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Wall Murals of Balik Pulau, Penang   1 comment


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Balik Pulau’s Silversmith Wall Mural by Ernest Zacharevic completed on November 25. 2014.
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The Silversmith Mural is a mural “drawn” by Ernest Zacharevic in Balik Pulau. It was painted or rather crafted by the Lithuanian artist using a method he called “reverse graffiti” methodology. Completed on 25 November, 2014 and it was executed by removing off certain portions of the existing coat of grim and dirt on the wall. The image is washed out of the aged wall using a water pressure pump. This wall mural is Mr Zacharevic’s last piece of creative work for the Urban National Project of Urban Xchange Art Festival in Penang. The subject of the mural is based on a local retired silversmith of Balik Pulau, and hence the wall mural is popularly known as the Balik Pulau’s Silversmith Wall Mural.
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Balik Pulau (literally meaning back of the island) is a town in Penang, Malaysia. This small town is most famous for the durians during the durian fruit season and reputed to produce the best durians in Malaysia.

Monday is not a good day to visit Balik Pulau as most shops in the wet market are closed. Anyway we were there to shoot two current wall murals by the female Russian street artist Julia Volchkova, 28, who was born in Siberia, Russia and also Silversmith Wall Mural by Ernest Zacharevic. The two wall murals are namely “Fisherman” and “Silat” – the Malay Martial Art.
She also painted the wall murals of an Indian boatman at Stewart Lane, the child at Prangin Road and Indian woman in prayers at Lumut Lane, George Town, Penang. Currently from the local residents, she is taking a rest after the visit from her mother.
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Fisherman. The Mural in Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia. Street artist is Julia Volchkova.
Fisherman. ‪#‎volchkova‬ ‪#‎volchkovaart‬ ‪#‎juliavolchkova‬ ‪#‎streetart‬ ‪#‎art‬ ‪#‎artist‬ ‪#‎graffiti‬ ‪#‎mural‬ ‪#‎fisherman‬ ‪#‎balikpulau‬ ‪#‎penangstreetart‬ ‪#‎penang‬ ‪#‎malaysia‬
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Silat – martial arts of the Malay Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Silat – not just combat. It also dance to the accompaniment of folk instruments. contact: instagram volchkovaart https://www.facebook.com/volchkovastreetart/ volchkovaart@gmail.com
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Silat. Mural. Balik Pulau. Penang. Malaysia. Silat – martial arts of the Malay Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Silat – not just combat. It also dance to the accompaniment of folk instruments. contact: instagram volchkovaart https://www.facebook.com/volchkovastreetart/ volchkovaart@gmail.com ‪#‎volchkova‬ ‪#‎volchkovaart‬ ‪#‎juliavolchkova‬ ‪#‎artist‬ ‪#‎art‬ ‪#‎streetart‬ ‪#‎mural‬ ‪#‎malaysia‬ ‪#‎balikpulau‬ ‪#‎penang‬ ‪#‎penangstreetart‬ ‪#‎silat‬
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Silat the Wall Mural at Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia. Do you note the difference in the photographs ? The wall mural is taken with two windows opened. Later, we spoke politely to the house owner uncle to close the windows for our photo-shoot. Thank you kindly, sir.
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The last comment I wish to make is that of certain car drivers, male or female, please be considerate enough NOT to park your car/s infront of the wall mural/s while photographer/s is/are shooting. I notice some two car drivers so far on that day as they parked in front the wall murals even there are empty and vacant car park lots nearby.

SP Lim

Street Art and the newer Wall Murals of George Town, Penang   4 comments


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This is a wall mural painted in a private car park along Beach Street – the banking area.
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A closer look at the old ark.

    Street Art and the newer Wall Murals of George Town, Penang

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On the opposite site of the private car park is this wall mural of a rural Malay lady.
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Though the paint is more pastel and faint, the wall mural is shown here, painted along the whole stretch of the shop-house. These old shop-houses can stretch up to 120 to 200 feet in length.
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This is a newer wall mural at Jalan (Road in Malay) Lumut, off Acheen Street, George Town – of the old Indian lady in prayers. However, I just managed to take a photograph yesterday (Thursday, January 7, 2016) as I was too busy to shoot the wall mural.
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Another angle of the wall mural showing the full extend of the tree shrub till the roof of the house. It seemed someone had chopped off the branches thus spoiling the original feel of the painting. What a senseless act of vandalism!
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Some residents in Penang are actually captivated by two persons in the movies world – namely the late actress, Marilyn Monroe here and …
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Mr Bean, the comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson, from UK, of course. Probably, they just think of sexy ladies and laughter as a good cure to the current Malaysian politics.

SP Lim

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