“Every project is a grand adventure,
if passion for the work and inspiration are your guides.”
Eric Grohe, excerpt from lecture
Columbus College of Art and Design
About the Art
Eric Grohe Murals Working in
cooperation with architects, designers, art commissions and community
representatives, Eric Grohe creates mural art that transforms the
environment and communities as well. He believes that his art should
involve, challenge and inspire the viewer; not simply adorn, but
integrate with its architectural surroundings.
The large public mural projects are painted on site and typically
take several months, giving the local community a unique opportunity
to witness the day-to-day creation of a work of art.
Mr. Grohe continues to refine the technologies, methods and equipment
that ensure the permanence and cost effectiveness of his work. For
large-scale exterior projects, he prefers to use Keim
Mineral Paint from Germany. Murals painted in the 19th century
with Keim have retained their original appearance to this day. The
paint crystallizes into mineral substrates and will not fade, peel
or blister. Mr. Grohe is one of just a few muralists in the country
skilled in the use of this unique and superior paint.
Grohe murals are designed to endure, for the enjoyment of generations
About the Artist
Alan Grohe was born in New York City in 1944. He moved
to the West Coast when he was young, currently residing just north
of Seattle, Washington. His professional career as a graphic designer
and illustrator began in Seattle in 1961, briefly interrupted by
a tour of duty in Vietnam. Back at home, Eric was hired as a graphic
designer by Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson, a national architectural
firm. Later he worked with the Cambridge University archaeology
dept., illustrating digs in France, Greece, Israel and England.
Returning stateside, Eric worked in New York City as a freelance
In 1973, he was asked to design graphics for Expo’74 in Spokane,
Washington. At this time, he began receiving commissions for his
artwork, which have continued to grow in scope and size, leading
to today’s large-scale trompe l’oeil murals. Throughout
his 43-year career as a professional artist, Grohe has received
international recognition for his work, which is now focused on painting
figurative and architectural murals for clients around the world.