Spanish duo adding two new works to Penang’s street art


The artists Sabek (left) and Yes (right), together with event curator Grusaite, posing in front of Yes

SPANISH creativity is spicing up two prominent locations in Penang as part of the ongoing Urban Xchange 2015 art festival.

Artists Yes and Sabek are currently in town painting giant murals on the facades of Hotel Jen in George Town on the island, and a building in Jalan Raja Uda on the mainland, respectively.

Yes’ work will measure about 100m wide and 7m tall, while Sabek’s would be 20m wide and around four-storey high.

When both are completed sometime next week, they will be among the largest murals in the state and add to its already impressive array of wall art.

Yes, 24, said his piece draws inspiration from alphabets which are turned into random abstract forms.

“I explore connections between lines, and add colour to it. There isn’t any intended meaning, and viewers can draw their own interpretations,” he said on Monday.

Sabek, who just turned 30, said he improvises a lot in his works. For this one, he would be including some local content.

“I love the contrast of cultures, and have enjoyed my time here,” he added.

The artists started painting graffiti on the streets of Spain, but have since turned to proper artistic works that they hope, would resonate with people.

Sabek had a six-month stint in Kuala Lumpur and was part of the Different Strokes project in Penang a few years back, but Yes is in Asia for the first time.

“The weather took me by surprise. It’s like having four seasons in a day.

“But I love the food, especially its spiciness,” he quipped.

Event curator Gabija Grusaite said they wanted to introduce abstract art, which is popular in Europe, to Penang whose art scene is dominated mostly by figurative works.

“We also try to be respectful and sensitive to the local community and culture, and create artworks that people can enjoy.

“It’s important that they add joy to Penang, and give a good feeling to locals,” she added.

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