Have you ever been driving and noticed a painting on the side of a building? Would you consider it art or vandalism? Graffiti is writings or drawings on a wall usually as a form of artistic expression, without permission and in public view. So where is the line between graffiti and vandalism? Ironically, if you look up vandalism the first picture to pop up is a picture of graffiti.
When people in our society see graffiti, they shut it down. We have all told ourselves that spray painted art is vandalism. In reality, a spray paint can is just a tool that artists use to create a masterpiece. Graffiti can get a person's opinion and voice heard in an anonymous way, just the same way any piece of art can, whether it is painted with a spray can or a brush.
In Singapore there are strict laws on street art and graffiti, with designated spaces for artists to express themselves. Painting outside these spaces, in some cases, has resulted in the arrests of artists. But, there are pros to having areas in which graffiti and street art are legal. Whether in a skate park or in a local alleyway, Singapore has a variety of spots for legal artwork. For graffiti artists these walls/places are a blessing because it's a place for people to fully express themselves and you’re open to painting pretty much anything that would quench your creative thirst.
Singapore street art seems like an unlikely combination, but Singapore is known to have some of the best street art in Southeast Asia. There are beautiful, artistic murals all over the city. In Chinatown, Little India, Tiong Bahru, Kampong Galm and Everton park are full of graffiti!
Meet Singaporean street artist YC Yip, one of the local artists that was inspired by Zacharevic is Yip Yew Chong (YC Yip). He grew up in Singapore and paints murals that depict historic Singapore. His murals can be found in Chinatown, Tiong Bahru, Ang Mo Kio, the National Museum of Singapore and elsewhere. He’s known to make Art that tell stories, based on his childhood memories and travel adventures. He hopes they will evoke your own memories and inspire people to tell their own stories.
I personally think that his work is absolutely brilliant and has so much meaning in every piece of art he does. In conclusion, I think that street art and graffiti should be encouraged as it allows people to be creative and communicate themselves through art!
Here is some of his artwork below: