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SBU One

SBU One was born in France but moved to Montreal in 2004. For many years his street work walked the line between figurative and abstract, never quite one or the other. In the past few years he appears to have been doing a bit more figurative work, as least as far as his street work is concerned. It often features animals and zoomorphic characters and mashups, although it tends to remain closer to abstract when he works with frequent collaborator MSHL. In recent years his notorierity has increased rapidly, leading him to participate to festivals such as Under Pressure and Amalgam and then Mural Festival in 2017.

To see much more than what is featured in the photo gallery below (including studio/gallery work, animation, comics, and a lot of amazing street work outside Montreal), check out sbuone.com as well as his Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr pages.

SBU One est né en France mais habite Montréal depuis 2004. Pendant plusieurs années son art de rue balançait entre le figuratif et l’abstrait, jamais tout à fait l’un ou l’autre. Depuis quelques années l’artiste penche un peu plus vers le figuratif, du moins en ce qui concerne son art urbain. Animaux et personnages zoomorphiques y font des apparitions fréquentes. Ceci étant dit, celui-ci redevient plutôt abstrait lorsqu’effectué conjointement avec son fréquent collaborateur MSHL. SBU One a gagné beaucoup en notoriété ces dernières années, menant à des participations remarquées à des festivals tels que Under Pressure et Amalgam, et à l’édition 2017 du Festival Mural.

Pour en voir bien plus que ce qui est présenté dans la gallerie-photo ci-dessous (incluant des oeuvres en studio/gallerie, de l’animation, de la bande dessinée et beaucoup d’oeuvres urbaines géniales hors-Montréal), jetez up coup d’oeil à sbuone.com ainsi qu’à ses pages Facebook, Instagram et Tumblr.


murals and other painted pieces

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 MSHL in Pointe St-Charles.

Version 2 of a Portuguese rooster piece on a St-Laurent garage door. Scroll down for Version 1 dating from a few years earlier.

Collaboration between the Mad Rats and SBU One found in Rosemont.

On a bridge pillar.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with MSHL in Pointe St-Charles.

Collaboration between MSHL and SBU One for the Canettes de Ruelle production.

In Rosemont.

SBU One’s own kind of letters in Petite-Patrie.

For the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Found under a bridge.

Truck side mostly by SBU, with a bit by Naimo and MSHL. The back is all MSHL. Done during the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

The opposite side of the above truck from the 2018 edition of Mural Festival is mostly Naimo with a bit by SBU and MSHL.

On a garage door in Hochelaga.

Spelling out S-B-U at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Scribe in a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In a Rosemont alley (click to zoom in).

SBU One (left) and Waxhead (right) in a Rosemont alley.

In Rosemont.

For the Gatos Callejeros production in a Rosemont alley.

This MSHL garage door in Mile End features some work by SBU One.

Collaboration with MSHL on the lower (2nd) floor and with Tiburon on the upper (3rd) one. The upper floor was retouched from an earlier SBU-solo piece, scroll down to view.

Collaboration with MSHL for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall. See below for 2 close-ups on SBU One’s parts.

Close-up 1/2 on SBU One’s part in a collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Close-up 2/2 on SBU One’s part in a collaboration with Monk.e at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with MSHL in Pointe St-Charles.

Floors 2 and 3 added to the back of this Plateau building. Scroll down for a close-up of Level 1 from a year earlier. Level 2 is a collaboration with MSHL.

Contribution to the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

On a house awaiting demolition in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Scribe in a Rosemont back alley.

In a Rosemont back alley.

In Petite-Patrie.

Collaboration with MSHL in the Plateau.

SBU One in the Plateau. More was added to this piece the following year, scroll up to view.

SBU One’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

Contribution to the 2016 International Percussion Festival.

Collaboration with MSHL in a Plateau alley.

Collaboration with Waxhead in a multi-artist mural project for Sun Youth. Visible bottom left is one of Starkey‘s wabbits.

A side piece done during the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

This garage door was done off-Mural Festival in 2016.

Collaboration with MSHL in Mile End.

In St-Henri.

SBU One’s part in a multi-artist production in Old Montreal.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Behind a studio in St-Henri.

Underneath expressway. Photo © SBU One.

With Zdey on the right at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Photo © SBU One.

On the roof of the Omnipac building (now demolished). Photo © SBU One.

In Rosemont. Photo © SBU One.

Photo © SBU One.

Photo © SBU One.

Underneath expressway. Photo © SBU One.

Underneath expressway.

Underneath expressway.

Underneath expressway.

On a concrete block found in an abandoned lot in Hochelaga

Very old piece dated 2006 in the Plateau.


Videshi babaji

SBU One has this recurring character which he calls “Videshi babaji” serving as some sort of logo and which he seems to use in the way graffiti writers would with a throw (quickly sprayed piece with outline and uniform fill). Most of the time the character is a bearded head with a hat, but in at least one instance (top of the gallery below), it was given a whole body. It also often comes with a speech bubble.

SBU One a un personnage récurrent appelé “Videshi babaji” lui servant en quelque sorte de logo, ou d’équivalent du throw (pièce rapidement exécutée ne consistant que d’un contour et un remplissage uniforme) chez les graffeurs. Dans la majorité des cas le perso est une tête d’homme barbu arborant une casquette, mais dans au moins un cas (première entrée dans la gallerie ci-dessous), SBU lui a donné un corps. Le personnage vient souvent avec une bulle de texte (façon bande dessinée).


drawn pieces

Found inside the abandoned Transco.

Found inside the abandoned Transco.


wheatpastes

Most, perhaps all pieces below are in collaboration with MSHL.

La majorité, sinon toutes les pièces ci-dessous sont des collaborations avec MSHL.


stickers

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.

Top 10 graffiti, top 10 stickers, top 5 other of 2014

This is part four of Wall2WallMTL’s Top 100 Montreal street art of 2014, featuring the top 10 graffiti, top 10 stickers and the top 5 pieces that couldn’t be listed in any other category. See also:
part 1: top 25 big murals of 2014
part 2: top 25 small painted pieces of 2014
part 3: top 25 pasted pieces of 2014

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry.

Voici le top 10 des graffitis, le top 10 des stickers et le top 5 des oeuvres inclassifiables de 2014 à Montréal. Voir aussi:
1ère partie: top 25 des grandes murales de 2014
2ième partie: top 25 des petites pièces peintes de 2014
3ième partie: top 25 des oeuvres collées de 2014

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée.


Top 10 graffiti

Unlike other categories in this Top 100, this one does not strictly feature my ultimate faves of the year. A lot of the graffiti I love I never had a chance to photograph before it disappeared. I also decided not to include in this list graffiti featured in the context of the Under Pressure festival because then the top 10 would almost just be filled with that. So here’s the top 10 one-off Montreal graffiti that I was able to photograph.

Contrairement aux autres catégories de ce Top 100, celle-ci n’inclut pas nécessairement mes graffitis préférés de l’année. Je n’ai pas eu la chance de photographier toutes les pièces que j’aime avant qu’elles ne disparaissent. J’ai aussi décidé de ne pas inclure dans cette liste les graffitis produits dans le contexte du festival Under Pressure parce que ceux-ci se seraient presque accaparé le top 10 au complet. En conséquence, voici donc le top 10 des graffitis uniques que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.


(from left to right) Cens, Opire, Awe, Lyfer, Five Eight and Juice Funk, plus friends, in St-Henri. Five Eight has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014.

Above 3 photos: collective work by Robe/Fore and Pask, in Plateau End.

Robe/Fore in Mile End.

Above 4 photos: big production on the Cabot x Gilmore walls, featuring Sen2, AG Crew, Geser, Bacon, Scaner, Kemr, Sewk and Brong.

Koal and Bosny on abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Above 2 photos: 123Klan (first photo) and the Crazy Apes featuring Lith and Fezat (second photo) on the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Zdey in the Plateau.

Astro on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga. Astro has also made it into the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014.

Zion and Peace in Hochelaga.

Meor in a Plateau alley.


Top 10 stickers

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry. Works are presented in random order.

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée. Les oeuvres sont présentées sans ordre précis.

Above 3 photos: Citizan (many more variations exist).

Futur Lasor Now sticker combo. This artist has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014, the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014 and the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Miss Me‘s ‘Pussylluminati’. Scroll down for more by Miss Me. This artist has also made it into the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Above 4 photos: National Zombi (many variations exist).

Above 2 photos: Shifty Cat warnings series.

Above 2 photos: Shifty Cat vs social media series.

Above 4 photos: Turtle Caps series (many many more variations exist). Turtle Caps has also made it into the top 25 big murals of 2014 and the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.

Above 3 photos: Waxhead‘s retouched retro images series.

Above 4 photos: Waxhead‘s painted sticker series (many many more variations exist). Scoll down for more by Waxhead. This artist has also made it into the top 25 small painted pieces of 2014.

Above 2 photos: WhatIsAdam aka WIA‘s new Maple Sizzurp variations. Scroll down for more by WhatIsAdam. This artist has also made it into the top 25 pasted pieces of 2014.


Top 5 non-classifiables

Series on the same theme are treated as one entry. Works are presented in random order.

Les séries sur un même thème comptent pour une seule entrée. Les oeuvres sont présentées sans ordre précis.

Cam for Decolonizing Street Art.

Mathieu Connery installation on the corner of St-Christophe and Marie-Anne.

Above 2 photos: fake boxing day poster ads by Miss Me. Second photo © Miss Me. Scroll up for more by Miss me.

Above 2 photos: Waxhead and Starkey on thick wooden pieces. Scroll up for more by Waxhead.

Above 2 photos: WhatIsAdam aka WIA, dressed-up garbage cans, parc Jeanne-Mance (photos © Whatisadam). Scroll up for more by WhatIsAdam.

Pask and Mistx graffiti in Ubud, Bali

I must apologize for the lack of posts in the past 3 weeks. I was on vacation in South East Asia and took a near-complete break from the internet. Whilst away I did not expect to find material related to street art in Montreal, but it turns out I was wrong. One of the first graffiti pieces I found in Bali was the one shown below by Montreal’s own Pask and Mistx. It was done in 2009 in the South East area of Ubud, the artistic capital of the island.

Bali was developed by refugee priests and artists, which would explain the incredible amount of temples and art found everywhere on the island. There are temples on every street and each one is decorated with dozens of sculptures and paintings. Amid all this traditional religious art I was on the lookout for urban art (an inbuilt reflex in me), which I found mostly in the form of graffiti. Stencils, paste-ups and stickers were very limitedly found in the more urban areas and murals were rather rare (with the exception of advertisements painted on side-walls of businesses).

The only other Montreal-related material I found were a few stickers (in central Ubud) by French artist Zdey S1tr who has been active in Montreal lately.

Je suis désolé de mon silence depuis 3 semaines, j’étais en vacances en Asie du sud-est. Je ne m’attendais pas à y trouver du matérial pertinent pour ce blogue, mais il semble que je me sois trompé. J’ai eu la surprise de découvrir en périphérie d’Ubud, la capitale artistique de Bali, une pièce créée en 2009 par les graffeurs montréalais Pask et Mistx.

Bali a été développée par des prêtres et artistes qui y ont trouvé refuge quand l’ile voisine de Java a été conquise. Ceci explique surement l’abondance de temples et d’art qu’on y trouve. Il y a au moins un temple sur chaque rue, et chacun est décoré de nombreuses sculptures et peintures. Au milieu de tout cet art religieux traditionnel mon oeil averti y a cherché de l’art urbain (déformation professionnelle), que j’ai trouvé principalement sous la forme de graffitis. Je n’ai pas vraiment découvert de grandes murales, sauf pour quelques pubs sur des murs latéraux de commerces. Dans les centres plus urbains j’ai réussi à dénicher quelques pochoirs et autocollants.

Je n’ai rien découvert d’autre pour Wall2wallMTL si ce n’est que quelques autocollants (au coeur d’Ubud) de l’artiste français Zdey S1tr qui a été actif à Montréal dernièrement.

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New street art and graffiti September-October 2014


Walls (and a few doors)

New Zoltan V mural in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Collaboration between Zoltan V (top) and Hary (bottom) in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet (it’s been a week since I took this photo and since then the bottom part has been graffitied over).

Mural by William Patrick and Adam Sajkowski on Savoie.

Mural by XRAY on Savoie.

Futur Lasor Now (left), FEone (centre) and Turtle Caps (right) under the Ville-Marie expressway.

Big piece by Zdey in central Montreal.

Piece by ROC514 – who’s been really active lately – in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Piece by ROC514 in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Labrona (bottom) and artist who asked to remain anonymous (top), in alley behind St-Denis.

Waxhead in Plateau End.

Cryote representing the Wzrds Gng in a Plateau alley.

Cryote representing the Wzrds Gng in the alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Jerome Mesnager on wall next to Arsenal (where an expo called Current and featuring some of Montreal’s finest street artists was held in early October).

Piece by an unidentified artist on door in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.


Wheatpastes

Collaboration between Futur Lasor Now and Turtle Caps in Chinatown back alley.

Another collaboration between Futur Lasor Now and Turtle Caps, this one on St-Joseph (the FLN wheatpaste has also been found by itself in other locations in the neighbourhood).

WhatIsAdam (left) and Stikki Peaches (right), both just back from New York City. Wheatpastes are in Cité du Multimédia (1/3).

WhatIsAdam (left) and Stikki Peaches (right), wheatpastes are in Cité du Multimédia (2/3).

WhatIsAdam (left) and Stikki Peaches (right), wheatpastes are in Cité du Multimédia (3/3).

Makenoize (top) and Tava (bottom; previously seen elsewhere) in Cité du Multimédia.

Tava wheatpaste in Chinatown.

Wheatpaste by Bryan Keith Lanier (various locations).

Wheatpaste by XRAY.

Wheatpaste by XRAY, many locations in lower Plateau / Quartier des Spectacles.

Wheatpaste by Kat in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Wheatpaste by Lily Luciole in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Wheatpaste by Toronto’s Lovebot on des Pins.

Wheatpaste by Toronto’s Lovebot on in Plateau End alley.

Wheatpaste by an unidentified artist in the McGill Ghetto.

Wheatpaste by Toest(?).


Stencils, graffiti, etc.

Stencils by an unidentified artist on the wall of the Arsenal (where an expo called Current and featuring some of Montreal’s finest street artists was held in early October).

One more stencil by the same unidentified artist as above.

Garbage Beauty are back from Paris and active again in the streets of Montreal.

One more by Garbage Beauty.

Futur Lasor Now beneath Ville-Marie expressway (in front of piece displayed near the top of this page).

ROC514 on in the Plateau.

A number of new diamond mirrors by Le Diamantaire have popped up in the streets of central Montreal over the past few weeks.


Stickers

Collaboration sticker between ROC514 and Waxhead.

Collaboration sticker between ROC514 and Zero Productivity.

Collaboration sticker between ROC514 and Sien514.

Variation on a classic by Futur Lasor Now.

Turtle Caps ahead of Halloween.

This is *not* WhatIsAdam.

Ether has been very busy slapping different stickers around the Plateau and Mile End.

Ether

Ether

Ether

Ether

Mini-sticker by Beck.

Mini-sticker by Beck.

Mini-sticker by Beck.

Hand-drawn sticker by Meat.

Hand-drawn sticker by Meat.

Zdey has been active lately (see also graffiti higher up on this page).

One more sticker by Zdey.