San Francisco muralist behind new TBI art


TO to only describe Elliott C Nathan as a muralist does not do his catalog justice. Yes, Nathan’s now iconic outdoor artwork has been painted across a myriad of local landmarks – like the “Loads of Love” mural outside Powerhouse and its sprawling kaleidoscope of color and characters along. from the wall facing Dore Street at 1345 Howard Street – but his creativity knows many media.

Nathan’s acrylic jellyfish are adorable tooIe because they are hypnotic. His use of reclaimed wood to construct multidimensional compositions is applauded. The way he uses both utilitarianism and flamboyance to create functional theater props is a talent few people have (on such a scale).

Maybe no one in town knows spray paint better than Nathan himself.

“Our city is resilient and I am excited to be a part of the next wave of creative living here.”

And the 30-something artist is also the painter behind the piece that currently covers the post’s homepage, as well as our social media channels.

(Some of you had noticed that we changed the illustration in our post a day ago, so we thought it was fair to give our readers a bit of context and background on the l ‘article.)

“This painting is one of a series of ‘Rainbow San Francisco’ paintings that I have created over the past few years,” Nathan told TBI in an email. “This piece was commissioned by two of my friends who shared with me specific things about themselves and things that make San Francisco special to incorporate into a cohesive great painting.”

Nathan goes on to describe in detail how his painting reflects San Francisco’s innate weirdness – and weirdness.

“I have included various iconic places in the city in this piece, a nod to SF nightlife, as well as their puppy and their SF Town Hall wedding photo when it started to rain and the wind has knocked over their rainbow umbrella, ”he adds before talking about how this year has been filled with“ personal struggles and growth ”for all of us.

But through this series of triumphs and defeats, Nathan’s wish for the city is for it to usher in a “new wave of creative life.”

“While the past year has been incredibly exhausting for all of us, beyond the pandemic we have all had our own struggles and personal growths, as well as dealing with the difficult political climate and advancing social justice issues.” Nathan writes. “I hope we can recharge our batteries knowing that things are going to get better because we are going to make them better. Our city is resilient and I am excited to be a part of the next wave of creative living here.

// To see more of Nathan’s catalog, as well as to search for a custom room or mural for a home or office, visit @elliottcnathan on Instagram and


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