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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.

Retrospective of 2021 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti 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 writers, I have set a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites 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 de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 3 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2021 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2021 street art collé et installations


Acek‘s truck side for the 2021 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

Acrow‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Also visible above is an installation by Makenoize who has made it into the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations with other installations.

Adi in an abandoned funeral home.

Adi in an abandoned building.
Adi also contributed to the TRU crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to view that.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 pasted street art and installations.

Amon in Rosemont.

Aper‘s tribute to MF Doom in a McGill ghetto alley.

Arrow in Pierrefonds.

Art Gang’s Senck and Snipes contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring a piece by Cemz at ground level.
All three writers also have solo work in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Ason in an abandoned building.

Ason in a flooded and iced over collapsed basement.

Ason in an abandoned tunnel.

Axe Lalime at the PSC legal graffiti wall.
Axe also contributed to the K6A wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to view.

Bacer

Beaf’s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Beast

Bosny and Jmoe’s collaboration for the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Bosny in an abandoned building.

Double layer of Bosny on a bridge pillar.
Bosny has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, in solo and with the Gentil Crew.

Bumpr‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Above 4: Full wall and close-ups of a great production featuring Cemz, Zek, Senck and Snipes in the Plateau.
Cemz, Senck and Snipes also worked together on the Art Gang wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to view. Zek, Senck and Snipes also have solo work in this retrospective, scroll down to see that.

Cemz in Ahuntsic.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art under the name Benny Wilding.

Crane on letters and Rouks on character in Pointe St-Charles.

Trackside Crops.

Above 2: Dare full car.

Deep on letters and DMT on owl, in Ville-Marie.
Both have also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, DMT in solo and Deep in a collaboration with Zek (listed under ‘Zek’).

Deep on letters and Hly aka Medusa on character in a Hochelaga alley. Also featuring Repus bottom left.

Deep and Medusa‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.
Medusa has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Dems in a Petite-Patrie alley.

Deps tried his hand to 3D graffiti in 2021. This piece was done at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Desr at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dfek at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He also has made it into this retrospective with a collaboration with Zen, scroll down to view.

Drif.
Scroll down to Nesar for more by Drif in this retrospective.

EK Sept in a Rosemont alley.

EK Sept in a Rosemont alley.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Grils’.

Ekes in an abandoned building.

Ekes on an abandoned wall in the forest.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Ekler‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Estyk on the side of a highway ramp.

F.One in Mercier.
A HSP crew wall featuring F.One also made it into this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Fake in an abandoned building.

Fasi, Pinto, Max, Pest and perhaps more on this section of a multi-artist wall in Hochelaga.

Fault writing Maraud in graffiti alley.

Fioke in an abandoned building.

Fleo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.
Fleo contributed to the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to view.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Fokus in an abandoned building.

Fokus in a Hochelaga alley.

Fokus writing INSPIRE in Petite-Patrie. Notice the real and painted wood.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Giles on an abandoned community centre.

Giles and Syloe representing MG.

Grils in Rosemont.

Grils in Villeray.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.
He of course has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks in the Plateau.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.

Hary in a Rosemont alley.
Hary has work alongside his Lama brothers as well as a contribution to a multi-artist wall make it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art (under ‘Lama’ and under ‘Grils’).

Heras in Rosemont.

Hest and Wuna‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of Canettes de Ruelle. Also visible above are Hob and le Renard Fou.
Wuna and Hob each have solo entries in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Hest‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Hest in a Rosemont alley.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Hoar in a Hochelaga alley.

Hoar in Villeray.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘LTG’ to view.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Grils’.

Hob in an abandoned building.

House

Above 4: Full shot followed by close-ups of the individual pieces of a HSP crew session in Rosemont featuring F.One, Fomer and Ewol.
F.One also has a solo piece in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Jaker and Legal collaboration in the Plateau.
Legal also has 2 solo pieces in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Jaker in a Hochelaga alley.

Jaker in a Ahuntsic alley.

Jask at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Jefa in an abandoned building.

Joule at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

June is a master of those hard to reach spots, here he is on the chimney of a long abandoned building.

The K6A crew‘s contribution to the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Serak, Fleo, Sank, Dodo Osé, Saer, Axe Lalime, Otak and Royal. Check out the latter Under Pressure festival link for close-ups.
Serak, Fleo, Sank, Axe and Royal all have solo pieces in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.
Solo figurative work by Dodo Osé and by Fleo also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Kaps at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Killa EF‘S contribution to a great prod in Petite-Patrie.

Trackside Killa EF.

Killa EF ripping off the Rizla logo.

Klew in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Klor in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Klor in the Plateau.

The 123 Klan’s Klor in Rosemont.

Korb in Rosemont

Korb at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Kores at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Kwun in a Rosemont alley.

Kwun

Legal in a Ahuntsic alley.

Legal in an abandoned building.
Scroll up to Jake for more work by Legal in this retrospecitive.

Louis Letters in an abandoned funeral home.

Louis Letters in an abandoned building.
Louis also contributed to the TRU crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘TRU’ to view that.

The LTG/POM/H2K wall for the 2021 edition of Under Pressure featuring EK Sept, Grils, Hoar, Paynt, Seork, Hozek, Rizek, Haks and Amer. Check out the latter Under Pressure Festival link for close-ups.
EK Sept, Grils, Hoar, Rizek and Haks all have solo walls in this retrospective, scroll to their names to see. Amer also contributed to the TRU crew wall, scroll down to ‘TRU’ for that.
Paynt, Seork, Grils have also made it in solo into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, while EK Sept, Hoar, Rizek and Amer also did, under ‘Grils’.

Makes in Pointe St-Charles.

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

Maniak in Rosemont.

Maniak at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
A character by Maniak appears in the photo of a Resok piece in this retrospective, scroll down to view.

Maps in Hochelaga.

Mask in Lachine.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art with a collaboration with Beaf.

Maysr in Mile End.

Medor in an abandoned building.

Highwayside Meow.

Highwayside Meow.

Trackside Meow.

Merv at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Metz in an abandoned building.
A piece by someone from the Ten’s crew presumed to be Metz also made it into this retrospective. Scroll down to Ten’s Crew to view.

Micer in Rosemont.

Micer in an abandoned building.

Monet on a half abandoned building in Ahuntsic.

Monet

Presumably Monet doing the name of his 90s crew. Also visible above is Gabr who also happens to be in that crew.

Monk.e in a Mile End alley.

Monk.e in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e on letters below mostly figurative work by Grils, in Villeray.
Grils has made it into this retrospective with solo work as well as his contribution to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to see.
Both have also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art with solo work and collaborations.

Moris in an abandoned building.

Myrage in an abandoned building.

Naimo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Naimo‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Neon at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Nero in an abandoned building.

Above 4 photos: full Nesar, Crash and Drif production in Mercier followed by individual pieces.
Drif also has solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to see.

Nesar

Noper in Rosemont.

Nor in an abandoned building.

Nor

Pane in Rosemont.

Pane in an abandoned building.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Peace in a Ahuntsic alley.

Peace in a Rosemont alley.

Peack in Rosemont.

Peyo (top left) and Peack‘s (bottom right) collaboration for the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Peyo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Pito in an abandoned building.

Pito in a Hochelaga alley.

Pito‘s part in a fiery production in Petite-Patrie.

Psycho in Mile End.

Psycho visible from a network of highways.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel right after it had been completely stripped of years of layers of paint and brought back to the original concrete.

Resok in Rosemont.

Resok in Rosemont featuring a character by Maniak who also has name pieces in this retrospective, scroll up to his name to view.

Resok at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art with a figurative collaboration with Eskro and other artists (listed under ‘Eskro’).

Riok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Riot in an abandoned building.

Riot in graffiti alley.

Rival in an abandoned building.

Rival on an abandoned gas station.

Rizek in a Hochelaga alley.

Rizek in Villeray.
He has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘LTG’ to view.
He also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Grils’.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.
He has also contributed to the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘K6A’ to view.

Salé in a Rosemont alley.

Sank at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also guested on the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘K6A’ to view.

Sawr at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

SBU One at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art, in solo and with the Gentil Crew.

Sceak in Rosemont.

Sceak at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Schn in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Scien in Rosemont.

The 123 Klan’s Scien in the Plateau.

The 123 Klan’s Scien in Rosemont.

Senck in Lachine.
Scroll up to Art Gang and to Cemz for more work by Senck in this retrospective.

Serak in a Mile End alley.

Highwayside Serak.
He has also contributed to the K6A crew wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to ‘K6A’ to view.

Serum in a Plateau alley.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shrek at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Simply in a Plateau alley.

Smak in Ville-Marie.

Smak (top), Sober (bottom) and Tchug‘s (character) contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.
Tchug also has a letter piece in this retrospective, scroll down for that.

Snipes in Côte des Neiges.

Snipes in graffiti alley. Scroll up to Art Gang for more by Snipes.

Snok in Lachine.

Soma

Some in Hochelaga.

Stare in the Plateau.

Swik in Rosemont.

Tans on an abandoned community centre.

Tchug in Rosemont.
Scroll up to Smak for more by Tchug in this retrospective.

Someone representing Ten’s crew, perhaps Metz, at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
Incidently, Metz has a piece in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Timer in Rosemont.

The TRU crew wall for the 2021 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Louis Letters, Adi, Kamzer, Tshoko, Boris, Dosk, Amer and guest Lino. Check out the latter Under Pressure link for close-ups.
Adi and Louis Letters both have solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to view. Amer has also contributed to the LTG / POM / H2K wall at Under Pressure, scroll up to see.
Tshoko and Lino both have work make it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art while Amer is also in the latter retrospective under ‘Grils’.

Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Vaper in a flooded and iced collapsed basement.

Voguer in Rosemont.

Wonez in an abandoned building.

Wonez in an abandoned building.

Worm on an abandoned community centre.

Wuna‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Wuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
A collaboration between Wuna and Hest also made it into this retrospective, scroll up to Hest’s name to view.

Zek‘s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Zek‘s part in a fiery production in Petite-Patrie.
Scroll up to Cemz’s name for more by Zek in this retrospective.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Zen in Rosemont.

Zen at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Above 2: Dfek (top photo, left section) and Zen (bottom photo, right section), on a long wall in a Plateau alley.
Dfek has 2 solo pieces in this retrospective, scroll up to view.

Zep in Rosemont.
He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2021 murals and other painted street art.

Zer’s contribution to the 2021 graffiti jam in Lachine.

Zonek’s tribute to Nes who passed away this year.

Zonek full car.

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.