Ernest Zacharevic – Portraits of Malaysia

Last night during a lazy night in, I tuned in to Fashion One TV and found myself watching a short documentary of the Lithuanian born artist Ernest ‘ZACH’ Zacharevic. Not being overly familiar with his work, I found the ‘day-in-a-life’ style short that focused on his work in Malaysia, fascinating.

Zach made his name with the locals by taking photos of the everyday faces of the people around him and painting interactive portraits of them. He focuses on the regularities that make this area and the normal lives the Malay people lead so endearing¬†and highlights them. His work is not over stylised, he doesn’t overuse colour or detail and even after painting his images often look already worn, but his works are simple reinterpretations of those beautiful moments he captures that he then sets as a permanent fixture within the landscape.

From children messing about on bicycles and reaching for objects to old locals faces and the local coffee shop posse, Zach has a way of capturing the best of the ordinary people that makes his work warm, heartfelt and instantly relatable.

Take a look at a couple of stolen images from the web of his work and the effect it has on passers-by..

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