I first stumbled upon Robbie Lariviere’s work at NORML down on Rideau St a few years back. A light pink tee with wicked graphics. simple lines, Fall Down sketch on the back, and a woman’s legs spread over the chest. Hands down my favourite tee, ever.
Since then I’ve scoped around at a local skate shops, but it’s been next to impossible to find the line, founded by the Cornwall native. But wait no more, Fall Down Gallery was birthed.
Amped to see what flows of his newly opened Fall Down Gallery. The gallery holds a hodge podge of local and international graffiti artwork and houses the Fall Down brand, flashy snappers and art supplies. Finally an outlet for the talent that we see so much on the streets here in Ottawa, but that has no real representation, save for a few small artist features round the city. Lariviere’s own art has a modern graffiti vibe but a totally fresh perspective. My faves are the Native influenced paintings, piecing together western Canadian style totem faces with strong lines and bold tones.
Pretty sweet too is the fact that they support events round the city, showcasing local artists and promoting creativity in the Ottawa community. Look for bar nights with multi artists, DJs and good times. So far the reception in Centretown has been all positive (as far as I can tell!), people are starting to see graffiti as art and recognition for our local talent is growing.
You can find Fall Down Gallery at 288 Bank Street, just north of Somerset Street, in Ottawa, ON.