Bio/CV

FIVE EIGHT is a multidisciplinary artist, born and based in Montreal.  Primarily a painter with a graffiti art background, his style and technique arise from concerns of realism, light, and colour.  His complete body of work includes studio paintings, neon light sculptures, and large-scale murals.

FIVE was apprentice to glass-blower Gerald Collard (Atelier Neon Family), and was assistant to artist Gene Pendon (HVW8 Production House).  FIVE is currently represented by ASHOP and has produced work for LNDMRK, MU and En Masse.  In recent years, he has accepted invitations to participate in festivals in Estonia, Germany, Kosovo, Victoria, Holland, and the United States.

FIVE’s current work depicts his own perceived reality as shaped by his technological environment.  Neon tube lighting was a predominant medium for advertisement, art, and entertainment during the artist’s development into adulthood, and is used in these paintings as the sole source of illumination of the environment and subject.  The image is distorted as though it is being displayed through a visual output devise, the portal through which we not only analyze and interpret information, but which also influences how we analyze and interpret information.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019 – FUTUR, Le Livart, Montreal (Quebec)

2018 – 51416, IlleGallery with Earth Crusher, Toronto (Canada)

2018 – A Portrait Gallery, Propeller Gallery, Toronto (Canada)

2018 – Planification, Galerie Le Sino, Montreal (Quebec)

2017 – De La Rue, National Exposition Centre of Quebec, Saguenay (Quebec)

2016 – Pit Bull, Mainline Gallery, Montreal (Quebec)

2016 – MTLZOO, ArtGang Gallery, Montreal (Quebec)

2016 – Bizarre Beyond Belief, Le Sino Gallery, Montreal (Quebec)

2015 – MTL ZOO, Espace Infopresse, Montreal (Quebec)

2015 – ArtGang launch, ArtGang Gallery, Montreal (Quebec)

2014 – Montreal Mural Festival opening, Station16 Gallery, Montreal (Quebec)

2014 – Fountain Art Fair, with Station 16 Gallery, New York City NY (USA)

2013 – MTL ZOO, Galerie l’Agora, Montreal (Quebec)

2013 – Dems+Doll present a 420 Joint, Falldown Gallery, Ottawa (Canada)

2011 – Freethym, Creatures Creating Gallery, Toronto (Canada)

2011 – BFF, Headquarters Gallery, Montreal (Quebec)

2009 – En Masse, Galerie Pangée, Montreal (Quebec)

Selected Festivals:

2018 – Writer’ Block, City of Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)

2018 – Concrete Canvas, City of Victoria, Victoria (Canada)

2018 – Meeting of Styles, Q’Art, Pristina (Kosovo)

2017 – Mextonia, Nueve Arte Urbano, Tallinn (Estonia)

2017 – La Grande Schmierâge, SJR Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt (Germany)

2017 – Hit the East, East Side Arts, Belfast (United Kingdom)

2017 – POW WOW, Worcester MA (USA)

2017 – Paint the Park, Halifax (Canada)

2016 – Festival MURAL, LNDMRK, Montreal (Quebec)

2015 – Festival MURAL, LNDMRK, Montreal (Quebec)

2014 – Festival Expo Quebec, with ASHOP, Quebec City (Quebec)

2013 – Art Basel, with Wynwood Embassy, Miami FL (USA)

2013 – Festival MURAL with En Masse, LNDMRK, Montreal (Quebec)

2012 – Festival Amalgam, Sherbrooke (Quebec)

Commissions:

2017 – “CB3600”, Private commission, 140”x30”x24”, Montreal (Quebec)

2016 – “Blackburn”, Private commission, 36”x14”, Montreal (Quebec)

2015 – “Red Marble”, Private commission, 36”x24”, Montreal (Quebec)

2015 – “Relativity”, Public commission, 900”×420”, Montreal (Quebec)

2014 – “Sandra”, Public commission, Fort Lauderdale FL (USA)

2014 – “Miami Ad school”, Private commission, 650”x65”, Miami FL (USA)

2014 – “Purple Reign”, Private commission, 240”×300”, Montreal (Quebec)

2014 – “Delta”, Private commission, 38”x28”, Montreal (Quebec)

2013 – “Oliver Jones”, Public commission, 60”x48”, Montreal (Quebec)

2012 – “Cloé La Rouge”, Private commission, 48”×60”, Fort Lauderdale FL (USA)

2012 – “Five”, Private commission, 120”×48” diptych, Fort Lauderdale FL (USA)

Collections:

2014 – “Mediocre Skills”, Colart Collection, Montreal (Quebec)

Grants:

2018 – Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Travel

Media:

2015 – “A Beautiful Mind”, 4AM MAG, Volume 06, pages 30-32

2014 – Baselgeddon: A Novela, Andrew Kaufman, pages 10-11