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Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pasted street art (wheatpastes, stickers, woodups, mosaics, etc) of 2016 in Montreal. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as 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.

It was a rather quiet year for stickers. Many of our slappers were out of town for extended periods of time or were just busy with work and the rest of their life. Also, the city was more quick in removing and painting over stickers. Meanwhile, the medium of wheatpasting was more popular than before, particularly during the period of May to July. Consequently, the list this year features many more wheatpastes and fewer stickers than before.

It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it is impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few much-loved artists, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist.

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures oeuvres de street art collé (collages, autocollants, wood-ups, mosaiques, etc) de 2016 à Montréal. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

2016 a été une année tranquille pour les autocollants. Plusieurs de nos artistes s’adonnant à ce medium ont été absents une bonne partie de l’année et d’autres étaient occupés à autre chose. De plus, la ville s’est donnée en 2016 une politique plus aggressive contre cette forme d’expression artistique. Entre-temps, beaucoup d’artistes locaux se sont mis aux collages et plusieurs colleurs étrangers sont passés par Montréal, particulièrement de mai à juillet. Conséquemment, cette année cette liste inclut beaucoup plus de collages et moins d’autocollants que d’habitude.

C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par quelques artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 pièces graffitis de 2016


52Hz wheatpastes (fish). Also visible on the right is one by Swarm, scroll down for her Top 100 entries under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’.

Arnold for MTL En Arts. Check out the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016 for more by Arnold (under ‘203 Crew’).

A few of these heads by Biko were found on information panels and art boards during Mural Festival. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 post for more by Biko.

A Chat Perdu wheatpaste on one of this year’s most heated debates.

CSRK514 wheatpaste.

CSRK514 wheatpaste. Variations exist.

CSRK514 wheatpaste.

D7606 paste-up, variations exist.

D7606 paste-up montage, variations of each one exist.

Deuxben de Rennes paid us a visit this year and left about a dozen wheatpaste around the city, including this much photographed one.

Another well-positioned wheatpaste by Deuxben de Rennes.

Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste.

Deuxben de Rennes wheatpaste.

A Dial M wheatpaste over a painted door, done during the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Dolly Deals paste-up; many variations have been found.

Elsol25 put up a few posters during Mural Festival, including this one and the 2 below. The wheatpaste on the right is one of the year’s variations on Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll down to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly Top 100.

Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival.

Elsol25 poster put up during Mural Festival.

This Mural Festival installation was put together by Fafi.

Flavor wheatpaste, sticker versions also exist. Scroll down for more by Flavor under ‘ROC514’.

Wheatpastes by Futur Lasor Now (left) and Swarm (right). Scroll down for more by Swarm.

Futur Lasor Now wheatpaste also found as a sticker.

GBomb ‘tribute’ to the new American first lady.

Gial wheatpaste.

Gial wheatpaste.

Gial wheatpaste.

Kafka Is Famous wheatpaste.

Kafka Is Famous and Virgilio Aponte collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll down this list for a collaboration with Enzo Sarto.

Kat poster installation.

Kat poster.

A very powerful Kat poster installation. Notice the red ‘blood’ stains.

Kat poster.

Labrona wheatpaste found in a Plateau alley.

Labrona poster in Hochelaga.

Labrona (top left) and Gawd (bottom right) wheatpastes. Both of these artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Leyla Is On Fire wheatpaste, variations exist.

Lily Luciole has unfortunately left Montreal for Paris this year, but we still got some great work of hers before her departure.

Lily Luciole poster.

Lily Luciole poster.

Lily Luciole poster.

Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste.

Mademoiselle Kat wheatpaste.

Mateo poster for MTL En Arts.

Mateo wheatpaste in Mile End. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 post for more by Mateo.

Rey Midax paste-up.

(Above three photos) Rey Midax wheatpastes. At least seven different variations have been spotted, they all count as one entry. Only three are displayed here, check out this earlier post for the whole series.

For this year’s edition of Under Pressure, artist Shelley Miller created this mural piece from azulejo tiles made out of sugar. The tiles were prepared and painted beforehand, then pasted to the wall using a sugar mix.

This is Miss Me‘s contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, one of two huge wheatpastes put up this year (scroll down to Stikki Peaches for the other one).

Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series.

Miss Me wheatpaste from her ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Wear’ series.

Brilliant montage by Miss Me for MTL En Arts.

Mono Sourcil wheatpaste in Hochelaga. Mono Sourcil has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 list.

Mr Chose wood-up found in Mile End.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

National Zombi wheatpaste.

Nessie aka Nese sculpture installed in the Festival Mural zone during the festival. Hundreds have actually photographed the Earth Crusher piece next to it and only noticed this little sculpture in their shot later on.

A wheatpaste signed by Ocboo23(?).

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste.

Renard Fou wheatpaste. Also visible over the piece are two of Swarm‘s portals. Scroll up/down for her Top 100 entries under ‘Futur Lasor Now’ and under ‘Swarm’.

ROC514 (right) and Flavor (left) wheatpaste combo found in Mile End.

A much noticed and much photographed well-placed Enzo Sarto wheatpaste.

Enzo Sarto / Kafka Is Famous collaboration wheatpaste. Scroll up for more by Kafka Is Famous.

Enzo Sarto poster.

Enzo Sarto paste-up found in a few locations.

SBU One and MSHL collaborative wheatpaste installation. Many other variations have been spotted in various parts of the city. SBU One has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Sloast wheatpaste (in white). The aqua green paste-up in the top corner is an older one by Zola, scroll down to the bottom of this post for the latter artist’s own entries in this yearly best of list.

Sloast wheatpaste.

Sloast wheatpaste.

So Free So paste-up found in the Cité du Multimédia.

Starkey (left) and Waxhead (right) wood-ups found in Mile End. Scroll down for another wood-up and two stickers by Waxhead.

Starkey wood-up.

Starkey wood-up.

Stay Beautiful posters (top). Many variations exist, but I chose to display these two because of the nice pairing with this Detto wheatpaste (bottom).

Stay Beautiful poster, variations exist.

Huge Stikki Peaches wheatpaste installed overnight during Mural Festival.

Another Stikki Peaches wheatpaste which popped up in the Mural Festival zone during the festival.

This new variation on a previously seen Stikki Peaches design was much noticed when it went up in Little Italy this autumn.

Stikki Peaches wheatpaste found around Little Italy.

Swarm wheatpaste in a Mile End alley.

Swarm wheatpaste found in Mile End. Scroll up for one more by Swarm under ‘Futur Lasor Now’.

Toxic Theriac paste-up.

Toxic Theriac paste-up.

Toxic Theriac sticker. This design was also spotted as a wheatpaste.

Waxhead wood-up created with some help from Starkey. More from these two under ‘Starkey’ above.

Waxhead sticker.

Waxhead sticker. Waxhead has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Benny Wilding paste-up montage found in a Mile End alley. Wilding has also made it into the Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016.

XRAY wood-up found near the Quartier des Spectacles. XRAY has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Swiss artist Ygrek was in town during the month of July and produced at least 30 of these tape tags (as well as a few painted pieces) during his stay here. This one and the three below are the best of these original creations in which tape is woven into the mesh of fences to create the artist’s name, words, logos or abstract designs.

Ygrek tape tagging.

Ygrek tape tagging.

Ygrek tape tagging.

A Zola wheatpaste about one of the year’s biggest social causes.

Another militant wheatpaste by Zola. The skull wheatpaste visible on the right is by Rey Midax who also made it into this yearly best of (scroll up to the latter artist’s name for info).

Set of wheatpastes by an unidentified artist.

This mosaic next to a Petite-Patrie bike path was not signed.

The Christmas wheatpaste on the left makes it into this yearly list. The artist has not been identified, but it is not Stikki Peaches as many have speculated. The wheatpaste on the right is one of the year’s variations on Miss Me‘s Portrait Of A Vandal. Scroll up to ‘Miss Me’ to find her own entries in this yearly Top 100.

New stickers and other media May-June 2016

Here’s a collection of photos of whatever doesn’t fit in the recently published posts about painted street art and pasted street art in late May and the whole of June 2016. The post is split into chapters about stickers, wood-ups, fence-tagging and ‘other’. If you want to see new Montreal street art and graffiti as soon as I photograph it, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cette galerie inclut des photos de tout ce qui ne faisait pas partie des récents articles présentant les nouveautés peintes et les nouveaux collages de la fin mai et du mois de juin 2016. Cette galerie est séparée en chapitres dédiés aux autocollants, aux wood-ups, au fence-tagging, et ‘autre’. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres de street art ou de graffiti aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


stickers

Waxhead

Waxhead

Waxhead

Waxhead

Turtle Caps‘ brief return to Montreal around Mural Festival meant we got new stickers from this artist (more below).

Turtle Caps

Turtle Caps

Turtle Caps

Emmanuel Laflamme finally started making stickers, a great idea considering the sense of humour in his art. Another one is shown below. More have been spotted, but I did not get a chance to photograph them.

Emmanuel Laflamme

Every year around Mural Festival Enzo Sarto comes to Montreal with his wheatpastes, posters and stickers. More below.

Enzo Sarto

Enzo Sarto

Enzo Sarto

A hand-drawn one by Enzo Sarto.

This one and the ones below are just a few of the dozens of stickers by Il Flatcha to have been slapped in the streets of Montreal during the period covered by this post.

Il Flatcha

Il Flatcha

Il Flatcha; there are so many of these construction signs around Montreal, it makes sense that someone would poke ‘fun’ at them.

Il Flatcha, also seen in other colour variations.

Zek came up with 3 new sticker designs, this one and the 2 below.

Zek

Zek

Sloast

Sloast

Elsol25

Gial

Unidentified artist.

A hand-drawn one by Mono Sourcil.

Naia

Naia (fly) and Fasi (cow).

Naia (bottom left) and Fasi (top right).

Pink

Christophe Catelain

D*Face?

It’s Alive

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

Miss Conduct

unidentified artist

Zdey

Full Course


wood-ups

Starkey wood-up found in Hochelaga.

Wzrds Gng wood-up in the Plateau.

Wzrds Gng wood-up in the Plateau.

Wzrds Gng wood-up in the Plateau.

National Zombi has been putting up old laminates which he painted partially, leaving areas showing the old print. These are technically not wood-ups, but I’m still showing them in this section… More below.

Painted laminate by National Zombi.

Painted laminate by National Zombi.

Painted laminate by National Zombi.

Painted laminate by National Zombi.


fence-tagging

Montreal is blessed to have Swiss artist Ygrek in town for some time this summer. This artist’s medium is tape which he weaves through the mesh of fences to write his name tag-style, or to create abstract patterns. Here are a few photos of his work.

L’artiste suisse Ygrek est en ville pour un certain temps cet été et il y a déjà laissé sa trace. Son medium est le ruban adhésif industriel et ses canevas sont les clotures de la ville. Il tisse ainsi son nom (comme un tag) ou crée des motifs abstrait. Voici quelques photos des pièces que j’ai réussi à trouver avant détérioration.


other

Small sculpted head by Biko found on an art panel for the Mural Festival.

Another small sculpted head by Biko found on an art panel for the Mural Festival.

Nessie aka Nese.

Mosaic by some anonymous artist in Petite-Patrie.

Another mosaic by the same anonymous artist as above on a different side of the concrete block.

Painted tarp or canvas stripe by Ryan The Wheelbarrow.

Another painted tarp or canvas stripe by Ryan The Wheelbarrow. Many other variations not shown here have been found.

Monk.e

Monk.e logoIn his own words, Monk.e is “…a multi-talented thinker who expresses himself through his paintings, his poetry and his daily actions” (my translation). He is indeed a great communicator who leads two careers in parallel: urban visual artist and hip hop MC with already many albums to his credit. He is mainly known in the streets of Montreal for his community-oriented work often done alongside other members from K6A or for Ashop. He his mostly recognised for his figurative murals bringing together man and nature, but he also does graffiti deconstructed to near-abstraction.

Even though the image gallery below mostly shows Montreal creations, Monk.e is also very active in the rest of Quebec as well as in many other places around the world, particularly in Latin America and in Africa. To view his work outside Montreal or for info about his musical career check out his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Monk.e se dit être “…un penseur aux multiples talents qui exprime ses pensées les plus profondes à travers sa peinture, sa poésie et ses actions au quotidien”. Il est effectivement un grand communicateur et mène deux carrières en parallèle, celle d’artiste visuel urbain et celle d’emcee hip hop ayant déjà plusieurs albums à son actif. Il est surtout reconnu dans les rues de Montréal pour ses oeuvres à caractère communautaire, souvent effectuées en tandem avec ses collègues de K6A ou pour Ashop. Son art balance entre du figuratif très axé sur l’humain et la nature, et du graffiti déconstruit à la limite de l’abstraction.

Bien que la galerie-photo ci-dessous montre surtout des oeuvres créées à Montréal, Monk.e est aussi très actif dans le reste du Québec ainsi qu’à plusieurs autres endroits de par le monde, particulièrement en Amérique latine et en Afrique. Pour des photos de son travail à l’extérieur de Montréal ou pour de l’information sur sa carrière musicale, jetez un coup d’oeil sur ses pages Facebook et Instagram.


figurative work

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

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In Mercier.

In Rosemont.

Monk.e and Ankh One representing Ashop on the wall of a Hochelaga school.

Monk.e and Ankh One representing Ashop for the Surfaces outdoors artshow.

Monk.e in collaboration with Haks and Jimmy Baptiste on a South West high school (front view; see next for side view).

Monk.e in collaboration with Haks and Jimmy Baptiste on a South West high school (side view; see above for front view).

In Ville St-Laurent.

In Hochelaga.

In a Ville-Emard school playground.

Collaboration with Ankh One in a Mile End alley (click to zoom in).

Mural in Rosemont.

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration mural for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

For the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

Ashop wall featuring Shadow (middle ground level), Zek (above, plus background), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right).

Monk.e (left), Strike (middle) and Flying Eric (right) for Ashop‘s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop project on the walls of a NDG garage.

For the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival.

The opposite side to the above is a collaboration between Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (around).

At Plaza Walls.

Collaboration with Tiburón at Plaza Walls.

Close-up on Monk.e’s part in a mural collaboration with Axe and Awe in Ahuntsic.

For the Chemin Vert block party organised by Ashop.

Monk.e’s part in the 2016 Amalgam Festival in Sherbrooke.

In Petite-Patrie for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

With Ygrek on the left, in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent, done off-Mural Festival 2016.

Parc Laurier container, photo 1/2.

Parc Laurier container, photo 2/2. Top right is a laminate by National Zombi which was integrated by Monk.e into the art instead of being removed.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 1/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 2/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 3/3.

With the help of Smilé/Smilee at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In a Hochelaga alley.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Back of the above container.

In the Plateau.

Truck piece, with Mastrocola in the front half.

The 2015 edition of this Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

On garage door in St-Henri.

Contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Near St-Laurent.

Baldwin pool, Fullum side. For Ashop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, left half. For Ashop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, right half. For Ashop.

In Petite-Patrie.

This is the 2014 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Monk.e on wheels.

In Ahuntsic-Cartierville for Ashop; photo © Monk.e.

Monk.e did the background for this piece by Chris Dyer / Positive Creations.

Monk.e (left), Scaner (right letters) and Axe Lalime (right character) in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent.

This Hochelaga mural also served as the cover for one of Monk.e’s albums.

Well hidden in St-Henri/Little Burgundy.

In lower Mile-End, view from the street.

Same as above, view from the alley.

In Hochelaga.

This is the 2013 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Collaboration with Clandestinos (Shalak and Bruno Smoky) in the Plateau.

In Little Italy for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough. You can view the making of this mural on Youtube.

In the Plateau.

In a Hochelaga back alley, blending in with Mastrocola on the left.

Representing K6A on a city of Montreal building on Marie-Anne.

Same as above, frontal view (click to view bigger).

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

One of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Collaboration with Bonga, Becors, Jotapepax and Shalak in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Bruno Smoky and Shalak in Hochelaga.

Underneath expressway.

Overgrown with vines in Hochelaga.

Plateau wall from 2007; photo © Monk.e.

A very old piece on a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.


figurative and letters

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

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Collaboration with Maliciouz in the McGill ghetto. See below for a close-up on Monk.e’s part.

Monk.e’s part on a collaboration wall with Maliciouz (see above for full wall).

In Rosemont.

Tribute to Scaner on truck side for the 2017 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

In Rosemont.

In Little Italy.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Monk.e (left letters and background) and SBU One (figurative material) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 1/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 2/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 3/3.

2016 updated version of the Mural Festival wall seen above, with new letters at the bottom.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible at the top is a wheatpaste by Lovebot.

In a Hochelaga alley.

Axe (left character and letters) and Monk.e (centre and right) in Hochelaga.

Representing K6A on the Plateau.


letters

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

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

In St-Henri.

Monk.e on letters and Rouks on character, in Rosemont.

With Fleo and Dodo Osé on K6A‘s wall for the Gatos Callejeros production.

In St-Henri. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

Tribute to Scaner with Monk.e on letters (Scan’s name) and character by Tiburón.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

From a K6A jam in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

For the 2016 edition of the graffiti jam at the Lachine legal wall.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Monk.e on background letter with Sermob from Mexico on figurative parts.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

In a Hochelaga back alley.

In a Hochelaga back alley.

An unofficial piece in Rosemont.

In Hochelaga.

‘Deconstructivism’ in a Rosemont back alley.

This 2002 piece is fading and the wall has been extensively patched, but it is worth showing here because it presumably is Monk.e’s (or perhaps anyone’s!) oldest graffiti still up in this city.


contribution to multi-artist murals

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

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

The K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e mostly in the left third (scroll down for close-up). Also featured on this huge wall are Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer.

Close-up on Monk.e’s section on the huge K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival

K6A wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstiOne (click to zoom).

Ashop creation on a Plateau school by Bryan Beyung, assisted by Ankh One and Monk.e.

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

This huge wall from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (bottom left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top), all tied together by Monk.e.

The K6A wall done during the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e as well as Axe, Fleo, Phile and Dodo Osé.

The K6A wall done during the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e alongside Fleo, Dodo Osé, Serak, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

Fanny Aishaa, assisted by Monk.e and Guko.