Eric Alan Grohe was born in New York City in 1944, and moved West when he was young. In 1961 his career as a graphic designer and illustrator began, but was interrupted by a tour of duty in Vietnam. After he returned home, Eric was hired by by Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson in the position for a graphic designer. “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 illustrator.”
I find his talent to be so inspiring and the 3D quality is just phenomenal. The “before” and “after” building photos are just AMAZING!!
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.
55 Diamond Court
“This mural adds life and dignity to a previously nondescript corner of town and every window projects a different scene…within each framed vignette.”
This mural was painted to celebrate Mercedes Benz and to thank their loyal customers. It “reflects the elegance, integrity, and quality of both Mercedes Benz craftsmanship and the hallmark characteristics of this landmark company.”
Paths of Promise
Well, blow me away! The four murals are in a women’s prison and were meant to inspire and to give inmates a visual/mental escape.
Ohio and Erie Canal
The mural of the Ohio & Erie Canal depicts the canal as it passed through Massillon, Ohio, which is directly behind the building it was painted on.
“Rather than cover the entire wall with paint, the design of this mural utilizes the existing brick as part of the scene’s architectural setting.”
Niagara at the Mall
This shopping mall wanted to get the attention from the people on the nearby freeway nearby and to engage the visitors and tourists at the entrance.
Marion, Heart of Ohio
“The taller portion of the wall features a niche, in which there are four statues representing the foundations on which the town was built: pioneers, agriculture, industry, and education. They support the future, depicted in the form of a globe, on which a young woman who represents the present, points to the location of Marion, Ohio.”
A nationally recognized monument honoring veterans was created on a concrete block reinforced old brick wall. Lady Liberty cradles a dying soldier in her arms and is surrounded by portraits of 284 veterans from Crawford County, Ohio in this mural.
“The mural was almost completed when the tragedy of 9/11 occurred. Eric composed the phrase “Her torch still shines, our flag still waves,” which he added to the interior arch as a memorial to this event. A book was later published featuring all the veteran submissions for the mural.”
This mural is “dedicated educators, physicians, nurses, employees and volunteers who have served this health care provider for over a century.”
Bucyrus Great American Crossroad
In the main square of town, a dramatic entrance to the city greets all those who pass by this mural. “Over 80 local citizens posed for the figures in the mural, which depicts this same square early in the last century.”
A Century Of Heroes
In Massillon, Ohio, a once dingy cement wall downtown is now a landmark that showcases one of the most famous high school football teams in America.
In the Beginning God Created
This mural is based on the Biblical verse Genesis 1:1 and illustrates the seven days of creation.
Of course, I had to end with a turtle. (smile)