Square Enix has asked several arts to take their own unique style and apply it across 11 different pieces that capture the “eclectic atmosphere and melancholic themes of NieR in a contemporary style.” And from seeing the pieces I’m a bit jealous that I can’t purchase them for my office as some of these beautiful pieces capture the spirit of Yoko Taro’s series well.
This online exhibition is a collaboration between Square Enix and the French Paper Gallery, an online gallery dedicated to screen prints, pop culture, music, and street art. According to the press release for this event, The French Paper Art Club works with official licenses and commissions artists from the whole world about major themes of video games, movies, and comics.
There are several artists from all over Europe involved, Førtifem, from France is a collaboration between Jesse Daubertes & Adrien Havet. Previously working as graphic designers, the two decides to pair up and combine their skills under one name. They’ve since focused on illustrations and using paper for their projects, and from that emerged a style “midway between striking tattoos and detailed ancient engravings.”
Lorenzo De Felici hails from Rome, Italy and has spent time working in the film industry before becoming a full-time comic artist. He is currently working with Robert Kirkman called Oblivion Song.
El Marques from Spain is an illustrator and graphic designer and is known during the day as Adria Marquès where they live in Barcelona. Most of his work is in illustrations in books and magazines but he also designs record artwork, posters and merchandise for bands.
Guy-Pascal Vallez or Gax is another artist from France working in illustration and comics. Gax enjoys creating worlds that are elaborate and fully rendered and enjoys using watercolour to bring things to life.
Ammo is an artist from Belgium but studied art and Les Beaux-arts in France. He now lives in Brussel working as an illustrator preferring small lines, little dots, graphite and ink.
Alex Wezta is a Russian artist living in the town of Arkhangelsk and is known for his medieval icons and Roman-inspired art.
Nicolas Côme aka Sinpiggyhead is a tattoo artist based out of Paris, France. He draws inspiration from manga, dinosaurs, video games, superheroes, genre movies, music, and tattoos. His art uses black dots mainly and is filled with melancholia and fun.
Rob Bowyer hails from the UK and enjoys skulls, dingy cyberpunk and fantasy characters. His style is popular in high-fantasy illustrations since it’s all done entirely by hand.
Guillaume Singelin from France is a leader of new wave French illustration artists, revisiting the traditional medium of “Bande-dessinée” (comics & graphic novel). His style is a mix of manga and US indie illustrations, with a penchant for graphic design.
Nikita Kaun from Saint-Petersburg, Russia is known for his hypnotic, surrealist style and his illustrations are described as “peeking into a dream.” He likes mixing black and white textures with minimal pops of colour.
Francesca Pusceddu a Spanish artist living in Scotland, where she serves as an illustrator and is driven by traditional forms of illustration applied to contemporary themes. She uses a multi-technical approach for the realization of illustrations, as for example hand-made drawings implemented by the utilization of digital software.