‘The Office’: What Became of Jim and Pam’s Clown Painting?

The Office might not have been about romance exactly, but fans were still deeply invested in relationships that started inside Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly’s relationship took center stage in the later seasons of the show. When Jim and Pam bought a house, fans were delighted, but have you ever wondered what became of the creepy clown picture that Jim insisted they couldn’t remove?  

Jim and Pam’s house had a clown painting that they both hated

In season 5, Jim purchased a home to share with Pam. While the sentiment touched her, she had a hard time getting past one thing. The house came complete with a rather creepy clown poster on the wall.

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Jim insisted that they couldn’t remove the artwork. He surmised the frame was important to the integrity of the home. While a load-bearing picture seems a bit far-fetched, he and Pam moved on, and fans assumed the poster still hung in their home. Eagle-eyed fans, however, know better.  

The clown painting later showed up in the warehouse

While Jim insisted the painting couldn’t be removed from the wall, he and Pam eventually found a way. Later in the series, the panting showed up once again. This time, it was in the warehouse with a sales sticker on it.

The cast of ‘The Office’ | Mitchell Haaseth/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Fans point out that the painting was clearly up for sale. It appears in several scenes with a sales sticker on it. How they got the picture off the wall is still a mystery. Fans also were not clued into whether the painting sold. 

Jim and Pam’s painting is really in circulation

The production team didn’t create the painting for The Office. The actual image is by a Polish artist named Marian Stachurski. A Reddit user notes that the original image was produced in the early 1970s, with reproductions created and used in advertisements through the decade. Some prints have the word “Cryk” printed across the bottom and were used as advertisements for the circus.

John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesley| Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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Fans of The Office who aren’t afraid of clowns can grab a reproduction on several websites, including eBay. Stachurski created posters for other events, too. Much of his work revolved around the circus and magic shows, though.