Stephen — Bliss
Stephen Bliss started his career in 1986 working as an in-house designer with the Japanese fashion pioneers Hysteric Glamour. He then returned to London after 4 years to begin his career as a freelance illustrator. He focused on detailed comic strips, combining his Japanese beginnings, his Western roots, and a wonderfully morbid sense of humor. He found home for his work at the Wall of Sound Records, BMG Records, MTV, Aardman Animation, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, The Cartoon Network, Pepsi, Sony, Burton Snowboards, GQ, The Sunday Times and Massive Attack (No Protection album cover).
In the late ‘90s he wrote and illustrated comic strips for Sega’s Sonic the Comic, Deadline Comics and the Guardian newspaper before moving away from commercial illustration to concentrate on his own personal artwork. He also started “Steroid”, a company selling his designs through high end fashion stores in US, Singapore and Japan.
Later he became Senior Artist with Rockstar Games from 2001 to 2016. Stephen Bliss established the iconic style that defined the look, feel and positioning of the gaming mega-franchise Grand Theft Auto. He painted video game box covers, posters, billboards and magazine covers for GTA and many other successful game titles such as The Warriors, LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption defining much of the video game industry as we know it today. Bliss also headed Rockstar’s Lifestyle Branding department, creating non-game related posters and products that helped reinforce Rockstar’s reputation as a creative powerhouse.
Bliss left Rockstar Games in 2016 to resume his work as an illustrator, fine artist, and muralist. His solo shows have been featured in London, New York and LA and has murals in Guam, Miami, Queens, and recently installations at Perkins Coie’s Manhattan office.