Because It's Friday: Tapestries of Erin M. Riley

Posted on October 5 2012, 6:00am | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Rockstar

Taking inspiration from the lurid world of modern day camera-phone portraiture (particularly self-portraiture) and web-cam culture - mediums that tend to dwell on the pervasive themes of sex, drugs, and ego-run-amok - young Philadelphia-based artist, Erin M. Riley strikingly translates this often sleazy and disturbing imagery into the staid form of traditional woven tapestry art.

Having caught our eye originally with this piece entitled "Grand Theft Auto" derived from a somewhat ubiquitous photo that had made the rounds around the web of a pig-tailed blonde girl toking up in a room with a San Andreas poster in the background - we delved deeper into Erin's work to appreciate her brilliant collection of tapestry art.

You can check out more of her awesome work and find out where to catch exhibits at

  • R* Mon October 15 2012, 12:12pmReplyFlag
    @DarthCrossfader glad you like them
    • ShadeyAcreson October 7 2012, 7:25pmReplyFlag
      @R* I hope this isn't really off topic but are you guys by any chance going to release a version of GTA Vice City on PSN or XBL in the near future?
      • JordyBoothyon October 8 2012, 9:49amReplyFlag
        @ShadeyAcres Scroll down to the bottom of the page, look under the "MORE" section, click "Mouthoff" and a box will appear, allowing you to type and send a query directly to someone at Rockstar.
      • Sprunk1995on October 10 2012, 4:21amReplyFlag
        @JordyBoothy They aren't going to tell him that via Mouthoff neither, best bet is to stay tuned to the Newswire for the latest news.
    • Sprunk1995on October 7 2012, 4:54pmReplyFlag
      I remember those days when i was super excited for Max Payne 3 release back in April and May, i made those two :

      Of course let's not forget Grand Theft Auto V ! :)

      Sure thing i will be doing more like that about GTA V soon for now i don't have alot to draw, those Max Payne i drawed were inspired by the MP3 desktop wallpapers, maybe when GTA V wallpapers release i'll do more :)
      • mattyg892on October 7 2012, 9:19amReplyFlag
        Nice works, wouldent mind one of these drapped on my wall.It kinda reminds me of a new plague terrorizing my city.Some criminals are wild knitting all over, turning dark alley's and boring objects in to colorful playgrounds.Its like a new form of graffiti but for girls ; )
        • R* Xon October 7 2012, 11:29amReplyFlag
          @mattyg892 Awesome! These are really cool. Thanks for sending them our way
      • JordyBoothyon October 6 2012, 2:04pmReplyFlag
        Artists are people who take a step back from the commotion and observe it. In today's society where people are engulfed by ideas, trends and roles that beg to define each person, it's even more difficult to do so. I therefore really appreciate that someone like Erin can interpret us into a form of traditional medium, so that once again there will be a generation immortalised by artwork. Just as we're fascinated by the cultures of yesterday, people ahead of our time can look back on us and think how weird we really were/are.

        You guys at Rockstar have also done this with each of your games; Max Payne's dialogue in his latest game upheld a lot of cynical observations about the people of our time. I can't help but feel that Dan Houser and other writers involved in Rockstar Games love to insert their own analysis of the world; whether it's presented humorously in the form of a radio ad, metaphorically announced like in Red Dead Redemption, or put bluntly by Niko Bellic or Max Payne. All examples of which are as artistically relevant as the works of Erin Riley, so it's no surprise that you've chosen to promote her work here.

        Didn't expect to write that much... Felt like I got something off my chest, there. Cheers!
        • R* Xon October 6 2012, 2:08pmReplyFlag
          @JordyBoothy Wow - thanks for your very insightful thoughts
        • thatkush77on October 6 2012, 6:23pmReplyFlag
          @JordyBoothy Rockstar Games differ from other gaming companies because they are artists. Can't really top that comment lol but they really do make art.
      • RussianTheftAutoon October 6 2012, 7:48amReplyFlag
        GTA Criminal Russia beta 2 - Intro
        • Aymen5555on October 6 2012, 6:29amReplyFlag
          rockstar i sent an email a week ago nd didn't get reply ticket #470159
          • RussianTheftAutoon October 6 2012, 2:21amReplyFlag
            Today, in the dream, I saw the second trailer for GTA 5... xD
            • gman33on October 5 2012, 6:26pmReplyFlag
              Its really amazing how technology can help produce great art. I remmber years ago mostly doing everything by hand sketch drawings and even doing oil paintings on a canvas and then washing it with chemical stuff to make it dry. As a artist i feel that technology will replace hand drawings and sketches its awsome to see a new medium out there instead of just doing the old school way all the time. :)
              • R* Aon October 6 2012, 11:17amReplyFlag
                @gman33 Thanks for sharing your thoughts mate
            • member734727on October 5 2012, 4:42pmReplyFlag
              Best phone call ever in any GTA!

              • Sprunk1995on October 5 2012, 4:57pmReplyFlag
                @member734727 Nothing beats :

                "Niko ! It's Roman ! Want to go bowling ?"
              • member734727on October 5 2012, 5:11pmReplyFlag
                @Sprunk1995 Sorry, I should've been more specific. I meant like the best insult phone call. lol But yes your right, nothing beats Roman's calls.
              • thatkush77on October 5 2012, 5:29pmReplyFlag
                @member734727 Dude they have to do some stuff like that in GTA V. Imagine someone calling Albert de Silva or whoever the protagonist is saying "I'M GONNA F***ING KILL YOU! ILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE AND F***ING KILL YOU! WHERE IS THE GODDAMN MONEY!" Man I love Vice CIty.
              • n10gamingon October 5 2012, 10:08pmReplyFlag
                @thatkush77 what about a hey niko call where roman calls the wrong number it would be SO FUNNY or you call niko just for the lulz! :D
            • Sprunk1995on October 5 2012, 4:01pmReplyFlag
              Do you know this song ? no s#!t who dosen't ! lol i kinda forgot it and found it a few minutes ago by accident on Youtube and wanted to share it with you haha :]


              Also i found some images that you may like, they remind me of RDR :




              • IWIHooliganon October 5 2012, 3:50pmReplyFlag
                #4 bottom right, is tapestry art of my coffee table at any given moment.:P These are wonderful though, when it comes to art these images are right up my alley. You can keep vase's sitting next to fruit, I'm looking for something that I can relate too and here it is. ;)
                • danutz_1987on October 5 2012, 3:42pmReplyFlag
                  Rockstar I need your answers please ( I'm sorry for my english and I'm sorry because I write this message on this article)

                  I know will be a very beautiful and complete game but I wish to have one thing when I'll play the game.
                  All I want in Grant Theft Auto V (of course if you can do this) it's when I'm driving the police car I wish to turn on the hazard warning lights without sound.That will make me happy!!! Honestly.Thank You Rockstar.Respect from Romania.I hope you understand my message...:D:):)
                  I'll wait your answer all night!!!:))))))))
                  • Johacamion October 5 2012, 2:29pmReplyFlag
                    Oh great, haven't seen one of these articles in so long. I guess that's why you haven't posted an article for 2 days, this was the big news!
                    • Stormbreaker771on October 5 2012, 11:40amReplyFlag
                      Oo nice artwork
                      • kikifirston October 5 2012, 11:26amReplyFlag
                        R* do you plan on making a gallery of all the GTA artworks that you've posted? (or that are just out there)
                      • EduOnline94on October 5 2012, 10:59amReplyFlag
                        Wow his job is pretty awesome! My favorite GTA-inspired artist is Patrick Brown, I think you already made an article about him or gave him acknowledgement in some way, but Mr. Riley is damn fine too ;) it's nice to see artists inspired by Rockstar, who are artists themselves!

                        By the way, everytime I see an article like this I can't help remembering GTA V! Please info soon, please!
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