A towering piece of plywood sits next to the Urban Outfitters. Oranges, yellows, and reds sit behind a dark Raleigh skyline. Three bold letters adorn the top: BLM. That’s what artist Kyndall Owens — a LRHS alum — wants people to take away from her piece. Black lives matter.
The killing of George Floyd and many other unarmed black men by police officers was the inspiration behind this mural project. Through creating this mural I decided to incorporate a skyline view of downtown to show Raleigh as a place of beauty and equality.Kyndall Owens
Owens boasts a collection of traditional canvases along with her many murals, which are all on her Instagram (link it). “What inspired street art along with my collection of traditional canvas art was free expression,” said Owens. She wants to have a positive impact on her community and sees art as a great avenue for that mission.
The artwork I’ve created over the years all convey one message: positivity. Throughout all of my work I try to convey a positive message.Kyndall Owens
For any aspiring street artist, here’s some advice: make sure you can adapt. Being a street artist means using all types of tools to achieve your goal. Owens herself often needs the assistance of “ladders, different paints and brushes,” along with “dedicate[ing] a lot more time” on the piece and learning to “work in different temperatures.”