Into the Pixel 2011 results were announced and we’re extremely excited by the results. Taking home 3 of the available 17 awards, Big Fish Games Studios won more awards than any other game studio (for those who missed it, we also won 3 awards at Into the Pixel 2010).
We want to congratulate Hamzah Kasom Osman, Bryan Thompson, and Jeff Haynie on their fine work. Way to go, fellas! You’ve made us all proud.
For those who aren’t familiar with Into the Pixel, it represents an exploration and celebration of the art of video games from around the world. Created in 2004 by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and the Entertainment Software Association, Into The Pixel features a sampling of video game art, selected by a panel of industry recognized jurors from an open field of submissions.
"Into the Pixel is the industry’s premier showcase for the art of computer and video games and celebration of the artists whose talent creates these stunning images," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. "ESA is proud to partner with AIAS to facilitate this valuable intersection between the traditional and digital art worlds."
Into the Pixel attempts to explore and expose the art of video games to interested parties worldwide. Moreover, the exhibition offers an opportunity for published video and computer game artists to be reviewed and recognized by the public and by their peers in both the fine art and video game worlds. This year, the panel of jurors included the following:
- Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute, Senior Project Specialist & Consulting Curator, Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art
- Nora Dolan – Independent Curator
- Ryan Wilkerson, Microsoft Game Studios, Senior Art Director
- Matt Hall, Timbuk2 Studios, Senior Partner Production Designer
- Brian Moore, Microsoft Game Studios, Art Director
"Now that public institutions have accepted video games as a legitimate form of art, there is no question that video game art has and will continue to have a place in the contemporary art scene," said Martin Rae, president, AIAS. "The AIAS is pleased to partner with the ESA in this celebration, and is looking forward to continue pushing the recognition of our artist members’ efforts."
Without further ado, here are our winners! In all likelihood you’ve seen a couple of these images during game play. Click on any image to see it full size.
Drawn: Dark Flight Dragon
Artists: Bryan Thompson and Hamzah Kasom Osman
Drawn 3 Cottage
Artist: Hamzah Kasom Osman
Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull Swamp
Artist: Jeff Haynie