“Graffiti street art has been looked down on in the public eye with the negative connotation that relates graffiti with vandalism,” said Ghazali Abdullah, a member of Guerrilla Artchitects. He hopes that by creating their first graffiti exhibition, they can change the public perception of what street art is all about.
Guerrilla Artchitects are a group of 14 local graffiti artists whose sole purpose is to encourage people to venture into the art and improve the art scene in the country.
Originally established in the late 1990s, the group was granted permission by the founder, Shauqi ‘Madsuki’ Mohammad, to revive the Guerrilla Artchitects name for a new generation of artists.
The graffiti exhibition showcases their work and acts as an unveiling of the Guerilla Artchitects Studio in Melabau Complex. The exhibition is open to the public until Saturday, 9th March 2019.
Members of the Guerilla Artchitects had created all of the displayed work in the studio, where each artwork can be differentiated by the unique touch by the individuals.
The group had collaborated with street photographers and created graffiti art based on their photography. The public will be able to notice murals, sculptures, three-dimensional (3D) art, doodles, and portraits on display at the gallery. The various artwork in the gallery is also available for purchase.
Recently, they painted the #nbd35 installations that were on display during the 35th National day along with other talented Bruneian artists.
“We hope to inspire the younger generation and encourage them to try new things, but not necessarily in art form,” Ghazali said.
When the exhibition ends, Guerrilla Artchitects plan to create more workshops for budding artists who are interested in art, whether it be graffiti, illustrating or painting, in order to enable more people to come out and show their potential as an artist in Brunei.
The studio is open from 11.00am to 7.00pm and is located at Unit 39, GF, Spg 49, Block B, Melabau Complex, Jln Serusop, Brunei, BE2313.