In an residential section of Montreal,
below: A boy with a slingshot by mateo
below: Large mural of woman by Drew Merritt
below: The garbage always leaks before you can get rid of the bag! A trashy Daught calm sticker.
below: Knome with an expression of alarm. a cute little sketchnate puppy and urban ninja squadron sprouted big ears when tbonez teamed up with srats (sketchrats). All on the side of a Canada Post mail box.
below: 1. The woman with a heart for an eye (got her eye on love?) looks like the work of Italian street artist c_ska. It also looks like she’s taking her temperature. Another c_ska sticker is a naked backside (or is it?) on top of an urban ninja squadron. Yes, you can make jokes about being on top. 2. Talking about jokes, playing on words is daught calm’s ‘be a tuber’ YouTube dig. I guess that’s better than being a potato. 3. The little orange guy, pizza guy? pizza face? is by sketch nate.
below: Red chick light bulb, lites creation.
below: Morbid, Icey, etc. along with the bearded face of No love; Alone boy in black and white by ozokoh. And of course, don’t worry. It took a while… but see that grey face and its mysterious signature? It’s a lino print by Brian (aka bodh.io)
This post is a selection of stickers and paste ups (wheatpaste) that I saw in Montreal in the past few days.
below: A @dysastrophy bunny with a gas mask and a painted hand grenade.
below: Paste ups at number 4. That hand is reaching past the butterfly and flowers towards the door handle.
below: That’s supposed to be a green and purple Frida Kahlo and she’s saying something: “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.“
below: “No man camps” says the sign. This is a protest sticker, as the yellow words on his jacket, Wetsuweten strong, suggest. It references their complaints and protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
below: A pink man by labrona
below: Another labrona head, in shades of orange this time.
below: Two turtlecaps with a heart between them.
below: A hand drawn sticker signed by Bonnie
below: Superman Bear in Montreal – a sticker by G. Knight (Graffiti Knight)
below: The Kiddist out and about with his camera
below: Any idea of what these men are carrying?
below: Little white ghost pretending to be something he’s not while he collects lost claws. Actually, lost claws is the name of the artist.
below: An elephant with a few cans of beer already consumed so he says “I won’t remember you”. This is another lost claws creation.
below: Waxhead sticker
below: An encounter with a couple of cowboys, a poster by someone with a signature that I haven’t been able to decipher.
below: A selection of paper wheatpaste in varying conditions. The blue ice cream in melting. The bottom left is another waxhead paste up….. And then there are some from TCF (the chosen few) including squiggles from forge fury, Tbonez (urban ninja squadron) is on his phone, and lastly a roc roc birdie by ROC(514) is starting to peel off.
below: Remnants, left over from better times.
below: Play your truth
below: “May an Old Song Open an Old Door” is a bright mural that catches your attention as you approach the entrance to Montreal’s Chinatown at Rene Levesque Blvd and St. Laurent. A woman holding a yellow lily stands between two red masks, one represents optimism for the future and the other represents nostalgia for a past left behind.
below: A close up of the opera singer in the center of the mural that was produced by MU and painted by Gene Pendon and Bryan Beyung in 2015. MU is an organization whose “mission is to beautify the city of Montreal by creating murals that are anchored in local communities.”
below: A more traditional Chinese painting based on calligraphy
below: “Salut Gilles” by Benny Wilding, a tribute to F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve. Unfortunately, a lot of it has been tagged over including the painting of the racing car.
below: Serving up noodles with a giant ladle.
‘Eros & Psyche’ is a large mural painted by Greek artist insane51 as part of Montreal’s 2019 Mural Festival. It is designed to be viewed with 3D glasses. Painted in blues is the ‘exterior’ of a woman while the skeleton and brain are shown in reds.
In Greek mythology Psyche was the goddess of the soul and the wife of Eros, the god of love. Eros, also known as Cupid (in Latin, or Roman mythology), was the son of Aphrodite and he was always throwing arrows to people in order to hit their heart and make them fall in love. Psyche was the youngest daughter of a king; she was more beautiful than any goddess. The story of Eros and Psyche is long and a bit convoluted. It involves prophesies, happiness followed by betrayal and heart ache but of course it has a fairy tale ending, Psyche becomes immortal, and the couple live happily ever after.
Librairie Henri-Julien, on the corner of Villeneuve and Henri-Julien, has three walls of colourful murals. On the east side of the building is this waxhead and cryote (aka Sebastian Millar) painting – Protector of the sacred texts in the citadel of yellow pencils.
below: Carrying a lot of books on her head!
below: A five-eyed cat, parrot….
below: blue cats, pink cats, and a puppy blossom by cryote.
below: This large mural by M.C. Baldassari is at one end of the lane, at Prince Arthur.
below: The very bottom part of the mural
As you walk down the lane, there are a number of older murals along with a lot of graffiti.
below: A Waxhead creation
below: A blue eye on the door. With a smaller eye drawn inside it.
below: Some of the murals have been tagged over. Parts of the pink animals (and blue dog) are still peeking out above the mess.
Klone Yourself mural, from the 2016 Montreal MuralFest, features two black and white striped upside down human-like figures
below: The hand on the sidewalk that supports the figures.
below: The figures take up the whole of the side of the house (4 storeys?) and are marvelously placed. Their feet are against the roof and the windows of the building are their faces. One figure is resting a hand on the corner of a window.
Klone Yourself is a Ukrainian artist who lives in Tel Aviv Israel.
below: Two women tending a garden, watering, and planting trees under the night sky while it snows on the mountain top.
In 2017, there Last year, there were 346 officially designated ruelles vertes, representing about 69 kilometres of laneway, in Montreal. One of these alleys is in the vicinity of Milton and Parc.
below: Two murals by Kael Paradis – the first blue triangle shapes on red
below: The second Paradis mural is “La Fete des Voisins”, a winter scene
below: A tree of words, words such as diversity, art, croissance, foi, loving, fierte, desprit, and many more positive statements.
below: The same tree, but more of it. Multilingual too.