Street Art: Penang

Georgetown

George Town, the capital city of Penang is one of my favorite city destination in Malaysia. The former British shipping port is a melting pot of cultures and influence. From Chinese temples, Islam Mosques, British architecture and atmospheric shophouses, everything about George Town is historical and well preserved making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. It’s a perfect side trip destination from Kuala Lumpur or from Singapore.

Three things that make me love George Town, Penang:

  • The architectural design of the buildings.
  • Top-notch cuisine & Street Food.
  • Street art.  

Street Art of Penang

Penang street art in George Town is an attraction itself. The inner city is scattered with fascinating and colorful murals and welded sculpture about Penang. The street has become an open museum and an attraction that give awareness and relevance to the rich history of Penang. All the street artworks are commisioned by the owner of the building and Penang Tourism Board, an unauthorized mural is strictly regulated by the authorities and is punishable by law.

This art draws the attention of many tourists. Famous foreign and local artist marked their artwork on building walls around the inner city.

As times goes by, things change every day under the sun for these outdoor wall paintings. Some of them are fading, ruined with vandalism and are vulnerable to extreme weather condition. This can lead to cracking, color change or completely wiped out. Subsequently, some murals are erased and replaced with new ones.

The mission is to wander freely in the inner city looking for amazing and interesting murals. Take time to hunt them – some are hidden in the narrow streets and alleys and on abandoned buildings.


Ernest Zacharevic

Ernest is one of the famous artists in George Town. His street art is inspired by local tradition and their daily livelihood. Commissioned by the Penang Municipal Council as part of the George Town Festival in 2012, the Lithuanian artist created a series of murals and installation art around the city. The breakthrough success of Zachary’s work opened doors for other local and foreign artist in the heritage city and put George Town a perfect art destination. Until now, his work spread around Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Dubai.

There are six series from his murals, I managed to find four of his work.

Boy On A Bike
Location: Ah Quee Street
Little Children On A Bicycle
Location: Lebuh Armenian
Kung Fu Girl
Location: Jalan Muntri
Reaching Up
Location: Cannon Street

Here are some amazing street murals from different artist.

Hurry and see them as soon as possible.

Street Art in Penang
Feed The Stray
Artwork By: Kenji Chai
Location: Ah Quee Street
Penang Street Art
Location: Lebuh Armenian
Fisherman in Penang
The Indian Boatman
Artwork by: Julia Volchkova
Location: Klang Street
Street Art in Penang
Location: Armenian Street
Street Art in Penang
Artwork by: Jim Oo Chun Hee and John Cheng (Malaysia)
Location: Armenian Street
Street Art in George Town
The Three Girls
Location: Lebuh Armenian
Street Art in George Town
“Lion Dance”
Location: Armenian Street
Street Art in George Town
Location: Ah Quee Street
Street Art in George Town
Artist: Gabriel Pitcher
Location: Muntri Avenue
Street Art in George Town
Artist: Gabriel Pitcher (UK)
Location: Muntri Avenue
Street Art in George Town
Only You Can Stop Air Pollution
Artist: Cloakwork (Malaysia)
Location: Ah Quee Street
Street Art in George Town
Street Art in George Town
Location: Armenian Street
The Real Bruce Lee Would never Do This
The Real Bruce Lee Would never Do This

Street Art in Penang
Street Art in George Town

By the way, please help me comment the name of the artist or links. Credit must be rightfully served. Thanks!

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