The Old Fisherman
The Old Fisherman by Julia Volchkova.

25 June 2016 – Though not quite as famous as the street art in the heritage listed area of George Town, the murals found in Balik Pulau are nevertheless just as impressive.

Balik Pulau, a small town at the south western part of the island of Penang, is approximately 50 minutes away by car from George Town. Its name literally means ‘the back of the island’ in Bahasa Malaysia.

The art shown on this post, like the mural of an old fisherman by Russian artist Julia Volchkova (shown above and below) can be easily spotted from the P14, the town’s main thoroughfare.

The Old Fisherman
The Old Fisherman by Julia Volchkova.

The mural is located beside a car park just outside the Ceria 99 grocery store.

Ceria 99 Grocery Store
Ceria 99 Grocery Store.

Another striking (no pun intended!) portrait by Julia Volchkova below, this time of a man performing Silat, a traditional martial art practised in both Malaysia and Indonesia.

The Silat Master
The Silat Master by Julia Volchkova.
The Silat Master
The Silat Master by Julia Volchkova.

A final one by Julia Volchkova, this mural is of a girl performing a dance in traditional Hakka attire.

Hakka Dancing Girl
Hakka Dancing Girl by Julia Volchkova.

The mural below is one by Ernest Zacharevic, creator of the ever popular ‘Little Children on a Bicycle’ street art in George Town.

The Silversmith
The Silversmith by Ernest Zacharevic.

Not quite street art, but I couldn’t help but stop and admire some of the traditional homes in town.

Quaint two storey home
Quaint two storey home in Balik Pulau.

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