A Cardinal on Rue Masson

This gorgeous red cardinal is seen all over our Canadian landscape, from the countryside to the urban playgrounds in our cities. I chose this particular bird because of what it represents – according to Spiritual Astrology, Tarot & Metaphysical Studies, the Cardinal represents renewed vitality and the recognition of self-importance.

Another element to my design is the flowers. All flowers have meanings associated with them and are a part of the most important occasions in our lives. They are conspicuously present on birthdays, funerals, graduation, weddings, etc. forming an integral part of our lives. Some flowers have religious significance too. In this case, the flowers I chose pertain to the spirit of Rue Masson – The Daffodil symbolizes regard and chivalry. It is indicative of rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life. A bunch of daffodils indicate joy and happiness. The Iris symbolizes eloquence and is symbolic of wisdom, faith and hope.

All these elements are framed and gathered while not restrained within a triangle. The design of a triangle is meant to guide your eye from left to right and upward. In a more spiritual significance, the triangle here is a symbol of strength and courage, elevating you, sending you upward toward the sky – rising above all!

Hommage à Morrisseau

This is my latest mural, an hommage to Norval Morrisseau.

It was produced by @mumtl for @mbamtl special thanks to our partners for making it happen – arrondissement de Ville Marie, Ville de Montréal, Destination Centre- Ville, le Musée des beaux arts de Montréal and to my lovely assistant @corinne_lachance.

MU is a charitable non-profit organization whose mandate is to transform Montreal’s public spaces by creating murals that are rooted in local communities. MU’s projects are designed to promote the democratization of art and local development. Over the past seven years, MU has produced 70 large-scale murals in 15 neighbourhoods of Montreal.

In order to revitalize this heavily vandalized sector, MU initiated the creation of murals on the theme of fine art that have a graffiti or “street art” aesthetic. I was asked to do the first intervention, a stylistically influenced by Norval Morisseau, an artist whose works are held in the Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection.

Norval Morrisseau (1932 – 2007) was an Aboriginal Canadian artist. The subjects of his art were the myths and traditions of the Anishnaabe people, the cultural and political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles, and his deep spirituality and mysticism. His style is characterized by thick black outlines and bright colors.

During his incarceration, he attended a local church where he was struck by the beauty of the images on stained-glass windows. Some of his paintings, like Indian Jesus Christ, imitate that style and represent characters from the Bible with native features.

He was known as the “Picasso of the North”. He founded the Woodlands School of Canadian art and was a prominent member of the “Indian Group of Seven”.

At the age of 19, Morrisseau became very sick. He was taken to a doctor but his health kept deteriorating. Fearing for his life, his mother called a medicine-woman who performed a renaming ceremony: She gave him the new name Copper Thunderbird.

According to Anishnaabe tradition, giving a powerful name to a dying person can give them new energy and save their lives. Morrisseau recovered after the ceremony and from then on always signed his works with his new name using Cree syllabics.

 

MURAL Festival Art Fair 2016

My sparrows are my latest work for deiNeri’s stand’ART. They were on exhibit at this year’s (June 2016) MURAL Festival Art Fair held at Le Capitol-Espace Infopresse at 4310 Saint Laurent, Montréal QC.

The Art Fair brought together myself, Montreal artist OMEN and 9 other exhibitors: Galerie Bloom (Montréal), Station 16 (Montréal), #Hashtag Gallery (Toronto), Artêria Art Gallery (Bromont), Galerie D’Este (Montréal), Galerie C.O.A (Montréal), Artgang Montreal (Montréal), Colagene (Montréal, Paris) and the magazine esse arts + opinions

deiNERI is a new and innovative Montreal-based company. Its stand’ART is a new product that combines art and design to offer new possibilities which are as much practical solutions to challenges of privacy, separating spaces and managing flow, as much they contribute beautification, aesthetic and emotional expression to any space.  stand’ART is great in interior scapes, gardens, parks, city streets, lobbies of commercial buildings, office waiting rooms and more.

See more about my art at deiNERI.

The Crow Takes Centre Stage

Wall art, public art, urban art or street art has evolved! It started as an underground movement linked to the hip-hop culture. At one time, it may have been called illegal art, graffiti art and even wall therapy.

Now, it’s international festivals in many major cities (Montreal, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Dallas, Lima, Buenos Aires and more), with artists who have fine-arts degrees. Google’s Art Project has dedicated a web site to Street Art. When the festivals are over, they leave behind revitalized neighbourhoods, more tourism and increased access to art in an engaging, open-air museum.

I have created a number of large-scale, street-art creations on walls in both Montreal an Miami both individually and collaboratively.

In 2015, I was humbled to be chosen as one of only 10 Quebec artists to participate in Montreal’s Mural International Art Festival. Another 10 artists were international talents. St-Laurent Blvd. was closed between Sherbrooke Street and Mount Royal Avenue for a record 11 days, as artists produced their works.

I chose to paint The Crow. I’ve been fascinated by crows since I was a child. They’re often regarded as evil omens, messengers of prophecy or even birds of death — I was trying to take that all away so people could see how amazingly beautiful crows really are. Hopefully, by allowing The Crow’s beauty to shine in happy, positive light and color, all our childhood fears would fall by the wayside. Then people might not be so negative about crows.

Thousands of visitors, aided by a site map (3522 St. Dominique, Montreal), admired the progress of the wall-works. They walked on their own or as part of guided tours that included films as well as visits to market stalls and street art galleries. Many Montrealers were introduced to my work and became fans. They captured The Crow on their phones and cameras and tweeted or re-tweeted it, facebooked it, blogged it or instagramed it. Carle Bernier-Genest, well-known blogger on his site, “C’est toi ma Ville”, writes about the City of Montreal – its beauty, pleasures, diversity and future. He said,”Le Corbeau de Melissa Del Pinto (MURAL 2015) est un véritable bijou. Elle réussit à nous faire admirer cet oiseau, qui autrement nous laisse indifférent, sinon craintif. Une œuvre, qui réussit à nous faire sortir du ‘cadre’ social habituel, est une œuvre importante.”

Many people stopped by personally to tell me how much they admired my work. On June 14, 2015 Bono was one of them. Bono is the lead vocalist of the rock band U2 as well as a singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman and internationally-renowned philanthropist.

Mural 2

Please visit my Street Art Gallery to see more!

En Masse

I am a member of En Masse, a Montreal-based, multi-artist collaborative drawing project.

En Masse, currently under the direction of Botkin and Rupert Bottenberg, was started in 2009 and has worked with over 250 international artists. It draws life from the many creative individuals who take part in the projects that create large-scale, highly spontaneous drawings in black and white. EN MASSE explores the creation of a collective vision; works created together that are greater than any one person could create alone.

I participated in numerous projects with other En Masse artists – Chuchai; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Michel de la Cheneliere Studio; Excalibur, Fima; The Salon Masse group exhibition at Galerie Pangée in Montreal; Studio 301; Surface Jalouse; Miami Scope and Fountain Art Fair and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts  Big Bang exhibit.

In December 2011, En Masse was invited to participate in the Miami Scope and Fountain Art Fair. Since 1970, Art Basel’s three fairs – in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach – rank as the premier shows of their kind, presenting 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective. Their reputation for showing high quality work has attracted leading international galleries and collectors, offering visitors the most important art from around the world.

In 2012, En Masse was again in Miami and completed the large monochromatic wall (pictured below) in the Wynwood Arts District.

Please see more En Masse pictures and videos by visiting my Street-Art Gallery.

Florida 2013

“Fattal” Attraction

The Chromatic Festival was conceived as an annual Montréal arts party/festival designed to showcase art and artists. It organizes special events and takes art out of traditional spaces and introduces it into places that one might not expect.

In the summer of 2015, part of the Festival was held in Saint Henri area, near the Fattal lofts. The lofts are home to a variety of Montreal artists, many of those within the punk community and others hoping to preserve an alternative lifestyle.

I was invited to do a mural. Unfortunately, the festival organizers had not cleared the painting-over of the wall that was assigned to me. So, when I started prepping for my artwork, some people were understandably upset. Understandably, some local residents saw me as not respecting the art of the graffiti artist. The unwritten rule of graffiti artists is not to touch or vandalize public artwork.

I went ahead with my art piece and completed my Montreal Pigeon, a bird that is the standard in all major cities. The pigeon is in flight, raising the hopes, dreams and spirits of the Fattal community.

Sharing the Space

I noticed, a few months later, that the graffiti art had partly made its way back to the bottom of the wall. I am ok with that. The unknown graffiti artist repainted his art but also respected my pigeon. I see it as sharing the wall-space.

 

Please see more pictures by visiting my Street-Art Gallery.