paint and mosaics by Borrris and Melanie Stuy in NDG.

Borrris in an abandoned building.

Borrris in an abandoned building.

Bosny‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Scroll down to ‘Gentil Crew’ for more work by Bosny in this retrospective.
He is also a graffiti artist and some of his letter work has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Danae Brissonnet mural in the Village.

Above 2 photos: a pair of pieces by Cryote in the Plateau.

Raphael Dairon‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

DMT in an abandoned tunnel.
A collaboration between him and Deep has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘Deep’).

Dodo Osé and LNK‘s collaboration for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Dodo Osé in Lachine.
Dodo has also contributed to the K6A wall at Under Pressure and therefore appears in the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘K6A’).

Ekes and Marchandise TT‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle

Ekes and Marchandise TT‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Ekes has of course made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Emerge mural in Petite-Patrie.

Eskro, Resok, Joh and Coler‘s collaboration for the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Eskro and Resok both have solo work into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Filco‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Filco in a Hochelaga alley.

Filco on the wall of a Villeray school.

Fleo‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Fleo is also a graffiti artist, find some of his letter work in the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (solo under his name as well as in collaboration under ‘K6A’).

Fluke mural in Lasalle, assisted by Five Eight.

Above 2 photos: Pascal Foisy‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. The first photo is the actual shot, the second one shows the piece in negative, as it was painted by the artist in reverse.

Viviane Fortin in Hochelaga.
She also appears on the Rude crew wall seen further down this list.

Frog in the Plateau.

Gallium featuring JKL Two on the blue dragon and a collaboration of Waxhead and Labrona on the door. In Villeray.
Scroll down to Waxhead and Labrona for more work by these artists in this retrospective. Waxhead also has work under ‘Grils’.

The Gentil Crew‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring MSHL, Bosny, SBU One, Loopkin, Le Monstr, Diane Roe, Maylee Keo, Tshokodile and Nikki Küntzle. Check out the latter Under Pressure link for close-ups.
MSHL, Bosny, SBU One, Tshoko and Nikki Küntzle all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Loopkin and Tshoko each have more work here under ‘Rude’, MSHL under ‘Beyung’ and Le Monstr under ‘MSHL’.

Grils in Hochelaga.

Grils in Ville Emard.

This huge Villeray mural was painted by multiple artists at the invitation of Grils and LNA.
Ground level from left to right: a snail by Grils over a background by LP Montoya, Hary on the box, a door by Waxhead surrounded by E’s from EK Sept, a platypus-like creature designed by Hozek and painted by Grils, the central character by LNA, a name piece by Hoar with a creature by Salamanca, and a lizard by Hary.
Upper level from left to right: a turbine-like creature by Alex Boya, a squirrel by Amer over a calligraphy background by Rizek and the rest all by Grils.
Hary also made it into this retrospective alongside his Lama brothers, scroll down to ‘Lama’ to view. Waxhead has more work here under his name and under ‘Gallium’. Scroll down to LNA for more work by this artist as well.
Grils, Hary, EK Sept, Hoar, Rizek and Amer also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (Amer under ‘LTG’ and ‘TRU’, others under their name).

Hest in a Hochelaga alley.

Hest in a Rosemont alley.
Hest is one of this city’s best graffiti artist, it is no surprise that some of his letter work also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

I Hate Stencils stencil in St-Henri.

Izabelle Duguay mural in Mile Ex.

Tribute mural to Marie-Soleil Tougas by Jetset in St-Henri.

River June and Henri Papy collaboration for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Nikki Küntzle‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Nikki Küntzle‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Scroll up to ‘Gentil Crew’ for more work by Nikki in this retrospective.

Labrona mural in Hochelaga.
Scroll up to ‘Gallium’ and down to ‘Waxhead’ for more work by Labrona in this retrospective.
Labrona is also a pasting artist, check out the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations for some wheatpastes.

Above 4 photos: Lama‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Hary from this collective also contributed to a huge wall in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

Kevin Ledo‘s mural in Petite-Patrie. The subject of the piece is his young child.

Lino in a Hochelaga alley.
Lino guested on the TRU wall at Under Pressure in 2021, check out the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti under ‘TRU’ to view.

Collaboration of LNA, Moule and Abir on a community centre in Côte des Neiges.
Moule has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.
Both she and LNA made stickers in 2021, some of them have made it into the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations.

LNA in Villeray.
She painted the central character of a huge multi-artist wall in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

Lost Claws on a Plateau rooftop.

Lost Claws in Petite-Patrie.
Lost Claws is also a pasting artist, check out the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations for some wheatpastes.

Maliciouz‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Mart‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
She has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view.

Medusa in a Mile End alley.
She has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.
Collaborations with Deep have made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘Deep’).

Monk.e and Luvs‘ contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Monk.e‘s tribute to rapper Jeune Loup in Hochelaga.

Monk.e in Rosemont.

Monk.e in the Plateau.
He has also painted calligraphy as a background to a mural by Turf One, scroll down to view.
Being one of this city’s best graffiti artist, some of his letter work is also found in the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Mono Sourcil in Hochelaga.
She has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.

MSHL and Le Monstr collaboration in Hochelaga.
Both artists have contributed to the Gentil crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to view.

MSHL mural in Ville-Marie.
MSHL also collaborated on a mural with Bryan Beyung in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

This collaboration of Origami Explorateur, Allegoria, Her and 3CLO5 at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel on the 50th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison had people constantly stopping to take photos.
Her has also contributed to the Rude crew wall at Canettes de Ruelle, scroll down to view that.

Above 2 photos: Julian Palma‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Pane and Regar‘s collaboration for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Pane and Regar in an abandoned building.
Pane also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Paynt in a Hochelaga alley.
Paynt also contributed to the LTG/POM/H2K wall at Under Pressure which has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Above 3 photos: this year Peru143 painted this long Hochelaga wall with what is now the longest mural in Canada (there is barely any overlap in the 3 shots above, they add up to the complete 150-meter wall).
Peru also collaborated with Zek and Deep on a huge mural in this retrospective, scroll down to Zek’s name to see.

Polographe painted a number of fantastic creatures at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel in 2021. It would be nice now to see him move to painting murals that would stay a bit longer!

Polographe at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Repus

Above 2 photos: the all-female Rude Crew wall for the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle (in 2 shots because it is very long) featuring, from left to right, Tshokodile, Loopkin, Her, Mart, Medusa, Moule, Kawaz (on ‘Rude’ header), Lora, Mono Sourcil, Sam’19, Mos Geez, Viviane Fortin.
Tshoko, Mart, Medusa, Mono Sourcil and Viviane Fortin all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Loopkin and Tshoko contributed to the Gentil Crew wall above. Her collaborated on a wall with Origami Explorateur while Moule collaborated with LNA, scroll up to see each one of these collaborations.

Double layers of SBU One on a bridge pillar.
SBU also contributed to the Gentil Crew wall higher up in this list.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Seork‘s part on a space-themed multi-artist mural in the Plateau.
Seork also contributed to the LTG/POM/H2K wall at Under Pressure which has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Rafael Sottolichio‘s huge downtown mural painted with assistance from Bosny, Nikki Küntzle, MSHL, Diane Roe and Julian Palma, amongst others.

Tshokodile in an abandoned building.
She has collaborated on the Gentil crew and the Rude crew walls above, scroll up for that.
She has also contributed to the TRU wall at Under Pressure which has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Above 2 photos: Turf One over a calligraphy background by Monk.e in Petite-Patrie.
Monk.e has solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to view that.

Waxhead featuring Labrona on the door, in a Plateau alley.

Waxhead and Labrona collaboration in a Plateau alley.
These artists have another collaboration in this retrospective, scroll up to ‘Gallium’ to view. Waxhead also painted a door in a multi-artist production visible under ‘Grils’. Labrona also made it into this retrospective with a solo mural, see it under this name.

Benny Wilding in Petite-Patrie.
He is one of this city’s finest graffiti artists and has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

Sophie Wilkins and Anik Favreau in Rosemont.

Zek mural in NDG with Peru143 on colour letters as well as Deep.
Peru also painted a solo wall which made it into this retrospective, scroll up to view.
Zek and Deep are both also graffiti artists and have made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti with letter pieces.

Zek mural in Ville-Marie.

Zen in Rosemont.

Zen in a Plateau alley.
Zen is also a master of 3D graffiti and some of his work has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

A mandala-style mural featuring some graffiti by Zep in Rosemont.
A name piece by Zep has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 graffiti.

Zola‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.
Zola is also a pasting artist, check out the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations for some wheatpastes.

Mural Festival 2021

The 2021 edition of Mural Festival, held from 12 to 22 August, was unfortunately less about the murals and more about shows and concerts. Publicity about the event was geared mostly towards these paying events and not much about the visual art and artists.

For the first time since the beginning of the festival, no murals were done on site for people coming to see artists at work, except for Birdo’s in the VIP area, which was only accessible to paying visitors. The only other mural of this edition was the one designed by Teddy Kelly and executed by Jamie Janx, Arnold and William Marceau-Briggs two months after the festival. The Hotel St-Germain downtown had its front painted by Michelle Hoogveld a few weeks before the festival. The ground of a basketball court in Little Italy was painted by Francorama also some time before the event took place.

The other artists on the bill were hired for non-street art creations, such as Marie-Pier Primeau who painted the walls of a private gym’s pool. The talents of Julian Palma Luque, Garbage Beauty’s Monsieur Boz and Zoe Gelfant were unfortunately wasted on painting sponsored bars, picnic tables and furniture in and around the paying zone instead of murals.

The great aspect of the 2021 edition was Mural’s incursion into virtual public art, with famous local street artists Waxhead and Cryote as well as Samuel Arsenault-Brassard and Iregular. They created virtual pieces only visible through the festival’s app. Cryote also virtually created pieces live as they were being projected on a screen for the guests in the paying area to see.

You may want to check out this walking tour map connecting all Mural Festival creations and other major murals in the area.

L’édition 2021 du Festival Mural, tenue du 12 au 22 août, a été malheureusement axée sur les spectacles et concerts plutôt que les murales. D’ailleurs, la publicité de l’événement mettaient principalement de l’avant le programme d’événements payants tels que ces concert et très peu les artistes visuels.

Pour la première fois depuis la création du festival les visiteurs n’ont pas pu voir d’artistes à l’oeuvre créant leur murale, sauf celle de Birdo dans la section VIP, mais celle-ci était inaccessible sans payer. La seule autre murale de l’édition 2021 a été celle conçue par Teddy Kelly et exécutée deux mois plus tard par Jamie Janx, Arnold Vincent et William Marceau-Briggs. L’Hôtel Germain au centre-ville a été repeint par Michelle Hoogveld quelques semaines avant le début du festival. Le sol d’un terrain de basketball de la Petite Italie a aussi été peint par Francorama quelques temps avant la tenue du festival.

Les autres artistes prévus au programme n’ont pas été engagés pour du street art. Marie-Pier Primeau a peint les murs d’une piscine d’un gym privé. Les talents de Julian Palma Luque, Monsieur Boz de Garbage Beauty et Zoe Gelfant ont malheureusement été gaspillés à peindre des murets de bars et des tables de picnic dans la zone payante ou devant celle-ci, plutôt que des murales.

Un bon coup des organisateurs du festival a été l’ajout d’un nouveau volet virtuel grâce à la participation des artistes Waxhead et Cryote, tous deux bien connus dans le milieu du street art montréalais, ainsi que Samuel Arsenault-Brassard et Iregular. Ces artistes ont créé des pièces virtuelles seulement visible via l’application du festival. Cryote a aussi créé des oeuvres virtuelles live, projetées sur un écran pour les visiteurs dans la section payante du festival.

Vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à cet itinéraire pédestre reliant toutes les murales produites dans le cadre de toutes les éditions du Festival ainsi que les autres créations majeures dans le même quartier.


This awesome mural by Toronto’s Birdo was the only one done during the festival, unfortunately only visible to paying users during its creation.

This building front was designed by Teddy Kelly and executed in October following the festival by Jamie Janx, Arnold Vincent and William Marceau-Briggs.

This installation by June Barry served as an entrance through which paying visitors could access the VIP area.

Michelle Hoogveld painted the front of the Hotel Germain before the beginning of the festival.

Extra shot showing the side of the Hotel Germain painted by Michelle Hoogveld before the festival.

Francorama painted the ground of this Little Italy basketball court shortly before the festival happened. Photo © abcdf.ca

Julian Palma Luque on a terrasse side wall which was unfortunately in the paying area and hidden behind material following its completion. Photo © JF Galipeau.

One more angle of Julian Palma Luque‘s contribution to this year’s edition. Photo © JF Galipeau.

Zoe Gelfant painted the sides of this sponsored bar area as well as its picnic tables as the festival took place.

One more angle of Zoe Gelfant‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Mural.

Also on the 2021 Mural Festival bill:
– Marie-Pier Primeau painted the walls of the pool area of a private gym.
– Drew Young was meant to paint another downtown hotel, but this seems to have been canceled.
Monsieur Boz from Garbage Beauty was also on the bill, it is unclear if he has ended up painting for the festival or not.
Waxhead, Cryote, Samuel Arsenault-Brassard and Iregular created virtual art.

Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces from 2020. 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 artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées en 2020 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 2020 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 artistes 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:
Retrospective 2020 street art collé
Retrospective 2020 graffiti


Above 3 photos: As in many other cities around the world, a huge Black Lives Matter street piece was done in Montreal. In French, “La vie des noir.e.s compte” was produced by Gala Dynastie and Never Was Average and painted by multiple artists, one artist per letter (including street artists Maliciouz on the ‘N’ and Mins on the third ‘E’).

A Black Lives Matter mural by a collective of anonymous artists on the boarded up Apple Store downtown.

Abir has been blending her art into earlier pieces by various artists at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel including that of Adida Fallen Angel as pictured here. Scroll down to the end of this post for more by Abir as she participated in the Taqueria production featured there.

Deep dish piece by Adida Fallen Angel at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Above 3 photos: A long Hochelaga production featuring Aldarwin on the long colourful fence and background, Omar Bernal on the whale and Origami Explorateur on the bird. Scroll down for more by Aldarwin and Omar under ‘Grils’ and in the Taqueria post at the end of this post. Origami Explorateur was also involved in the Taqueria production at the end of this post. Omar and Origami Explorateur both have solo works, scroll down to their names to view.

A pair of pieces by Alfalfa (left) and Pupila (right), in Rosemont.

Breonna Taylor portrait by Ali K in Mile End. The background behind Breonna is by Khaled Jaafar and on the left by Random Ice And Cactus.

Above 4 photos: the 4 sides of a shed on the Lachine Canal, by Ankh One.

Astro in a Verdun alley.

Portrait of Zombie Boy by Awie in St-Henri.

After a young boy named Liam was struck and killed crossing the street in St-Henri, Awie found out that the kid wanted to be a muralist and decided to paint this mural from his sketchbook drawings. Have a look at the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Awie.

A beautiful diptych by Cyndie Belhumeur in the Plateau.

Omar Bernal in a Plateau alley.

Omar Bernal at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Omar has much more work in this retrospective, scroll up to Aldarwin or down to Grils and to the Taqueria production at the end of this post. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Dars’).

Bryan Beyung diptych in Ville St-Laurent.

Bonga in an abandoned building.

Borrris in an abandoned building.

Borrris mural in Mercier

Borrris mural in the Village. Borrris also participated in the big group portrait in Villeray, scroll down to ‘Grils’ to view.

Bosny in a Mile End alley production. Scroll down to ‘Jean-Sébastien Denis’ and to the Taqueria production at the end of this retrospective for more by Bosny. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Stencil of Donald Trump kissing Fox News’ Sean Hannity, by Carnior in Cartierville.

Carnior on the Just For Laughs Museum. The character depicted here is the mascot of the Just For Laughs comedy festival/museum/empire. Gilbert Rozon, the head of Just For Laughs, was acquitted in 2020 from accusations of rape for the third time (he was also acquitted on 2 other cases in 1998). Also, 14 other women who had accused him of rape and sexual misconduct two years ago when the #MeToo movement started were denied being allowed to take Rozon to court.

A glimpse into the brain of Donald Trump from Carnior.

Ruben Carrasco in Hochelaga.

Ruben Carrasco in Hochelaga.

A tribute to Portuguese fado singer Amália Rodrigues by Paulo Carreira in the Portuguese neighborhood.

Chado in a Petite-Patrie alley.

Chado in a Villeray alley.

Cryote at ground level and Waxhead above, in a Plateau alley production curated by Waxhead. Waxhead has been very active in 2020, some of his work can also be found in this retrospective under ‘Grils’, under ‘SBU One’ and under his own name.

Denial‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival.

A beautiful tribute to Marcelle Ferron created by Jean-Sébastien Denis and painted by MSHL and Bosny in Outremont. Both MSHL and Bosny have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.

Deps at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

DMT under an overpass.

DMT in an abandoned building.

Dodo Osé in Little Italy.

Dodo Osé in Little Italy. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Fleo’ and under ‘K6A’).

Earth Crusher in Hochelaga.

Elfu at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Filco in Hochelaga.

Filco in Hochelaga.

Patrick Forchild‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival is a tribute to health workers on the frontline of the fight against the Covid19 virus. It was painted on the Jewish General Hospital which was the first hospital ready to take on patients affected by the virus.

Franco E for Mu commemorating the 30-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Montreal in 1990. The mural is found in St-Henri.

Gallium on a ramp of a Rosemont skatepark.

Germ Dee in Rosemont.

Grils tackling the subject of police brutaly in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Grils.

This huge 21-artist group mural supervised by Grils was painted in Villeray and illustrates very well the year 2020 in Montreal Street Art which saw the creation of many informal communities of artists working together, perhaps in reaction to the isolation of confinement. Front row: Kando, Her, Melsa Montagne, LNA, Fokus, Wuna, Tshoko and Mins. Middle row: Ravens Or Crows, Aldarwin, Moule, Math Lamarre, Omar Bernal, Maliciouz and Mastrocola. Back row: Adi, Derap, Waxhead, Sibo, Grils and Borrris.

Wuna, Tshoko, Ravens Or Crows, Aldarwin, Omar Bernal, Maliciouz, Waxhead, Grils and Borrris all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Her, LNA, Fokus, Tshoko, Aldarwin, Omar Bernal, Adi and Grils all contributed to the Taqueria project featured at the very end of this post. Fokus also has work under his alias Malin, see ‘Jest’ below. Adi, Tshoko and Waxhead also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Hank at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Jest‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mural by Jest (mostly top part) and Malin (mostly bottom part) in Hochelaga. Both artists were involved in the Taqueria production featured at the end of this retrospective. Malin aka Fokus has more work above under ‘Grils’. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Fokus under both of his names.

Johnny Crap in the Plateau. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Johnny Crap under his alias ‘Zen’.

Kor in a Rosemont alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Kor.

Collaboration between Nikki Küntzle (left) and Caitlin McDonagh (right) for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Collaboration between Labrona and M’Os Geez in a Hochelaga alley. Both artists have made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art. Scroll down for more by Labrona, under ‘Ledo’.

A large mural in Little Italy, by the Lama collective formed by artists Ludovic Mio, Hary, E. Bedaine and Alexis Vaillancourt. Hary also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti with a name piece.

This tribute to québécois sculptor Armand Vaillancourt was done for Mu by his son Alexis Vaillancourt with the help of his Lama crewmates.

A very long mural by the Lama collective in Rosemont.

Marc-Olivier Lamothe‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival.

A great collaboration between Kevin Ledo (central character) and Labrona (flying around) in a Plateau alley.

Another great collaboration between Kevin Ledo (left) and Labrona (right) in a Plateau alley. Labrona has more work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to view.

La Loica‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Lost Claws on a Mile End rooftop.

Lost Claws on a Petite-Patrie rooftop. This artist also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

2020 marked the 40th anniversary of the first referendum on Quebec independence and Macak painted at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel this famous picture of René-Lévesque giving his speech after having lost. Macak also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Above 3 photos: a 3-part piece by Maj in a Rosemont alley.

Maliciouz in a Hampstead park. She was involved in the large ‘La vie des noir.e.s compte’ piece at the top of this page. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

Mateo on an abandoned minivan in Mile End.

Mateo in Mile End.

Mateo in Mile End.

Monk.e in Ahuntsic.

A tribute to Vice Verses by Monk.e, in Hochelaga. Monk.e also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

A mural by Mono Sourcil in the Plateau.

Collaboration between Le Monstr (door) and Loopkin (left and right) for a green alley production in Hochelaga.

An abstract mural by MSHL in Pointe St-Charles. Scroll up to ‘Jean-Sébastien Denis’ for more by this artist.

Collaboration between Origami Explorateur and VF Vibes at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Origami Explorateur also finds herself in this retrospective under ‘Aldarwin’ and in the feature on the Taqueria production at the end of the post.

A tribute to George Floyd by Chris B. Powell and Caro Thibault at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Ravens Or Crows in a Mile End alley prod. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view.

A double garage diptych by Emily Read in Villeray. The animal on the door on the right is a pangolin; with the rainbow painted above, this connects the piece to the Covid19 pandemic.

Repus‘ contribution to the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

A tribute to MC Doom by Resok in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Resok.

Enok Ripley mural in Villeray.

Rouks in Rosemont.

Rouks at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) on a bridge pillar. The piece was inspired by the two homeless men who usually hang out there.

SBU One in an abandoned building.

SBU One in a Mile End alley production. SBU also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau.

Scribe in the Plateau. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Scribe.

Sence in Rosemont.

Nick Sweetman at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Tchug in Rosemont. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Tchug.

Tshoko‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray (scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view) and to the Taqueria production featured below. She also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

A beautiful Ola Volo mural in Hochelaga.

Waxhead in a Mile End alley production which he supervised.

Waxhead in a Petite-Patrie alley. Waxhead also made it into this retrospective in collaborations, scroll up to ‘Cryote’, ‘Grils’ and ‘SBU One’ to view. He also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

A beautiful mural by Sophie Wilkins in Montreal North.

Wuna in a Rosemont alley. She also contributed to the huge group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view. Check out the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti for more by Wuna.

Zoltan in the Plateau.


Omar Bernal’s Dia de los Muertos taqueria production

2020 was the year in which many informal communities of artists were created, the biggest of which being the gang that regularly came together at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel to paint and hang out. This led to the production of many multi-artist productions around the city, such as one supervised by Grils in Villeray (see group photo above under ‘Grils’) and this one curated by Omar Bernal on the walls of a Hochelaga taqueria. The theme of this all black and white production was Dia de los Muertos. The photos below cover the complete production.

The long western wall features Ramses Herrera Medina, Tshoko, Grils, Moule, Jest, Fokus, LNA, Origami Explorateur, Omar Bernal, Nero, Timoh Garcia and Aldarwin.

Curator Omar Bernal‘s dog Pipa passed away during the production, so he integrated her into it at a few places including this one above Robert Davy.

Marine Martinelli on the back door.

Abir on 2nd floor back door.

Her on a back wall.

Abir on the back wall. Omar Bernal echoed her piece on the post in front.

Bosny doing his thing on this back corner.

This segment of the eastern wall shows Omar Bernal, Timoh Garcia, Grils, Bezo, Lino and Aldarwin.

Central eastern wall showing Omar Bernal, Adi, Mariposa, Verbe, Huile d’Olive, SciWalkArt, Grils, Timoh Garcia and Aldarwin.

Andra

Front wall of the taqueria, Grils on the left, and Grils and Lino on the right.

Grils on corn piece over a background by Aldarwin.

Of all the artists involved, Tshoko, Grils, Jest, Origami Explorateur, Omar Bernal, Aldarwin, Abir and Bosny have more work featured in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Fokus, Moule, LNA, Her and Adi are involved in the group portrait in Villeray, scroll up to ‘Grils’ to view. Fokus can also be found under his alias Malin, see ‘Jest’.

Adi, Marine Martinelli, SciWalkArt and Huile d’Olive all made it into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art

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.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

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.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2020 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2020 graffiti


Poster by Adi.

One of many different small paste-ups by Adi. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

One of many plant/insect designs by Laurence Bélanger.

A paste-up by Laurence Bélanger.

One of many pasted head pieces by Bodegas.

One more paste-up by Bodegas.

Poster by Bubzee and Kali Spitzer.

A beautiful wheatpaste by Bubzee.

A pasted collaboration between Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A poster by Bubzee and Sage Novak.

A small poster from Cam. Similar variations in different colours have also been found.

This one is the most beautiful of the Black Lives Matter posters put up by Maya Cardin.

One of many small paste-ups by 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.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

One more by Nivanh Chanthara.

A typical Montreal citizen in transit, by CSRK. Found in Mile End.

CSRK found in Petite-Patrie.

CSRK inspired by the Covid19 pandemic.

A small wood-up by 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.

Above 2 photos: 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.

One more creation by Junko made from reclaimed materials. Again, have a look at the latter link for more angles.

A set of 2 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.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, colour added on location.

One more Know Self wheatpaste from a Mile End alley, painted on location.

A set of pieces by Kyoto Coyote.

Labrona was very active during the first part of the year. This is one of many pasted pieces I found over 2020.

One more pasted piece by 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.

“Wet’suwet’en Strong”, a small paste-up by LMNOPI.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Water Is Life”.

A small paste-up by LMNOPI titled “Land Back”.

This punny wheatpaste by Lost Claws put up in April was very likely inspired by the Covid19 pandemic (Six Feet Away / Six Feet Under).

This is Lost Claws taking a dig at a street artist whose work is found right next to it (one corner is visible in this shot).

A touching tribute by Lost Claws to his cat which had just passed away.

Something a bit different from Lost Claws. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Above 8 photos: While the streets of Montreal were deserted at the very beginning of the 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.

A small paste-up by Louis Letters stating “Police Kills”. Ironically, a policeman sitting in his car was watching me as I photographed this piece!

A Black Lives Matter poster by Louis Letters. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A poster by Madame Gilles.

A small paste-up by Maika.

A small paste-up by Maika.

An installation by Makenoize in a Plateau alley.

A small paste-up by 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.

A large wheatpaste by Mirov on a Plateau alley garage door.

A tall Miss Me wheatpaste in a Rosemont alley.

Miss Me in Mile End.

A small Missprints paste-up put up when the subject of police brutality was trending.

A 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.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A poster by le Pleurnicheur.

A wheatpaste by le Pleurnicheur.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found downtown.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found in the Old Port.

A pasted piece by Rage5 found on a boarded up Plateau house.

A small paste-up by SciWalkArt. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A poster by Shame.

A poster by Shame.

Here’s a 50 x 50 tile installation by 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.

Above 2 photos: two Shifty Cat posters put up near the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic.

A collaboration between Sinister Kid and Sloast.

Sloast in the McGill Ghetto.

A small poster by Stay Beautiful.

A set of 2 small posters by Stay Beautiful.

Stikki Peaches from a run of wheatpastes in June.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Malcolm X found in Ahuntsic.

A Stikki Peaches wheatpaste of Martin Luther King found in Ahuntsic.

A set of two wheatpastes by Suriani found in Mile Ex.

One more by Suriani in Mile Ex.

A wheatpaste by 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.

One more set of small paste-ups by T.B.O.N.S.

Any one of the many dozens of small paste-ups put up by T.B.O.N.S. could have made this retrospective.

Toxic hijacking a cinema poster.

Above 2 photos: Closed and open shots of an installation by Toxic found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

A small poster by Tshoko, variations exist.

One of many sticker/paste-ups put up by Tshoko in 2020. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

A wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Another wood-up by Waxhead found in Mile End.

Above 4 photos: 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.

One more mock business sign by Benny Wilding. This artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2020 graffiti (under ‘Cemz’).

There’s a great story around this pasted policeman piece by 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!

Heads rolled in 2020, particularly that of the statue of first Canadian prime minister John A Macdonald. Macdonald allowed famine and disease to kill many indigenous people and his government forced some First Nation communities to leave their traditional territories, withholding food until they did so. In August 2020 his statue, which had been sprayed with blood red paint many times, was finally toppled by activists. Shortly after Zola immortalised the moment with this poster.

A wheatpaste by Zola found in Rosemont.

A large wheatpaste by Zola found in the Plateau/Rosemont.

An unidentified artist has pasted around Hochelaga black and white photos of various people of the neighbourhood. This is one of almost a dozen by the same artist which I have been lucky enough to find and photograph.

One more pasted piece by the unidentified Hochelaga artist putting up black and white photos of neighbourhood citizens. This one is of a street musician and the piece was actually put up behind where he usually plays to passersby on Ontario street, prompting many of them to photograph the musician playing in front of this photo of himself.

This wheatpaste of George Floyd was put up in Mile End shortly after the murder that sparked the 2020 Black Lives Matter chapter.

Pieces in this style by an unidentified artist have been found here and there in Hochelaga alleys, in Old Montreal and around St-Laurent. Sometimes found as double sets as shown here, but usually as a single piece.

This wheatpaste by an unidentified artist was found in Petite-Patrie.

Wolf wheatpastes have been found around Petite-Patrie. The artist has not been identified but is presumed to be the same one as the piece above.

A beautiful poster found in Mile End. Artist has not been identified.

Covid-19 in Montreal urban art

This article features photos of Montreal street art and graffiti inspired by the Covid-19 virus and everything that is related to it:
– the social measures to prevent its spread such as the confinement, hand washing, distancing, masks, etc.
– appreciation for the health workers and concern about their status
– the population’s reaction to the crisis, such as the rainbows and “ça va bien aller” slogan, as well as the fear of the vaccines being developed.

Cet article présente des photos de street art et de graffiti créé à Montréal et inspiré par le virus Covid-19 et tout ce qui peut y être rattaché:
– les mesures sociales de prévention telles que le confinement, le lavage des mains, la distanciation, le masque, etc.
– l’appréciation pour le personnel dans le milieu de la santé et les revendications sociales relatives au statut d’une part de ce personnel
– les réactions de la population vis-à-vis la crise, telles que les arcs-en-ciel, “ça va bien aller”, ainsi que les réactions quant au développement éventuel de vaccins.


murals

This is the only mural done in Montreal related to Covid-19 and its social impact. It is a beautiful tribute to the health workers who were on the frontline of the fight against the virus. It was done by Patrick Forchild on a wall of the Jewish General Hospital for the 2020 edition of Mural Festival. The JGH was the Montreal hospital that was most equipped to deal with the sanitary crisis, with a whole department ready to receive patients from the very beginning.

This mural is not actually street art in the strictest sense, as it was commissioned by the government of Quebec for a music video encouraging young people to wear a mask. The artist who created the piece asked to remain uncredited. See the video here.


other painted work

This is Emily Read on a garage door in Villeray. With its rainbow and a pangolin, there is no doubt this was inspired by the events following the spread of the pandemic. The virus is suspected to have spread to humans from pangolins sold in a wet market in Wuhan, China.

This piece by Louis Letters saying “Coronavirus” was done about a week before the world ground to a halt in mid March.

A graffiti piece by Rizek done in an abandoned building very soon after the arrival of the virus in Montreal.

A tribute to the health workers by Hoar done on a legal-ish wall in Rosemont.

A self-portrait by Omar Bernal painted at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel near the beginning of the sanitary crisis. The correction in red paint is by the artist himself and part of his message.

This piece by Lost Claws in a Plateau alley is very likely a comment on the crisis.

This stencil by Carnior was found on a Petite-Patrie high school when kids were returning to school in September. It was a hot topic in the media at the time, with half the population seeing it as a good thing and the other half thinking it was a dreadful idea.

Kesta/Masok and Labz fighting the virus at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Hob on an overpass pillar.

Deep and Stephlxo on an abandoned building in the South West.

Namepiece and Covid skull by Axe Lalime in Rosemont.

Omar Bernal and Lino collaboration at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Riok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel around the time when the government started making the mask mandatory in indoor public places.

An unidentified artist, perhaps Makes, at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. “Ca va bi