Characters, vehicles, and environments from our favorite movies and video games are often developed years in advance of their public debuts. Early on in the pre-production of movies and video games, concept artists collaborate with directors and producers to create the visual design for intellectual properties. Concept artists are required not only to have the drawing and painting skills of a fine artist and the knowledge of an industrial designer, but they also need to have the vision and creativity to generate entirely new designs and concepts. In the past few decades, concept artists have migrated away from working in oil, acrylic, pencil, and pen and have moved to a more efficient digital medium.
The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is proud to present Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art that explores the work that defines this genre and showcases exemplary pieces of character design, vehicle design, environment painting, matte painting, and storyboarding.
This exhibition is curated by Nicole West, a Development Director II at Electronic Arts, who has worked in the arts and entertainment fields since graduating from the University of Southern California. She has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science, Babel Media, and Brash Entertainment. She has organized concept art exhibitions that have been viewed by thousands of people.