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Gabriel Prusmack,
One of Galveston’s most well-known young artists, Gabriel Prusmack
is a Galveston native and Ball High alumni who was able through faith
to parlay his illicit love affair with graffiti into an established career as
an artist and muralist.
Erin Toberman and Amy Owens had already hatched the idea of
the 22
Street mural, when one day Gabe came into the studio to
deliver spray paint. “They had so many sketches,” he remembers of
Erin and Amy’s initial planning. From there, the three spent hours
brainstorming each ‘ray’ of the sunshine mural that faces Postoffice
Street, and Gabe began coordinating artists to complete the side of
the building that faces 22
And even after years of working around the island, countless
buildings boasting his handiwork, and his aerosol composition work
on display in a local gallery, the artistic license afforded to him by
the Kindness mural allowed him the freedom to finally and fully
express himself. “This is me,” he says triumphantly as he indicates the
geometrically sound Flamingo that rises on the brick wall above him.
The graffiti artist in him will never quite retire, as indicated by the
meticulous shading and the figure’s three-dimensional presence, but
the flawless execution reveals an artist who has mastered that delicate
balance of pristine technical ability with the ability to evoke emotion.
“I think this is going to be really effective,” Gabriel says of the mural.
“The Kindness project will be contagious.”
Gabriel’s work is currently featured at Arts on Mechanic gallery,
located at 2309 Mechanic St. There you can also view a full room
mural he painted in an underwater theme known as “The Fish
Room.” Reach him directly at
Galveston artist Justin Lopez with
Justin Lopez,
The second of three former Ball High students involved
in the 22
Street mural, Justin Lopez began creating art
at a young age, but only began studying it formally three
years ago. “I would describe my art as abstract realism,”
he says.
Often viewing his work through a philosophical lens,
Justin explains that he is “inspired by the fact that we all
live in our own subjective reality. Everything we know in
life is filtered through our senses and we cannot escape
that. I try to offer up my individual take on that reality.”
a title decided on collectively
through social media, Justin sets thought free from the
limitations of the physical mind and reveals the chaotic
beauty of our inner world. “The reaction from people,
how [the murals] have been embraced on social media,
it inspires me to keep producing,” he says. “I really think
this will change people’s minds [about street art].”
The work of Justin Lopez can be viewed at Contact Justin
at 409.974.2647 or or
follow him at
Galveston artist Gabriel
Prusmack in front of his
flamingo wall.