The Street Art of Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown, Penang is best known for its jetties and street art. Named after Britain’s King George III, the inner city of Georgetown has been inscribe as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique architecture and cultural townscape.

A newly painted colonial building in Georgetown
A newly painted colonial building in Georgetown
Old Town, Georgetown
Old Town, Georgetown

Recently the town had a surge of excitement and interest with the emergence of mural paintings on the old walls in Georgetown. Started by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, the murals mostly depict children in playful and fun scenes. A trip to Georgetown can now be about finding each of these wall art.

"Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur" Ah Quee Street, by Ernest Zacharevic
Weather beaten “Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur” Ah Quee Street, by Ernest Zacharevic
“Boy on a Bike” Ah Quee Street, George Town by Ernest Zacharevic
“Boy on a Bike” Ah Quee Street by Ernest Zacharevic
"Little Children on a Bicycle" Armenian Street by Ernest Zacharevic
“Little Children on a Bicycle” Armenian Street by Ernest Zacharevic

Other artists followed Ernest’s footsteps and started creating their own work. Deaf-mute freelance artist, Louis Gan has a few of his works on various streets.

"Brother and Sister on a Swing' at Gat Lebuh Chulia by Louis Gan
“Brother and Sister on a Swing’ at Gat Lebuh Chulia
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“I Want Pau!” Mural at Armenian Street

_DSC6373Because walking on 35 degrees Celcius temperature in Georgetown is not very ideal, we decided to rent a bicycle so it would be easy for us to move around.  Bicycle rentals can easily be spotted near the jetties. We got our bikes for 10 RM.

Other mural projects include the “101 Lost Kittens” project, which aims to create awareness on animal care and adopting stray animals. Below are murals along Armenian street.

Cat
Giant Cat Mural
"Giant Rat" Mural
Giant Rat Mural
Cat and Mouse
Cat and Rat

Although some of these murals have already faded, like the boy with pet dinosaur, I am positive that artists will continue to create these kinds of art work in public spaces.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The Street Art of Georgetown, Penang”

  1. Hi, pls be note that the mural art “Brother & sister” is not by Mr Louise Gan. (Pls refer to fb: Muraltalent wksetor). Tq.

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