Montreal based collective En Masse are currently in London working on the large scale wall of Village Underground in Shoreditch, East London. A multi-artist collaborative drawing project, EN MASSE (from French) meaning “as a whole”, or “all together”, draws it life from the many creative individuals who take part in each project creating large-scale, highly spontaneous works in black and white.
Originally created by Tim Barnard and Jason Botkin back in 2009, the En Masse project is now under the direction of Botkin and Rupert Bottenberg who have work with nearly 250+ artists internationally. Hookedblog were first introduced to the collectives work back in 2011 by fellow Canadians Andre Bathalon and Yan Cordeau, two of the founders of the Montreal Mural Festival. At that time they were part of SAFEWALLS, an artistic project curated by Cirque du Soleil that sought to bring time-honoured circus posters into the 21st century by pairing up with renowned international street art and lowbrow artists. The project launched in London at the High Rollers Gallery before touring the globe and featured some large scale works from En Masse.
Having recently completed work on a project at the Paris edition of the Chromatic Festival, three of the En Masse collective have been working over the last three days on this huge new black and white mural on the massive Village Underground wall on Holywell Lane. We have stopped by a few times over the last few days to check the progress of the mural and will continue to update this post with images as new goopy characters are added to the mix.
En Masse has now completed work on this fantastic mural, check their work across the entire wall in our updated images below.