AShop is an artist collective specializing in urban arts, artistic event activations and muralism. The primary objective is to produce large scale public art that speaks and appeals to the population while communicating the artistic direction of each of the participating creatives. While each member of the group has a unique artistic journey, they come together through their passion for urban beautification. This cooperative spirit generates an exceptional artistic atmosphere, which is the basis of their creative process. Each project is approached as a custom collaboration between all members, from conceptualization to final execution, with everyone bringing their ideas, styles, techniques, and experience. It is this collaborative process that makes each tailor-made creation a direct expression of the members of the collective, and the result is innovative projects, dynamic, authentic and reflective of the community and context that they are presented within.
The mural is based on a portrait of Maurice Richard, accompanied by graphic elements. This method of transparency effects presents a technique at the heart of the artist’s practice. Postal style framing adds texture and more pronounced lines. Along with color sepia, framing provides a historical touch and evokes the memories, archive images, and letters hidden in attics. It also allows to present the work as a message, a letter that travels through generations to inspire young people of today. On the left side of the wall, that includes the shed, a street hockey scene with youth recalls that even hockey legends begin in the street. Sure enough, the alley where the wall is located serves as a popular location for youth street hockey in Ahuntsic. The signature of Mr. Richard completes the wall and integrates the color of the Molisana restaurant. The mural was designed and executed by : Dodo Ose and Zek One.