Artist: Jacob Tanner
Elements: Aerosol and latex paint
Jacob Tanner is a Columbus artist who has been making art his entire life. He’s always been interested in classic fine art, masters paintings, but in high school, his friend introduced him to graffiti. That’s when he says he began to appreciate it as an art form as much as classic fine art. His style now is a mixture of the two.
“Getting approached by Easton was a huge honor and sort of a milestone for my career personally,” said Tanner. “Landing a large-scale mural project has been a goal of mine for the past 10 years or so, and I’ve watched the mural scene grow from almost nothing in Columbus to people actually taking in good consideration for the art form. I speak for myself and all artists in the city when I say we are super appreciative of Easton taking into account murals as public art and a legitimate art form.”
The Leviathan is sort of a mythical creature which has popped up in his art work more than a few times. He says it’s a “shout out” to lost and forgotten places, mythical creatures and forgotten worlds. Tanner purposefully painted the water and everything under the water darker than all the subject matter above the water. Tanner wanted that to be a clear contrast that people can notice when they are looking at the piece. “What that means, hopefully, is that people will come to their own conclusions and think about what that means to them.” The Levianthan is located on the north side of Forbidden Root.