Perhaps no one in the city knows their way around a can of spray paint better than Nathan, himself.
And the thirty-something artist, too, is also the painter behind the piece that currently covers all of our social media channels.
“This painting is one of a series of ‘Rainbow San Francisco’ paintings I have created over the last few years,” Nathan tells _SF in an email. “This piece was commissioned by two friends of mine who shared, with me, specific things about themselves and things that make San Francisco special to incorporate into one large cohesive painting.”
Nathan goes on in detail to describe how his painting reflects San Francisco’s innate weirdness — and queerness.
“I included various iconic places throughout the city in this piece, a nod to SF nightlife, along with their pup and wedding photo from SF city hall when it started raining and the wind flipped their rainbow umbrella inside out,” he adds before waxing about how this year has been filled with “personal struggles and growths” for all of us.
But through that series of triumphs and losses, Nathan’s wish for the city is that it will usher in a “new wave of creative life.”
“While the past two years have been incredibly draining on us all, beyond the pandemic, we’ve all had our personal struggles and growths, along with dealing with the rough political climate and moving forward social justice issues,” Nathan writes. “I hope we can become energized knowing that things are going to get better because we are going to make it better. Our city is resilient, and I’m excited to be part of the next wave of creative life here.”
Feature Image: A painting from Nathan’s “Rainbow San Francisco” collection that’s serving as our new cover art — a piece that perfectly illustrates the left-of-center, unapologetically queer, all-inclusive SF we at _SF are keen on supporting for years to come. (Courtesy of Elliott C Nathan)