THE works of Russian mural artist Julia Volchkova at Klang Street and Prangin Canal have caught the attention of tourists and locals in George Town.
The 25-year-old’s works are slowly but surely gaining notice in the city.
To date, Volchkova has completed two murals in George Town since she started painting some time ago in April.
Her first painting — a monochrome portrait of a boy — is located on a wall near Prangin Canal.
Volchkova’s second painting which depicts an old boatman rowing his ‘sampan’ on the wall of the Clockwise Place hostel at the junction of Klang Street and Stewart Lane, was completed just about a week ago.
Each of her murals, which bears her signature in maroon paint, is believed to have taken about two weeks to complete.
Both Volchkova’s murals showcase her remarkable talent at capturing the human expression.
School teacher Lisa Smith, 42, an American, said she was an avid fan of street art and was therefore, happy to see the new murals in George Town.
“I was here last year with my family and took a photo in front of a mural along Love Lane.
“I used the shot to make Christmas cards sent them to my family and friends,” she said, adding that she took up photography last year because she was inspired after seeing the murals in Penang.
Smith’s friend Joyce Goh, 42, was equally fascinated by the life-size artwork.
“Street artwork like this gives the surroundings a personal touch,” she said.
Both the women, who are teachers at the Dalat International School, could not resist taking a selfie with the mural in the background.
Clockwise Place hostel staff Orest Bilous, 21, said many people had turned up at the place just to take photographs of the mural.
“The painting on this wall is different and done in a unique style, compared with the other murals in George Town.
“The painting is to celebrate Stewart Lane and the road’s history with the maritime industry.
“It makes this street more interesting and beautiful,” said Bilous, a Ukranian.
He said the artist started painting on the wall after she was given the approval by the Penang Municipal Council.
Bilous hoped that tourists and locals would respect the artwork and avoid defacing and touching it as it could cause the paintwork to peel over time.
“We want to put some potted plants in front of the mural to prevent people from touching it,” he said.
He urged those who specialise in flower or plant arrangement to contact https://www.facebook.com/uppedsticks.