Roadsworth began painting the streets of Montreal in the fall of 2001. Initially motivated by a desire for more bike paths in the city and a questioning of “car culture” in general, he continued to develop a language around street markings and other elements of the urban landscape using a primarily stencil based technique. In the fall of 2004 he was arrested for his nocturnal activities and despite the threat of heavy fines, he gained public support for his artwork. Since that time, Roadsworth has received various commissions for his work and continues to be active in both visual art and music.
“Like many ideas we all have i thought about it and never really acted upon it. Then September 11th happened and for some reason i suddenly decided that i had to go and paint bike paths all over the streets.”
“This would supposedly wake everybody up, and make us realize that oil was driving this evil empire and that if we kept continuing at our usual pace our consumption habits would basically ruin us. That was sort of a starting point for me.”
“My original intention was to simply introduce an element of surprise into an otherwise very uniform and predictable environment.”
“One revelation is I think that things happen when you take risks.”
– Peter Gibson