Artist depicts daily lifestyle of Chew Jetty residents in murals

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  • Friday, 12 Apr 2013

GEORGE TOWN: While the famous murals by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic in Chew Jetty have corroded due to wear and tear, another eye-catching slice-of-life painting has become the latest attraction in the settlement.

A gigantic mural depicting a Grandpa and Grandma sharing a light moment now adorns the walls of one of the houses there.

Artist Simon Tan, 48, said he was approached by one of the residents to conceptualise the mural which took two days to complete.

“Actually, I was first approached by the houseowner who had her wall painted by Zacharevic to do some touching up on the painting.

“I had to decline because it would be very disrespectful to repair other people's artwork,” he said.

Instead, Simon went on to create a new mural after being approached by another houseowner.

“Initially, I wanted to draw the face of the grandmother, who is the houseowner but she refused because she was shy.

“In the end, I had to use my own imagination to draw an old couple relaxing at the jetty,” he said.

Lithuanian Zacharevic created the murals as part of the Mirrors George Town street art project for the George Town Festival 2012.

Simon said that the drawing was mainly inspired by the daily lifestyle of the residents in Chew Jetty.

“People living here are mostly senior citizens and young children, so my drawings depict the residents' life here.”

Not satisfied with just one mural, Simon is now halfway through completing another mural, which depicts a grandmother and her grandson.

“Hopefully, I will be able to finish it by the end of the week,” he said.

Maggie Tan, 27, a Brunei tourist, said she was really impressed by Tan's artwork.

“This is really good and I can understand why it is the main attraction here in Penang,” said Maggie.

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