As Senior Artist with Rockstar Games from 2001 to 2016 Stephen Bliss helped establish the highly recognizable illustrative style that defined the look, feel and positioning of the gaming mega-franchise Grand Theft Auto. He designed merchandise, painted posters, billboards, video game box covers and magazine covers for GTA and many other successful game titles such as The Warriors, LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption. Bliss also headed Rockstar’s Lifestyle Branding department, creating non-game related imagery and products that helped reinforce Rockstar’s reputation as a creative powerhouse.
Bliss started his career working as in-house designer with Japanese fashion pioneers Hysteric Glamour in 1986. After 4 years Bliss returned to London where he established himself as a freelance illustrator, focusing on painstakingly detailed comic strips; revealing a Japanese influence perfectly meshed with Western culture, and a morbid sense of humor. He found homes for his quirky design aesthetic at Wall of Sound Records, BMG Records, MTV, Aardman Animation, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, The Cartoon Network, Nintendo, Pepsi, Sony, Burton Snowboards, GQ, the Sunday Times and Massive Attack (No Protection album cover).
In the late ‘90s he moved away from commercial illustration to concentrate on his own personal artwork. He also started a t-shirt company called Steroid, selling his designs through high end fashion stores in UK, Singapore and Japan.
2016 sees Bliss returning to his roots as both a commercial and fine artist. Recent commissions have included huge murals at the Miami Ad School (Queens, NY) and Space 52 recording studio (Miami). He has also recently completed his first solo show in LA, called ‘I, Frankenstein’, at the Monorex gallery.
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2016: I, Frankenstein, Monorex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2009: Paint It Black show, Green Label Art Gallery, NYC
2000: Spirit Gallery, London
2000: Alphabet, London
1999: Browns Focus, London
1998: Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016: Gonzo: Hunter S. Thompson artshow, Westbank Gallery, London, UK
2016: Rock, Paper, Scissors, The Highline Loft, NYC
2016: Artwalk: Coalition for the homeless, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
2012: Free Arts NYC, Eye Beam Gallery, NYC
2010: Living The Dream, Fuse Gallery, NYC
2010: 3D Art Show, Opera Gallery, NYC
2010: Fuse Gallery Draw Tour, Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City
2008: Park Life Show, Subliminal Projects, LA
2007: The Beast Within, Showroom Gallery, NYC
2007: Bernstein and Andrulli: Boutique Show, Fuse Gallery, NYC
2007: Fuse Gallery Draw Tour, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, Texas
2007: Move #15: Ballpoint Pen Show, Cinders Gallery, NYC
2007: Slipmat Art Project Show Tour, The Reed Space, NYC
2006: Thundermutt Show, Neo-Studios, NYC
2006: The M.C. Show, Riviera Gallery, NYC
2005: Vinyl Klash exhibition, C-Pop Gallery, Detroit
2005: WIWP Remixed Show, Phonica Records, London
2003: Celebrity Theme Show, The Essex, NYC
2003: Faesthetic x 55 DSL Present - 8.5 x 11, Deisel flagship store, NYC
2002: Customized Levis Label Show, Barbican Gallery, London
2001: The LP Show, Exit Art Gallery, NYC
2001: Experience Music Project, Seattle Center, Seattle
1998: Parco 7th Anniversary Show, Parco Gallery, Japan
1995: What makes you think you're so special? Blue Note, London