Stephen 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, 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, and customized Gameboys for Nintendo, 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.
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.
2017 sees Bliss returning to his roots as both a commercial and fine artist. Recent commissions include campaigns for Nike, Coca Cola and Cors Beer, huge murals at the Miami Ad School (Queens, NY) and Space 52 recording studio (Miami). He’s currently preparing a piece that will be viewed by 4 million eyeballs weekly on NY’s West Side Highway at Classic Car Club in Manhattan. His first solo show in LA, entitled ‘I, Frankenstein’, at the Monorex Gallery nearly sold out, and two shows are coming later in the year: “In Throbbing Color” at The Pop Gallery, in Cornwall UK, “The Birth of Electrogasm (and Other Stories)” at the iconic West Bank Gallery in Notting Hill, London.