The Street Artist of San Francisco

Ian Ross. Photo courtesy of Ian Ross Gallery

Ian Ross. Photo courtesy of Ian Ross Gallery

San Franciscans and visitors are in for a real treat now that this gallery has opened in SoMA!

Local “live” artist and muralist Ian Ross has developed quite a following in the Bay Area over the years, so much so that Facebook (you've heard of them, right?) asked Ross, in 2011, to move in and be the company’s resident artist.

During his year-long residency he created four permanent mural installations, including one he created live during a 24-hour “Hackathon”, which was filmed for MTV’s “Diary of Facebook.” His client list has grown and reads like a who’s who of Silicon Valley, with Google, Microsoft, and Oracle, as well as private collectors, among Ross’s illustrious followers. 

But fame hasn’t gone to his head, rather it's gone to his new SoMa gallery, appropriately named The Ian Ross Gallery, that opened on March 18. The  impressive space welcomes visitors Mon-Fri, 1pm-7pm. Check out the massive outdoor mural (in process) on the exterior parking lot wall too, due to be complete by the end of April. 

A strong supporter of local philanthropy and of the beautification of San Francisco, the Ian Ross Gallery has partnered with the San Francisco Arts Commission and their Street Smart initiative, which pairs artists with businesses most effected by graffiti vandalism, paying one artist per business a stipend to paint and maintain a mural. This 4,000 square foot oeuvre is Ross's first piece for Street Smart.

Ross's other murals can be found around the city, decorating buildings and walls, as well as spaces for private clients that have hired Ross to create lively and energy-filled art on grand convivial scale.  Check out photos of some of his murals here.

 Inside, the space will be ever changing, ideal for repeat visits. Drop in to view and purchase completed paintings, or watch him create his latest 'live' masterpiece. He's contemplating something on his currently blank white ceiling, and the back wall features the San Francisco skyline, painted live during the gallery's grand opening. Ross is often found in the gallery's upstairs  studio.

“By sharing the progression of my work, I aim to engage the public in the entire sphere of a working artist’s lifestyle, from the studio experience to live painting demonstrations, workshops, and viewing finished artwork in a gallery setting.” said Ian.

It may be new to the streets of San Francisco, but Ian Ross, his murals, and his Gallery are sure to old favorites in no time.

Get updates on their Facebook page.

Ian Ross was also recommended by Spotted By Locals, the only San Francisco Travel Guide written by locals.

Photo by Kimberley Lovato

Photo by Kimberley Lovato

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Kimberley Lovato

Kimberley Lovato has written about travel, lifestyle and food for national and international publications and websites including National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, American Way, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Ryan Air, b.there, Easy Jet Traveller, and, among others. She is the author of a Michelin Guidebook on Brussels, where she lived for six years Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, about the Dordogne region of France, won the "Best Travel Book" nod in 2012 from the Society of American Travel Writers, as did her personal essay, "Lost and Liberated," which also appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8. When she's not plotting her next trip or her annual pilgrimage to France, she resides in San Francisco where she is a correspondent for BBC's Passport Blog, a student in Stanford University's Creative Writing Certificate program, and a brave mother of a teenaged girl.