KAMPUNG TERANG -
BALIK PULAU

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Julia Volchkova (Nizhnevartovsk, Russia)

Morik was born in 1982. Even though he has obtained two higher educational qualifications in philology and economics at the Novosibirsk State University, he always looking forward to connecting his life with visual arts. In 1998, Morik started to explore hip hop culture and graffiti art through the Internet. He has then built up the skills of spray-painting and began to experiment with fonts.

 

In the mid-2000s, together with artist Andrey Berger (Aber), Morik started to organise different graffiti and street art events including Paint Methods festival which took place in the major cities of Siberia in Russia. During 2010s, he began to experiment with different subjects and techniques, particularly the mix of abstract and figurative paintings, exploring the modern art trends. He focuses on the texture of material and typographic elements.

 

Morik has participated in art exhibitions held not only in Russia but also in Europe and the United States. He collaborates a lot with street art galleries all over the world and frequently participates in major international street art festivals in Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, etc.

Marat Danilyan (Morik) (Novosibirks, Russia)

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Julia Volchkova (Nizhnevartovsk, Russia)

Aries Kong (a.k.a Jagung), a self-taught artist, has decided to become a full-time muralist after he quitted his day job four years ago, due to the strong passion for art. Armed with brushes, spray cans and paints, he painted his first mural in a shopping mall in his hometown, Sibu. His first mural has attracted local attention. Aries was then started to receive offers from different towns and cities in Sarawak as well as from other states in Malaysia, which commissioning him to paint murals to beautify the different facades in different places.

 

Besides, he has also invited to paint in Taiwan, Melbourne and Shanghai. Aries, who is better known as Jagung among his friends and clients, painted commissioned walls at cafes, lounges, kindergartens and shopping malls following the theme decided by the clients. In four years, Aries has created a total of 120 pieces murals at different places in and out of Malaysia.  His creations are found in different states of Malaysia, Taiwan, Melbourne and Shanghai.

Kong Chak Kiong (Aries Kong / Jagung)

(Sibu, Sarawak)

Aries Kong (a.k.a Jagung), a self-taught artist, has decided to become a full-time muralist after he quitted his day job four years ago, due to the strong passion for art. Armed with brushes, spray cans and paints, he painted his first mural in a shopping mall in his hometown, Sibu. His first mural has attracted local attention. Aries was then started to receive offers from different towns and cities in Sarawak as well as from other states in Malaysia, which commissioning him to paint murals to beautify the different facades in different places.

 

Besides, he has also invited to paint in Taiwan, Melbourne and Shanghai. Aries, who is better known as Jagung among his friends and clients, painted commissioned walls at cafes, lounges, kindergartens and shopping malls following the theme decided by the clients. In four years, Aries has created a total of 120 pieces murals at different places in and out of Malaysia.  His creations are found in different states of Malaysia, Taiwan, Melbourne and Shanghai.

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Julia Volchkova (Nizhnevartovsk, Russia)

Leonard is a self-taught mural artist. He specialises in painting human figures, animals and portraits over the past six years since he started to paint on walls. Through his creations that depict the rich contents about the local art, culture and heritage in diverse forms, at places within the city of Kuching, he has constantly contributed towards building the local street art scene in Kuching.

 

Leonard’s interest in mural painting is due to his passion for illustration design. He attempts to transform his digital form of art into a larger scaled art that made accessible to the public viewers using paint rollers brushes. The subject of arts for his creation very much depending on the connection and relationship that he has built between himself and the subject based on a theme in mind.

 

Besides actively participating in mural art events held in Kuching, Leonard has made it be selected as the first Malaysian to join Wall to Wall Festival Benalla 2018 to paint a wall in Benalla, Victoria, Australia. His mural creations can now be seen in Sarawak, Victoria (Australia) and Massachusetts (United States).

Siaw Quan Cheng (Leonard)

(Kuching, Sarawak)

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This is the collage of local elements that relevantly showcasing the local community's lifestyle which the artist found interesting during his visit at Balik Pulau. The artwork shows a collage with a mixture of textures, patterns, plants, floors, walls and objects found on Balik Pulau’s streets.

 

The highlight of the composition is given to the local street hawker who looks very positive, performing his daily living routines with a sunny spirit. Artist pays attention not only on the specific attractions or spots but he is amazed by the simple ordinary things and ordinary people who live their own life happily and positively.

He found that relevantly reflecting the local community within the neighbourhoods in most parts of Penang Island. In this artwork, artist intends to paint the full details which will be interesting to view on the installation at site.

This is the collage of local elements that relevantly showcasing the local community's lifestyle which the artist found interesting during his visit at Balik Pulau. The artwork shows a collage with a mixture of textures, patterns, plants, floors, walls and objects found on Balik Pulau’s streets.

 

The highlight of the composition is given to the local street hawker who looks very positive, performing his daily living routines with a sunny spirit. Artist pays attention not only on the specific attractions or spots but he is amazed by the simple ordinary things and ordinary people who live their own life happily and positively.

 

He found that relevantly reflecting the local community within the neighbourhoods in most parts of Penang Island. In this artwork, artist intends to paint the full details which will be interesting to view on the installation at site.

Once at Balik Pulau's Street Market 

by  Marat Danilyan 

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Leonard’s artwork (left) pays homage and deep respect to all the hardworking rice farmers. Despite the modern and advanced machinery has slowly replaced many manual farming tasks, the rice farmers in Balik Pulau still practising the traditional mean of planting and harvesting rice by hand. They remain to cultivate each stalk of a rice plant by hand with care, hoping to ensure the supply of quality harvest every season.
 

Jagung’s artwork (right) shows a local durian farmer who is checking out the quality of his harvest of durian fruits before sending out the supply to the fruit stalls at the town. This being the usual daily routines of the durian farmers in Balik Pulau where most of the great quality durians are harvested every season.  Durian cultivation has continuously flourished in Balik Pulau, passing down from one generation to another generation.

Overall, the collaborative piece of art expresses the acknowledgement of the contribution of local farmers in supporting the local economy in Balik Pulau as well as in Penang.

Leonard’s artwork (left) pays homage and deep respect to all the hardworking rice farmers. Despite the modern and advanced machinery has slowly replaced many manual farming tasks, the rice farmers in Balik Pulau still practising the traditional mean of planting and harvesting rice by hand. They remain to cultivate each stalk of a rice plant by hand with care, hoping to ensure the supply of quality harvest every season.
 

Jagung’s artwork (right) shows a local durian farmer who is checking out the quality of his harvest of durian fruits before sending out the supply to the fruit stalls at the town. This being the usual daily routines of the durian farmers in Balik Pulau where most of the great quality durians are harvested every season.  Durian cultivation has continuously flourished in Balik Pulau, passing down from one generation to another generation.
 

Overall, the collaborative piece of art expresses the acknowledgement of the contribution of local farmers in supporting the local economy in Balik Pulau as well as in Penang.

The Joy of Harvest

 by Leonard Siaw and Jagung