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Pavement artist’s creative expressions April 13, 2007

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Craft, Culture, Malaysia, People, Places.




When the veil of darkness covers the beachfront of Batu Ferringhi in Penang, the roadside traders move into positions. One man seeks to be different from the others.

He is equipped with different types of drawing papers and at least one of canvas material. For a nominal sum, depending on the medium of surface utilised, he will draw your name in the forms of birds and plants.

It is an art that has its roots in China and in recent years, the artform has reached the shores of Malaysia, notably Penang. Sometimes, a foreign visitor gets a thrill out of seeing an obscure Asian artform that is decidedly alien to their eyes.

I saw a name “Clinton” drawn with some finesse and style as only the pavement artist could produce it.



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