The Art of Developing Balik Pulau

By Nicole Chang

November 2017 FEATURE
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Tranquil and rustic, Penang’s major west coast town has become irresistible to artists and art enthusiasts.The once sleepy farming village of Balik Pulau is abuzz. Its greenery, simple life, and harvests are now offering visitors endless art experiences.Mural painted by local artist Lee Kok Liang.About 10 years ago, Balik Pulau-born Koh Teng Huat, self-taught in palette-knife oil painting, noticed many local and foreign artists flocking to the area to do outdoor sketching – possibly spurred on by the mass media...

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Nicole Chang

has just completed her PhD programme at the Department of Development Planning and Management, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia.