Posts Tagged With: Art


While on the subject of the gorgeous art on the buildings in the city of Montréal, I thought I’d show a bit of the contrast. In the previous post (, I showed a side of the city’s art that is represented in a very rebellious way. Commonly, it’s thought of more as graffiti and “defemation” of public property. This is not necessarily always the case, but the style represents those ideals, along with many other. The indivuduals choose, of course, whether they subscribe to any of them. You will find a lot of words, messages or “tags” in this kind of street art. Sometimes it’s political, other times it is anarchist and every so often, it’s an alter-ego that someone has created for his or herself.


Another style of street art found in Montréal is a more traditionally artistic style, with few letters/writing. The message is the image, whether it’s people, animals, arcitechture, objects, fantasy… Anything you can draw is included! Often with this style, you see shading and definition in the images, but they tend to look more 2 dimentional in comparison with some style of graffiti art, intended to seem 3D. In Montréal, I noticed that the graffiti style was found a lot more in common areas, like parking lots, or buildings near parks or Metro stations. The more refined art is often found on main streets, be it doors of a store or the side of an apartment building. The most common spot, with often the most intricate pieces, were found on corners leading to an alleyway. The photograph below is a great example of that, found in the Plateau if memory serves me correctly.

Street art found in Montreal in the summer of 2012 in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.

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One of my favourite things about the immensely cultural city of Montréal is the sheer amount of graffiti and street art on almost every street. I took the below photograph the second night that I was in the city and honestly, if it wasn’t so early in the pictures, I might have completely over-looked it because I took so many pictures of the fabulous art lining the buildings around town. Many of the images are closer to a massive canvas painting rather than graffiti, so to call it anything but art would be an injustice. No matter whether you’re into visual arts such as painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, or any other type of art like music, theater, or dance… Montréal is the place to be in the summer time!

On the streets of Montréal, a common sight is the graffiti, street art and paintings that line the many buildings. This was a parking lot, which is where you are likely to find images closer to graffiti. On the sides of restaurants or stores, especially on corners to alleys, you’ll see the more artistic and canvas style images.


To check out a different style of street art found in Montreal, check out:

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Quincy, Washington

At Sasquatch! Music Festival, if you are lucky enough to have a car, you’ll likely spend some time in Quincy. It’s the nearest town to the Gorge Amphitheater and during a 4+ day festival, you’re bound to run out of supplies. Or in our case, have allergies and asthma problems you need to venture into town to find medication.


The turn off from the Washington State Route – 281 back to the direction of the venue was a bit hidden, so they added this landmark and even though I was the driver, I stopped the car to take this picture. Every time we passed by it, I was a bit distracted, trying to figure out the reason the vehicle is upside-down. Sure, it’s an eye-catcher, but when you think about it, it’s art. As an artist would say, “But what does it mean?”

The landmark at the turn from the Washington State Route 281 back to the direction of the Gorge Amphitheater. This photo was taken on Saturday May 26, during Sasquatch Music Festival down the road.

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Along my travels, I’ve seen and capture much street art, especially on the island of Ireland, both in the Republic of and the Northern area. In Dublin, I took a photograph of this bit of art and I love the way it turned out, with the sharp detail and stark contrast.

Dublin street art in late August of 2011.

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