Update: The artists taking part in the project have been announced as Dan Lane, Paul Kenton, Frédéric Daty, Louis Sidoli, Stuart McAlpine Miller, Robert Oxley, Craig Davison, Keith Maiden, and Nic Joly.
You can see pictures of four of the pieces of art in the gallery below.
Original report: SEGA Europe has partnered with leading fine art publisher Washington Green to pay homage to Sonic The Hedgehog through a collection of fine art pieces celebrating the icon’s 25th anniversary.
The collection will feature a diverse range of original works “executed through a number of mediums and creative styles, including sculpture, painting and mixed media”. We’re really hoping to see some form of egg-based Doctor Robotnik piece.
“The Sonic licensing programme is already well known for its art programmes but we wanted to really push the boundaries with this project,” said SEGA Europe’s director of brand licensing Jason Rice. “With Washington Green we have been able to create a one-of-a-kind collection for the franchise. They have given us access to some of contemporary art’s most celebrated artists not to mention a number of new up and coming talents. The result is a collection of truly stunning and innovative works from some of the finest painters and sculptors around today.”
Some of the original pieces will be reproduced and sold as signed limited editions. Each will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, hand signed by Naoto Oshima, one of the founding members and designers of the original Sonic franchise.
A VIP gallery launch will take place on December 1 at Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street, with a public exhibition opening the following day. The limited edition pieces will be available from December 2 across Washington Green’s 34 Castle Fine Art galleries across the UK.
If you’ve got a Sonic fan in your family that’s Christmas sorted then.
Two new Sonic games are currently planned for next year. First up will be Sonic Mania, which promises to bring fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core classic gameplay by re-imagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles.
This will be followed in holiday 2017 by a new “epic title” from Sonic Team.