GEORGE TOWN (Dec 25): An artist here has expressed his excitement at having the opportunity to paint portraits of six Penang football icons on the wall of the Bandaraya Stadium.

Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussain, 36, said he came up with the idea of immortalising Ali Bakar, Datuk Namat Abdullah, M Kuppan, Pang Siang Hock, Shukor Salleh and Mohd Faiz Subri in a mural painting when he was proposed by the Penang City Council (MBPP) to paint the wall with his work of art.

“MBPP had asked me to paint a mural on the wall of this stadium in conjunction with the City Day celebration which will be launched by MBPP mayor (Datuk Yew Tung Seang) in January next year.

“I came across a photo on Instragram where a foreign artist paid his tribute to the late Diego Maradona by painting a mural of the legendary footballer. I thought why don’t we do it for our local football legends especially in Penang...I put forward the idea and MBPP agreed,” he said when met by Bernama yesterday.

Mohd Azmi said he started painting the wall mural using the vector portrait technique last Monday and expected to complete his work today.

The work by the Butterworth-born artist also drew positive response from passersby which also gave him great satisfaction.

He also hoped that the mural would serve as another attraction for tourists visiting the area.

Mohd Azmi who has been painting for more than 10 years has also etched his name in the Malaysia Book of Records twice.

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