Sounds kind of unlikely, doesn't it? But thanks to a partnership between Sega and art publisher Washington Green, retro games icon Sonic is indeed to star in his own art exhibition.
The works are said to be diverse in style and come from critically acclaimed artists. Expect fine art, sculpture and mixed media. Some of them will eventually be sold as signed limited editions along with a certificate signed by Sonic series founder Naoto Oshima.
The collection will go on show Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street, London, on December 2nd.
Our goal when it came to Sonic's 25th Anniversary was to celebrate, but also mark the occasion with a series of initiatives which take a unique view on what is one of the world's most iconic video game characters” Sega Europe's director of brand licensing Jason Rice said.
The Sonic licensing programme is already well known for its art programmes but we wanted to really push the boundaries with this project. 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.”
Washington Green Fine Art founder and director Glyn Washington added: Sega has had a huge impact on popular culture and no doubt, many of the artists producing work for this celebratory art collection grew up playing Sonic the Hedgehog themselves. This collection will appeal to both art collectors and Sega enthusiasts alike with each artist involved interpreting the gaming icon in their own style – showing a side of Sonic that fans won't have seen before.”