Go under the hood with Harley-Davidson licensed artist Mathew Hintz

With the title of Harley-Davidsons Licensed Fine Artists, it was a special treat to have Milwaukee-native Mathew Hintz as our exclusive guest for Artist Bike Night on July 30 at The Iron Horse Hotel. Not only did Mathew mingle with other motorcycle enthusiasts in attendance – he also designed a poster created specially for the event and the hotel, which each attendee got to leave with at the end of the night!


In case you weren’t able to come to the event, we got to sit down with Mathew to talk about his painting, his background, and what excites him in his work.

Q: How long have you been an official Harley-Davidson artist? How did that relationship develop? 

A graduate from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Mathew told us that he has been painting and designing for Harley-Davidson since he interned in 1998. According to Mathew, he simply got an internship with Harley and “never left.”

Q: What inspires you to create?

Mathew said that he “loves the form of motorcycles,” including the shapes, different structures and the evolution of the design.

Q: How did this partnership with The Iron Horse Hotel come about?

Because of The Iron Horse Hotel’s rider amenities and strong ties to the motorcycle community, Mathew felt that the hotel was a “natural fit.” His associate Adam reached out to the hotel and everyone agreed that the partnership would be a great idea for Artist Bike Night and the Gallery Night in the Bike Night series. Being a Milwaukeean working with a Milwaukee-based hotel didn’t hurt either!

Q: What was the creative process like for designing this exclusive Hintz Studios/The Iron Horse Hotel poster? 

Talks with the hotel resulted in a visit to The Iron Horse Hotel, exploring the property and taking photos with for reference with his phone – including the historic structure as well as Harleys that happened to be parked in the lot. Combining the two resulted in the creation that was unveiled at the event.

Even if you missed out on Artist Bike Night, you can still take advantage of our Thursday evening motorcycle series, Bike Nights, every Thursday through Sept. 3! Check out the schedule here.

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