Stephen Bliss started his career in 1986 working as an in-house designer with Japanese fashion pioneers Hysteric Glamour and after 4 years returned to London where he established himself as a freelance illustrator.
Stephen’s hyper-real graphic illustrations and designs are greatly influenced by his time in Japan, most notably the art style of Manga comics. His quirky design aesthetic has been widely acclaimed and used across editorial, branding, album covers, and large advertising campaigns. He has worked with the likes of Wall of Sound Records, MTV, Aardman Animation, The Cartoon Network, Pepsi, Sony, GQ, The Sunday Times and Massive Attack.
From 2001 to 2016, Stephen worked as a senior artist with Rockstar Games during which time he established the initial highly recognisable illustrative styles that defined the look, feel and positioning of the gaming mega-franchise Grand Theft Auto.
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. His recent solo shows at the Monorex Gallery, LA and at the iconic West Bank Gallery in Notting Hill, London, were both critically acclaimed and sold out.