Ernest Zacharevic is known throughout Penang, Malaysia for his paintings of children who are often accompanied by a prop such as a balloon, paint roller, or mop as in the present print Right/Wrong. When comparing the two children in the print it is not immediately obvious what denotes the correctness of each child, but perhaps we are able to learn more about Zacharevic’s values. The “wrong” child paints with the mop, while the more astute, and “correct” child paints with a roller. The roller is the most effective tool for street artists—not only can it reach the high spots necessary for maximum exposure on buildings, but the speed with which the roller works allows for less risk while the artist paints on the street. Even more insightful, is the child’s pirate armor which provides a clear indication that the adventurous conqueror of the streets is in the right. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions
Signature: "Graffiti Prints" blind stamp. Signed in grease pen lower right "Zach".
About Ernest Zacharevic
Lithuania-born, Malaysia-based street artist Ernest Zacharevic animates public spaces with interactive murals that depict children at play. “I see my work as an experience rather than an object,” says Zacharevic, who is also known as Zach, Zachas, and, by some, The Malay Banksy, in reference to the notoriously irreverent British street artist. Leaping off the wall and into the streets, Zacharevic’s images break with the traditions of graffiti by integrating found objects—such as old bicycles, pipes, chairs, and windows—into their compositions. With their playful illusions, these works encourage pedestrians to pose as part of the scenes, provoking the same childlike curiosity captured in the paintings themselves.
Lithuanian, b. 1986, Lithuania, based in Penang, Malaysia