TO USHER in Chinese New Year, two artists decided to paint a festive-inspired mural of koi fish with the word huat (meaning prosperity in Hokkien dialect) between Jalan Kepong and Jalan Prima 5 in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.
Mohd Mahfudz Abd Rashid, fondly known as Snozze, and Nah Yin Yinn, also known as Annienah, displayed their art in primarily vibrant red. The mural’s background is painted using a combination of spray paint and regular paint.
Mohd Mahfudz, 35, said the artwork was meant to symbolise good fortune, hence the koi fish, cherry red background and the symbol of prosperity in its centre.
The artists started painting on Jan 14 and took three days to complete the mural. It was during the last day of their effort when they were approached by Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng.
“On Jan 16, Lim approached us and asked if I recognised him, and I assured him I did,” said Mohd Mahfudz.
Lim said this was the first street art in Kepong by the two self-funded artists.
“We approve of the mural because it promotes art,” he said, adding that he would seek consent from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for the artists to paint another mural in Kepong.
“My team and I, with DBKL’s consent, will help fund the next mural project in Kepong,” said Lim.
Mohd Mahfudz, who often drives along Jalan Kepong, said the vibrant mural was to complement the bright background, referring to the shop signage along Jalan Prima 5.
He and Nah, in her 30s, have also contributed to art projects in Taiwan and China.
The duo, whose other mural work can be seen along Jalan Sultan in Kuala Lumpur, have previously been featured on National Geographic.