Games are Art.


Welcome to the Game Art Galleries

Hi. Hello? Is this mike still on? It’s been a while since I’ve used this thing… But anyway!

Here’s why I’m poking my head out of my proverbial hole. Games are Art! Hah! There. No questions and mike drop!

Okay. That was a bit unfair. Let me elaborate a bit…

Games Are Art

Simply put, one of the main tenets of Raw Fury is that games are art. We’ve championed this from the very beginning of our inception, and I think that anyone who has followed us knows this. We see games as potential carriers of great art like any other creative medium. For those of you that have been here for a while, this belief – that games are art – comes as no surprise.

We have tried to match our words with actions by shunning traditional “game” traps like genres, graphic styles, or mechanics, while seeking out games that make us lean in. That make us feel something. We see games as vehicles for a greater message, than purely entertainment.

So what?

Art is never so important as during difficult times and 2020 tested us all in every way possible.

Art allows us to escape, to seek meaning, and to give a universal voice to our inner thoughts. On top of interpretating our collective past and present, art carries our hopes, dreams, fears, and wishes for a better future. Due to this transcendent quality games have never been more important than during this hellscape of a year. We have seen this in the messages people have sent us and in the titles submitted to us.

It's time for us at Raw Fury to take the next step, to stand behind our convictions. Later this summer, when people can (hopefully) start to regain some sort of semblance of the reality we once knew, we intend to open two game-focused art galleries — One in Stockholm, Sweden and the other in Zagreb, Croatia. As the bases of operations, these two cities will be the hub in which we begin to prove “games as art” to the world. In addition, we will launch a virtual art gallery in conjunction with the real-world locations.

Actual Art Galleries?

Yup! But to fill those physical spaces, we’ll need actual works of art. In addition to new and previously commissioned works from our artist-in-residence, Dijana Kemic ,we are commissioning at least 22 new pieces of physical art from artists around the world. These pieces will be based on games from our catalogue with a focus on artists from underrepresented communities. We will pay $1000.00 USD to each selected artist for their inclusion in our galleries.

Finally, at the end of the summer we will be auctioning off the commissioned pieces with money raised to be split between the artists and a charity of which will be negotiated with the original artists. No money will go to Raw Fury as one of our primary drivers is to underline the value of art –artists should be fairly treated and compensated for their contribution to furthering along society and connecting it via a universal medium.

So what is the plan?

Well… here’s a schedule. With dates and such for your convenience! We’ll be announcing additional details before each major step.

May 3 - May 10: Art submission period 

May 10 – May 17: Curation period and responses to all applicants 

May 17 – June 10: Art being created by selected artists. Also revealing news about collaborations. 

June 10 – June 27: Art work shipping period 

June 28-29: Prep physical galleries 

June 30: Grand opening of the exhibitions (physically and online) 

June 30 – September 24: Ongoing exhibition 

September 14 – September 24: Silent auction – online bidding on all exhibited art works 

September 24: Final day of auction & live stream with guests 

What now?

There are a few reasons we decided to pursue this initiative: To brighten up the world in any way we can; To help facilitate artists to interact with games in new ways and to open up new revenue streams for them; To put our money where our mouth is and prove our convictions; To add to the conversation that art is valuable; And finally, to find something more worthwhile to spend our money on than spatulas and bags of potatoes.

We plan to do much more of this in the future if possible, but we need your help to spread the word! If you’re an artist or knows a friend (working with any kind of artform from physical paintings to cosplay, sculptures to digital art, or whatever your medium of choice), we urge you to apply for one of our commission slots here: LINK

Coming to you from the House of Fury, while sitting under a painting of Bad North, painted by Dijana Kemić.

Jónas Antonsson