But there all comparison with Banksy ends. This particular street artist’s name is well known and much of his work encompasses the objects of the streets in which he works.
Previous blogs covered travels in and through Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Now our travellers, Rachel and Rebekah, have moved on to Penang, partly in search of (as well as beaches and palm trees) more work by Lithuanian born street artist Ernest Zacharevic. Zach to his friends.
His work was first encountered by the travellers in Kuala Lumpur, one side of a bus, with painted children an intriguing and eye catching addition. Moving on to Penang, more works by Zach are in evidence, created for the Penang George Town Festival in 2012.
The idea behind the project was to turn the streets of Penang into an open-air gallery, to startle and intrigue whilst walking the heritage enclave. The works celebrate the multiculturalism and diversity of the city’s inhabitants. There is no need to explain the incorporation of real street items with painted figures, in order to create subtly beautiful shades of Malaysian light.
Zach combines fine art with a passion for creating outdoor art. He removes the restriction of artistic boundaries and moves freely between the disciplines of oil painting, stencil and spray, installation and sculpture. His primary interest is in the relationship between art and the urban landscape – as evidenced here.
Zach travels the world in his work and describes his endeavours as ‘a spontaneous response to the immediate environment, the community and culture.’
But we would add another word that encompasses the images shown here: playfulness.