McMenamins Artwork

Art is life!
  • Take a look at the incredible artwork that adorns our walls, ceilings, floors, doors and more at our pubs, breweries and hotels. Who thinks up this stuff? Who creates it? What is the inspiration? Originally, the artwork served a practical purpose – as Mike McMenamin puts it, "We had good-sized walls to cover." But over the course of twenty-plus years, the art evolved into an expression of the building's history, the company's mission and of McMenamins itself.

    “You can’t just decorate an old building like a VW bus.”

    Lyle Hehn McMenamins artist

    There is an astounding amount of historical research, thought and care that goes into each piece. The artists have dubbed their style "historical surrealism." Company historian Tim Hills starts the process by gathering documents, oral histories, photographs, blueprints and more that tell the tale of a particular location. He talks with former residents of the neighborhood or students of the school or perhaps descendants of the original owners to learn what made the spot unique and lively. Then, the core group of craftspeople (Lyle Hehn, Myrna Yoder, Jennifer Joyce, Joe Cotter, Kolieha Bush, Olivia Behm and others) gather to discuss the anecdotes or images that inspire them or have already sprung to life within their imaginations.

    Next, they map out the area to be embellished -- perhaps a pub wall or guestroom door -- and get to work, sketching, transferring and painting. The creative process can take anywhere from days to months, but because of the ever-changing nature of the company, no location is ever considered "finished."

    McMenamins artwork – and the philosophy behind it – is continually being reenvisioned, renewed and refreshed. Even if you think you've seen it all, keep your eyes open – our artists are in perpetual motion so you never know what you'll find around the bend.

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      Andy Eccleshall

      Andy Eccleshall

      Ben Wilson

      Ben Wilson

      Brenna White

      Brenna White

      Carol Meckling

      Carol Meckling

      Casey Doherty

      Casey Doherty

      Cathie Joy Young

      Cathie Joy Young

      Charles Lucas

      Charles Lucas

      Charlotte Lewis

      Charlotte Lewis

      Cleo Hehn

      Cleo Hehn

      Damian Zari

      Damian Zari

      Donna Lutzky

      Donna Lutzky

      Eona Skelton

      Eona Skelton

      Greta Musland

      Greta Musland

      Guy Drennan

      Guy Drennan

      Heather Carr

      Heather Carr

      Isaka Shamsud Din

      Isaka Shamsud Din

      Jenny Joyce

      Jenny Joyce

      Joe Cotter

      Joe Cotter

      John Osgood

      John Osgood

      Jonathan Case

      Jonathan Case

      Justyn Livingston

      Justyn Livingston

      Kolieha Bush

      Kolieha Bush

      Lyle Hehn

      Lyle Hehn

      Mary Tapogna

      Mary Tapogna

      Michelle Waldele-Dick

      Michelle Waldele-Dick

      Mike King

      Mike King

      Myrna Yoder

      Myrna Yoder

      Olivia Behm

      Olivia Behm

      Pam Mummy

      Pam Mummy

      Patty Forte Linna

      Patty Forte Linna

      Reeva Wortel

      Reeva Wortel

      Scott Young

      Scott Young

      Senada Miljevic

      Senada Miljevic

      Shanon Playford

      Shanon Playford

      Shelby Cook

      Shelby Cook

      Sheri Foster

      Sheri Foster

      Susan Comerford

      Susan Comerford

      Susan Holland

      Susan Holland

      Travis Baechler

      Travis Baechler