El Mac (Miles MacGregor) is an internationally renowned artist whose gorgeous large-scale works blur the lines between fine art and graffiti. El Mac began painting with acrylics and painting graffiti in the mid ’90s, when his primary focus became the life-like rendering of human faces and figures. El Mac has since worked consistently toward developing his unique rendering style, which utilizes repeating contour lines reminiscent of ripples, Turing patterns and indigenous North American art.
Gene Pendon has a Bachelor degree in Fine-Arts (drawing and painting) from Concordia University. In 1998, he co founds Heavyweight Production House (HVW8), now based in Montreal and in Los Angeles. He also co creates the Heavyweight Art Installation, an international project that partners live painting to music and to urban cultures.
A unique project honouring an exceptional artist, Leonard Cohen. The mural is the result of a collaboration between two artists: El Mac, the internationally renowned American “street“ portrait artist, and Gene Pendon, a Montreal-based artist with a fine arts degree from Concordia University. Montreal residents and visitors can now admire the city’s largest mural from several key viewpoints.
The mural is a part of MU’s Tribute to Montreal‘s Great Artists series, which includes works honouring Michel Tremblay, Alys Robi, Janine Sutto, Oscar Peterson, Émile Nelligan, Dany Laferrière, and Oliver Jones, among others.
Donors : Brian Levitt, Jonathan Wener, Marcel Elefant, Sari Hornstein, Rossy Family Foundation, J. Gerry Shapiro, Murray Dalfen