Born and raised in Durham, multidisciplinary artist Gabriel Eng-Goetz has worked for himself for the last 10 years. He has three public art pieces in Raleigh and more than 15 murals across the Triangle.
We asked Gabriel 10 questions about his creative process, local inspirations, and favorite Raleigh spots.
Boxyard RTP mural | Photo provided by Gabriel Eng-Goetz
What is your creative process like?
It begins with community engagement — asking for feedback from the community in the area that the piece is actually going to be. I’m just a vessel to channel all of the feedback into a piece of art that’s representative of those people and their area. Once I have a vision in my head, I put pen to paper. And then I paint. Projects can span anywhere from a couple of weeks to several years.
Where do you go for inspiration?
A lot of my work is informed by nature. For the first 12 years of my life my art was pretty much exclusive to dinosaurs and animals. I was always really inspired by the natural world and still am. Outside of creating art, my favorite pastimes are spent outdoors fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking.
Willard Street mural | Photo provided by Gabriel Eng-Goetz
What piece in your portfolio are you most proud of?
The Tribes of the Piedmont mural — it’s on the Willard Street Apartments, which is a large affordable housing complex in downtown Durham. We made the piece a celebration of the formerly indigenous land and the tribes that inhabited the area. I worked with the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation Tribal Council and got their blessing to create the piece. I also got their guidance creating the imagery, like the red-tailed hawk which is the symbol of their tribe.
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