Montreal is a city where you will find art everywhere, from the murals that adorn our buildings to the music in the street and metro stations. Who wouldn't want to carry a piece of the city with them? That is why Nathon Kong has teamed up with Tourisme Montréal to harness the creative energy of the city and tell the stories of the community with fashion that is as meaningful as it is artful. We collaborate with different Montreal organizations and artists to make exclusive artworks into something you can wear. Scroll to the end of this article to learn about the mission of Nathon Kong.
History in the Walls of Montreal: Rafael Sottolichio's Façades
Rafael Sottolichio is a Montreal painter of Chilean origin whose mainly figurative work emphasizes the contrasts between figurative statements and matter, texture, and abstraction. Tourisme Montréal commissioned the organization MU to create the Façades mural on 1134-1140, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest as part of Tourisme Montréal's 100th anniversary celebration. Like many of the murals in Montreal, Façades is a piece that gives Montreal tourists a sense of the city's spirit. This bouquet of flowers evokes the dynamism of the city and celebrates the resilience and creativity of Montrealers. The trompe-l'oeil facades are a testament to Montreal's built heritage, while the blue background and coloured shapes are complemented by images that recall the city's visual iconography. The heterogeneous nature of the forms—some recognizable, others purely abstract—evokes the complexity of the world in which we live and encourages passers-by to see the world differently, beyond the façades. With the Façades mural, the friendly and festive spirit of Montrealers will continue to shine well beyond the pandemic.
Joy & Art on the Horizon of Montreal: Max Noiseux's Champlain Bridge at Sunrise.
This painting by Max Noiseux was inspired by both an architectural and natural wonder in the city of Montreal: the skyline over Champlain bridge during the sun rise. The brush strokes imitate smiley faces over the sky to symbolize the artful and joyful city that is Montreal. It gives hope for better years to come, especially after the Pandemic.
Who are we? Nathon Kong
Nathon Kong is a Montreal designer whose values are shared by telling a story through works of art. Art and innovation are at the heart of each creation, from custom made suits designed with 3D technology to fashion accessories. His work has been featured in art festivals across North America and internationally, which included his participation in the fashion exhibit Montreal Couture alongside Thierry Mugler at the Fine Art Museum of Montreal in 2019.
Nathon Kong donates 10% of all proceeds from this collaboration to Les Impatients, a non-profit organization that supports people with mental health troubles through therapeutic art classes. When you wear a creation by Nathon Kong, you share the story of the art piece while making a positive impact in the community and with local artists.
Discover Montreal with Tourisme Montréal
Explore Montreal Art & Culture
As you can see, Montreal is full of artists from diverse backgrounds doing creative work in the city. Art is present in our galleries, on the walls of our buildings, and in our fashion design. See everything you can while staying in Montreal and take a piece of the city home with you.
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