Ashop Mural: The Fountain of Bartholdi

Dodo Ose

13'H x 32'W

Acrylic and Aerosol

Painted between august 24th and september 3rd, 2016

1871 St-Catherine West, Montreal, Quebec

This mural was inspired by the Fountain of Bartholdi, an icon of the artist's hometown. The original sculpture is located at Place Des Terreaux in downtown Lyon. It was created by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and was inaugurated in 1982. It represents France and her four rivers.
In Dodo Ose's interpretation, the horses emerge from an aquatic abstraction inspired by the shapes and movement of his graffiti lettering. Complex textures were created with a paintbrush and aerosol technique. The mural represents a childhood memory of the artist. A memory inspired by the grandiose sculpture located near the home he grew up in.

Ashop mural: The Siren Of St-Vallier

Ankh One and Dodo Ose

20'H x 50'W

Acrylic and Spraypaint

Painted between July 27th and august 3rd 2016

6560 St-Vallier, Montréal, Québec

Inspired by the fluidity and texture of the Symbolist movement, an eminent woman is interlaced dynamic draperies. Floating in an imaginary space, she is crowned by the constellations. These celestial ornaments represent the dreamworld. Her majestic robe trails for the entire 50 feet of the mural and explodes into a multicolored beam of light and energy. The rich tapestry of brightly coloured shapes are interlaced with more illustrative components and graffiti lettering to give a good balance of textures and movement.

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Ashop Crew in Los Angeles

We recently flew out the whole crew to Los Angeles for our #DegreesOfPerfect projet.
We could have just lounged around the shopping district or the beach like every other tourist, but thats not how we roll. Instead we linked up with the local graff veterans and got busy painting a gigantic 152' long mural. It is located at The Container Yard in the Art District.
Everyone who worked on #DegreesOfPerfect came through and rocked a piece, as well as a few other Ashop Crew troopers. This includes Ankh One, Earth Crusher, Benny Wilding, Dodo Ose, Fluke, Zek One, Scien and Klor (123Klan), Bacon and Slick. We also had the honour of welcoming local OG's, Sleeps and Prime, who we linked up with through Slick.

The artwork is directly inspired by the big city of dreams. A sultry model bathes in a rich tapestry of graffiti and local scenery. The bear is the symbol of California, whereas the police helicopter is the official national bird. Squad cars explode in a flurry of movie-set pyrotechnics. Of course we had to have a lowrider cruising through the desert, in respect to the local customs and traditions. A latin style crystal skull is also a nod to the cultural heritage of the area.

Everyone made us feel so welcome during our stay, and the parties were epic. From our own #DegreesOfPerfect launch to the Container Yards 2nd anniversary bash. A huge shout out to Ash, Landon, Todd, Laura and Cartwheel Art. An extra special shout out to Big Dick's Hardware for the paint supplies.

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A'shop Mural: Maurice ''The Rocket' Richard

Zek One and Dodo Ose

27'H x 36'W

Acrylic and spraypaint

Painted between October 18 and 27th, 2015

1014 Fleury East.

The conceptual approach to this project is inspired by the mood of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood.

We chose to create a mural with a contemporary composition, but has a sober and mature aesthetic akin to a historical mural. A large portrait of Maurice Richard is supported by geometric patterns that give a modern flair to the wall. These elements are created with a transparency technique that is unique to Zek One.

A postal frame adds a more pronounced structure to the composition. It also gives the feel ofarchive photos, memoirs and letters hidden in dusty attics. It adds to the historical touch of the mural which is also showcased using a "sepia" color palette associated with archive footage. The postal frame is also used to present the work as a message. A letter of sorts, that travels across the generations to inspire the young people of our time.

On the left side of the wall, a street hockey scene with young people reminds us that even hockey legends began in the streets. Mr. Richard was indeed a hero of the people, and nothing communicates that message better that the tradition of passing on hockey knowledge to the youth. Sure enough, the alley where the mural is located served popular place for street hockey kids of Ahuntsic. In addition, the restaurant where the mural was painted (La Molisana) was frequented by the hockey legend.

Mr. Richard's signature completes the wall in the same colours of the Molisana canopy in order to integrate the mural with its environment.

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The inauguration was amazing! The Richard family was present, in addition to Habs veteran Réjean Houle. Maurice Richard 's childhood team, the Ahuntsic Braves also participated in game of floor hockey.

A big thank you to all our partners for this project :

The City Of Montreal, Prevention Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Ford Québec and Bombingscience.

A'shop Mural: The Street Cat

Dodo Ose and Ankh One

44'H x 38"L

Acrylic and  Aerosol

Painted between october 5th and 16th, 2015

1647 Ste-Catherine O (corner Pierce)

This mural, painted with the help of our partners: Innovation Youth , the City Of Montreal and Bombingscience , is located in the heart of downtown Montreal. Inspired by its urban environment, it represents our favorite citizen. Lurking in graffiti and poster filled back alleys, our street cat finds adventure on every corner. Under the superficial layers of perception, a world of beauty and excitement is his hidden home.

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