Moving Forward


This energetic mural by Mississaugua-based artist Matt Salisbury is a part of the BMO National Mural Series and breathes life into the BMO Erin Mills Branch. The artwork was inspired by themes of community, diversity, and connects to the heritage of the area.

Project at a Glance

Location: 2825 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga, ON L5M 6J3

Artist: Matt Salisbury

Year: 2022

Project Partner: Commissioned by BMO Financial Group as a part of the BMO National Mural Series

Project Photographer/Videographer: Mila Bright Zlatanovic 

Services: Public Art Management






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About This Project

In Moving Forward, Matt Salisbury animates parts of Mississauga’s iconic skyline and architecture in his signature style, highlighting the growth and energy of the community over the years. It also captures the city’s diversity, as the figures make their way through the shared boardwalk.



















Another important theme is the idea of growth, which is symbolized through the use of floral and plant motifs that flow through the entire artwork and tie all the silhouettes together.

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About the Artist

Matt Salisbury

Matt Salisbury

Lead Artist

Matt Salisbury is a freelance illustrator and art educator based out of Mississauga Ontario. A recent graduate of Sheridan Colleges Bachelor of Illustration program in Oakville Ontario, his passion has always been to draw and create stories to inspire and connect with the community. A strong advocate for mental health, his work explores personal struggles, mental health, familial dilemmas and the LGBTQ+ experience.

As an illustrator his style is a mix of expressionism and figurative art influenced by comics and animation because of the unique visuals created in each medium to tell a story, he incorporates a variety of media approaches into his work including, ink, gouache, charcoal, digital, and mixed media. His focus is on the unique mark-making that comes from unconventional tools to tell the story of the illustration.


STEPS Public Art Management Service is recognized for being iconic, cost-effective and transformational. From murals to sculptures and projection mapping, STEPS produces one-of-a-kind public art installations with partners that meet your needs.

The BMO National Mural Series falls under the public art management service. Visit the project page to see artworks by many talented and diverse artists at different branches across Canada!

Project Partner

These works of art were made possible by BMO in collaboration with STEPS Public Art. BMO’s National Mural Series was designed to create opportunities to celebrate local communities and the people who live and visit them. By working with hyper local artists to design murals with meaning and impact specific to each location, BMO hopes to bring art to locations where artists and community members might not otherwise have an opportunity.

At BMO, we are proud to be partners in these communities, celebrate our customers, and support local artists. These beautiful pieces of art not only express BMO’s values and celebrate diversity they also provide opportunities to surprise and delight those visiting our branches. We look forward to expanding this program and curating many more murals in branches across Canada.

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