Station16 gallery director Emily Robertson told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak that the theft came as a total shock.
“We’re people that trust a lot and we’re passionate about what we’re doing so we expect everyone to feel the same way,” Robertson said.
“This is a huge blow because we just opened in June.”
The heist was discovered by the gallery’s artistic director on a Monday morning, when he realized that several computers were missing. That’s when he checked the stock room and discovered the extent of their loss.
The gallery, which is located on Montreal’s St-Laurent Boulevard, specializes in Montreal street art and graffiti.
“We definitely think this was something that was planned. They targeted specific artists in the gallery instead of just taking a random assortment,” Robertson said.
Fortunately, the art was covered by insurance. Staff say they will be giving the artists full compensation.
Gallery owner Carlo de Luca said they’re still hoping there’s a chance they’ll be able to recover the stolen art.
“With the recognition with artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey, I think Street art is becoming much more valuable and desirable. and I think this is what may have triggered the robbery,” de Luca said.
The gallery is asking the public to help out by keeping an eye out for the stolen pieces.