LABRONA

Une institution de l’art sur train Canadien, Labrona est actif depuis la moitié des années 90. Après avoir grandi à Ottawa, il s’installe à Montreal, où il vit depuis dix ans. Ses inspirations sont diverse et variées, mais notamment les figures religieuses. Son travail est facilement reconnaissable par sa palette minimaliste et ses personnages géométriques. Très devoué au street art, sa presence dans les rues provoqua une grosse demande de toiles qui occupe desormais la majorité de son temps. Recemment, Labrona fut très occupé par diverses expositions entre l’Europe et New York, laissant des marques de son passage avec toujours plus de projets.

An institution of Canadian train art, Labrona has been painting since the mid-nineties. Growing up in Ottawa, he later moved to Montréal where he has been living for over ten years. Drawing inspiration from several key sources, notably religious icons. His work is quickly recognised by his minimalist palette and his geometric characters. Although he is very much devoted tostreet art, Labrona’s increased presence within the art world has led him to an increased demand of canvases, which now occupy much of his time. In recent years, Labrona has been busy with art shows in Europe and New York, leaving his mark along the way, with more projects under way.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/labrona/

Credits photos : Adrien Fumex & Adi Khavous

ROADSWORTH

Between 2001 and 2004, annoyed by the lack of bike paths and the state of the roads, Roadsworth decided to bring attention to these issues, becoming one of the most important Montréal street artists until his arrest and loss of anonymity. He gained notoriety for his clever modifications of street markings via white and yellow stencils. By adding and rearranging various elements, he not only created a playful urban landscape but also brought the viewer to rethink his environment. Though few, if any, of these original works remain,  these capers brought the artist a significant following which, through their support during his trial, would have helped to significantly reduce his sentence. They have also opened for him the doors of the art world, offering projects and collaborations which he might not have had the opportunity of otherwise. Roadsworth continues to this day to hone his craft and create art.

Brad Firmino

Creator of Press Start Project. Inspired simultaneously by art and by video games, the series plays with both themes through several different mediums, using oils, acrylics and digital graphics as well as approaches, touching impressionism, pop art and neo-classicism. Self taught, Growing up in Vancouver, Brad was inspired by the reflections on rain-soaked streets, and feels their effect on his artwork to this day. Now living in Montreal, he draws inspiration from his new city, and the influence of both is expressed in his paintings. His work is a reminder that life is enjoyable and rich. With it’s colorful, playful aesthetic, he awakens the inner child within us all.

http://enjoyartwork.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Arpi

Originaire du milieu du graffiti à Montréal, Arpi a su laisser sa marque sur le paysage visuel de la ville. Ayant l’impression, en grandissant, que l’école ne menait qu’aux 9 à 5 et que le boulot désenchante, il choisit un parcours plus bohémien. Il vit de sa passion. Avec le temps, en travaillant vis-à-vis des propriétaires d’immeubles, plutôt qu’en adversaire, il se sensibilise à leur propriété et change d’approche, optant pour des œuvres inspirantes plutôt que déprimantes, remplaçant les propriétés privées par des espaces abandonnés, en hauteur, ou tout simplement inusités. Aujourd’hui, avec l’aide du Café Graffiti, Arpi a su transformer son art parfois destructeur en source de beauté, créant des murales colorées et joviales à travers la ville et en travaillant sur toile. Se sentant privilégié de vivre de sa passion, Arpi transmet à travers l’univers visuel son amour pour la vie.

IcorpoRAPEtion!!! We Steal Genuine Art!

In 2011, Chevrolet Canada launched their national campaign for the new Chevrolet Sonic. Created By MacLaren McCann and Cossette, it features images of graffiti created by numerous artists during the 2010 edition of the Under Pressure festival…The only problem was, they didn’t pay for it !

Since,
Chevrolet Canada retracted and erased the evidence of all promotional materials including other branding assets throughout the country, representing millions of dollars! Even after taking notice of their errors, only one high profile and reputable artist in their eyes has received payment for damages concerning the intellectual property and copyright infringements leaving 25 other artists unpaid for the use of their work.

After investing hundreds of thousands of more dollars to replace their campaign, Chevrolet Canada, MacLaren McCann and Cossette continue to exploit graffiti, it’s community and our culture… Without first resolving the settlements with the artists they originally stole from and who’s rights they abused….

Ironically, to this very day Chevrolet’s parent company based out of the United States continues to support and pay graffiti and street artits who are involved in the promotion of the 2012 Sonic…

This video was a response to their actions!!!

Beaux Degats # 1

BEAUX DÉGÂTS

Comfortably protected behind glass, far enough from reach, secured by alarms and surrounded by security guards, art pieces are well kept in the world of fine arts. As artistic institutions share the idea that art should be guarded forever, here we see things differently, and the streets even more so. It might seem cruel, but in the world of graffiti and street art, it is a normal, accepted, and regular phenomenon. Art is being destroyed and replaced by the next piece.

The Beaux Dégâts event tends to create a parallel between the reality of our artists and the fine arts world. Comfortably set up in the space, the artists took two hours to complete an artwork inspired by an artistic movement. These pieces are exposed at the gallery, but without being overly protected. During the event, the spectators got to vote on their favorite piece by dropping their empty cans of PABST in a garbage can next to their group of choice. The collective with the most votes got to tag its competitors’ pieces with an invasive can of red paint. As in the street, art at Fresh Paint is temporary, volatile, and always accessible to the public.

Congratulations to all the participating team and to the winning collective Iron Axe – Montrealistik, Axe, Saer & Zoltan.

Bien à l’abri derrière une vitre, assez loin pour que personne ne puisse y toucher, protégées par des alarmes et entourées de gardiens, les oeuvres d’art sont bien conservées dans le monde des beaux arts. Alors que les institutions artistiques laissent croire que les oeuvres doivent être conservées à jamais, ici c’est différent et dehors ce l’est encore plus. Ça peut sembler cruel, mais dans le monde du graffiti et du street art, c’est un phénomène courant, normal et accepté. Les oeuvres sont saccagées puis remplacées par d’autres.

L’événement Beaux Dégâts tend à faire un parallèle avec la réalité de nos artistes de la rue et le monde des beaux arts. Bien confortablement installés dans l’espace, les artistes ont passé deux heures à créer une oeuvre inspirée d’un grand mouvement artistique. Ces oeuvres sont exposées dans la galerie, mais sans y être surprotégées. Les spectateurs présents lors de l’événement ont voté pour leur oeuvre préférée à l’aide de canettes de bière PABST vide, puis le groupe collectant le plus de canettes a pu saccager les oeuvres de ses compétiteurs. Comme dans la rue, l’art à Fresh Paint est temporaire, éphémère et toujours accessible au public.

Félicitations à toutes nos équipes participantes et aux gagnants Iron Axe – Montrealistik, Axe, Saer & Zoltan.

Expo: Out For Fame

The new exhibit, Out For Fame, is now open to the public.

Artists: K6A, Mr. DuponT, Timer, LaFonz, Thes, Maysr, Scan, Produkt, Nixon, Gawd, Labrona

GAWD

Gawd has been an important part of Montréal’s street art community since the nineties. His signature use of lines and friendly, rounded spaces are reminiscent of early graffiti faces. He partook in New York art shows in early 2011 and continues to expose his work at different venues in Montreal.