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new paintings summer 2013

July 7th, 2013
acrylic on board. 4×5 feet



4x5 acrylic on canvas 4×5 acrylic on board 

new painting 3x4 feet<br />acrylic on canvas
new painting
3×4 feet
acrylic on canvas


MURAL Festival – Montreal, Canada (part 2 )

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Montreal really matured during the MURAL Festival. The high level of quality of all the murals gives an idea of what this city is able to offer to the artists: An incredible visibility and an enthusiastic audience. It’s a gift for all the urban artists that love to share their art in a public space. Here are the completed murals of LabronaGaiaLnyJason BotkinFinDac & Angelina Christina, EnMasseChris Dyer, Paria Crew, and Wzrds gng.








Jason Botkin – and Jeremy Shantz’s car


FinDac & Angelina Christina



EnMasse – with Vilx, Waxhead, Beeforeo, Scaner, Nixon, Dan Buller


Chris Dyer


Paria Crew


Wzrds gng


Wzrds gng

Photos by Aline Mairet

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new mural in montreal

July 3rd, 2013

Labrona and co with a new mural in Montréal, Canada

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Labrona and Gawd

Last fall, Labrona did a mural in the center of the city, in collaboration with MU. He recently decided to finish the bottom of this mural, and invited his friends Gawd, Alex Produkt, and Beeforeo. They painted it freestyle, with out a sketch or plan, and this is the result.

Produkt, Labrona and Gawd

Beeforeo, Labrona, Gawd

Beeforeo, Labrona and Gawd


Photos by Aline Mairet

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James Buxton | Thu, 04/25/2013 – 10:08

Over the past decade, artists have been reclaiming their cities, redecorating their urban environments and redefining the very notion of contemporary art. On abandoned warehouses and derelict buildings, train tracks and highways throughout the world, through the cracks of graffiti sprayed walls, street art has emerged as a global movement, as artists move beyond the letter towards the image. On the fringes of society, across the vast space of the second largest country in the world, Canada has given birth to some of the most versatile and talented artists working in the street today.

Evoke and Labrona are two such artists who defy categorization, equally happy making work on the street, or in the studio. Their unique style and vision has had a profound impact on the last 10 years of street art in Canada. Both artists enjoyed their formative years in Ottawa, home to some of the most respected street artists in Canada. It was here that both artists were first introduced to urban art, through their passion for skating around the city.

Evoke explains, “I mentioned to my sister there’s this crazy guy who pastes mechanical, surreal fish around the city when I was 11 years old. It turned out he lived three seconds away next door. He brought me into the fold really quickly, and introduced me to tons of people.”

For Labrona, it was his good friend, Other, one of Canada’s most prolific and brilliant street artists, who planted the seed in his head. “When he got into tagging in the mid eighties, I tried that for a bit but it didn’t really speak to me. Later on when I saw him doing more figurative stuff, I got more interested. I remember him telling me someone in Texas saw one of my pieces and it blew me away. You paint something in Montreal and someone sees it 3,000 miles away. So I slowly started getting hooked.”

Working outside is not a choice for either artist, it’s a necessity. Street art, by its very nature, is a transient form based upon impermanence, a quality which makes it all the more immediate. Evoke explains, “When you come across something on the street it’s like a raw nerve. The fact that it might be gone in 10 minutes makes you want to suck it all up. You just open your eyeballs and open your heart and enjoy it. Keeping things in a perfect state in a gallery is okay, but things that exist in the real world show the truth of life. It says so much doing it outdoors, the whole environment changes. Everyone can be an urban landscaper this way, it becomes human again, and so the authorities lose power.”

Labrona, who has painted on over 2,000 trains with Markalls (oil paint crayons), believes the transient nature of street art teaches you to let go of things. “I like to think of my work on trains wandering around North America, having adventures until they get painted over or fade away completely.” According to him most of the people writing on trains were actually railroad workers bored on the job. “I don’t explore it in my work, but I am aware of, and greatly appreciate the culture. I like to think of people in other places bumping into my work on trains and being inspired to do something creative.”

Traveling and painting around Canada and the world has allowed each artist to really explore the diversity of life across the rest of the globe. Evoke, now based in Toronto, has hopped on freight trains across Canada from coast to coast nine times, not to mention traveling to 34 countries in total. His work has also led him up to the Northern Territories in the Arctic, where he worked with Inuit communities. “All of a sudden you start thinking, why are people so rich culturally, and in some ways in such a dire situation? I haven’t spent years in the North but I know it’s a beautiful culture which doesn’t separate art from life. Because people were nomads, every tool needed to be strong, have multiple purposes, and be beautiful—because beauty is functionality. I didn’t know this was how my brain was wired. My work was already aiming to create multi-images within one image, and I go to the North and I see this. And when you see the state people are in up there, and you know the pressures from the rest of the world for minerals and fish, you think ‘damn what a scam this government has pulled on them’. This, to me, is one of the greatest driving forces that I’ve felt in my life.”

For Evoke, the Arctic project was about “saying, look young kids, you don’t have to abandon your culture completely for 50 Cent and G Unit, there’s so much of what is yours that’s amazing. That’s all I can really do. I don’t want to bring poisonous spray paint into the Arctic.” Always conscious of the impact his work is having on the planet, Evoke’s next project will feature video projection and natural paints on a 40 foot ice floe in the Arctic!

For Labrona, it’s Montreal, which is now “experiencing a real creative boom. There’s so much stuff going on, and people getting together to make things happen. It’s great to be part of all this action and finally get some exposure at home.” However, Labrona is keen to make a distinction between illegal and legal work. “I think public murals are a way for cities to try and control the illegal aspect of the graffiti and street art movements. For instance if there is a nice mural on a building, it might not get tagged as much and makes the neighborhood look better. That being said, I love painting murals and I am glad for any opportunity to paint. I also love the illegal aspect of street art, the freedom of it. I am trying to add beautiful and thoughtful works to the visual landscape in any way I can.”

Street art, above all, is characterized by its generosity of spirit. It asks for nothing in return, free for anyone to enjoy, and free for any artist to express themselves. Evoke and Labrona’s work turns walls into canvases which seek to free our imagination rather than contain it. Their art gives us the opportunity to spontaneously encounter thought provoking images which brighten and beautify the dull urban environments of our cities. Streets, buildings and trains are now the true contemporary galleries of our society, where the walls don’t just speak, they swear.

You can see Evoke working live at the Alliance Francais of Toronto & the

new paintings 2013-2012ish

April 29th, 2013







Posted on December 17, 2012

“It was an amazing trip!,” says Canadian Street Artist Labrona, who was in Miami for the Art Basel 2012 festivities this month. While there he collaborated on four walls. Two were with the Canadian art collective En Masse, who has been working with a monochromatic palette to allow a multitude of styles to co-exist in the same venue peacefully; drawing attention to the techniques and hand style of the various contributors while presenting unified mural.

“The other two walls were with my long time painting buddy Omen and new painting buddy name Five,” says Labrona. Here are a few shots highlighting his work.

The large monochromatic wall by collective En Masse. Labrona. Wynwood Arts District, Miami. (photo © Labrona)

En Masse . Labrona. Detail. Wynwood Arts District, Miami. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona . Omen . Five. Wynwood Arts District, Miami. (photo © Labrona)



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Omen, Five and Labrona

Omen, Five and Labrona. Click to view large.

Labrona sent over some photos from his time in Miami last month, including some collaborations, work by his friends (Miss Me and Kin), and the latest En Masse wall. En Masse is a collaborative project based in Montreal where artists draw together in black and white, similar to the American project Paint It Now.

En Masse

En Masse. Click to view large.

Labrona and others with En Masse

Labrona and others for En Masse

Labrona and

Labrona and others for En Masse

Miss Me

Miss Me

Miss Me and Kin

Miss Me and Kin

Photos courtesy of Labrona

New paintings end of 2012

November 6th, 2012

Montreal Mural. October 2012

October 30th, 2012

For MU Art.

artist: Labrona
location: Montréal, Canada

image: Aline Mairet

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