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 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. 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.
Stephen Bliss started his career in 1986 working as in-house designer with Japanese fashion pioneers Hysteric Glamour. 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, 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 a t-shirt company called Steroid, selling his designs through high end fashion stores in UK, the Singapore and Japan.
2018 sees Bliss returning to his roots as both a commercial and fine artist. Recent commissions include campaigns for Coca Cola and Coors Wicked Beer, posters for the band Pixies, movies for All Eyez On Me and Atomic Blonde, as well as huge murals for the Miami Ad School (Queens, NY) and Space 52 recording studio (Miami). His recent solo shows, one in LA, entitled ‘I, Frankenstein’, at the Monorex Gallery and “The Mystery of Doomed Romance” at the iconic West Bank Gallery in Notting Hill, London, were critically acclaimed and sold out. Bliss is currently planning a solo show for Tokyo in late 2018.