RUSSIAN street artist Julia Volchkova has completed her second mural in Balik Pulau, Penang, and this time, it’s about the Malay traditional martial art of silat.
Volchkova said she was inspired by the rich Malaysian culture.
“It took me five days to complete the drawing of a silat performance.
“Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country and I can refer to all the cultures when making a mural,” she said.
“Drawing is an opportunity for me to learn the culture of another country.”
Fashion marketing graduate Sara Yeoh, 22, who follows Volchkova’s work on Facebook, said it was cool that an artist was painting pieces on Malaysian culture.
“The artwork attracts attention to Penang and one can learn about Malaysian history as well,” she said.
Silat master Johari Omar, 48, whose face appeared in the artwork, said it was an honour to have been part of something so special.
“It is something to remember,” said the master who has been teaching the martial art for over 40 years.
Penang Island City councillor Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said Volchkova was invited to draw murals in Balik Pulau because there were a lot of prewar houses there.
“I want to make the district the second most popular attraction after George Town,” he said.
Volchkova’s first piece in Balik Pulau depicted an old fisherman mending nets.
She has also done various murals throughout George Town.
One drawing in Stewart Lane shows an Indian boatman and another at the Prangin canal depicts a child.
Her drawing of an Indian woman can be seen in Lumut Lane.
Those who want to learn more about Volchkova’s art work can visit her Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/volchkovastreetart/