Horizon Zero Dawn Lead Principle Designer and Concept Artist, Mike Nash, Has Passed Away (UPDATE)
Video games are an art form, and easily one of the most involved art forms in the world. So many different teams of artists work together to make a game, and without all these pieces, the game wouldn’t be nearly as successful. Concept artists are among the most important, and unfortunately, the industry just lost a fantastic concept artist. Mike Nash, perhaps best known for his work on Guerrilla’s Horizon Zero Dawn and the film Chappie, has passed away. He was 35 years old, and is survived by his parents Kim and Anna, and his two brothers, Christopher and Robert. Mike was battling with anxiety during his career as an artist, and it had a large impact on his mental health. To give further details on the circumstances, Mike’s parents have released a statement, which can be viewed here.
Mike was born in June 10th, 1985 in Perth, Western Australia and started CG work at a young age after his parents purchased a computer for him. He worked from studio to studio and did freelance work for years since then. Since his work on Horizon Zero Dawn, he’s been mentoring and posting videos to his YouTube channel. He would also use this channel to spotlight various artists, using his platform to bring attention to artists all over. A memorial ArtStation account has been set up to showcase some of his amazing work. Many of those who knew him or his work have been paying tribute to him on social media since the news broke out. If you’re an artist looking for some inspiration or just someone in need of a morale boost, check out some of his contributions to the industry.
Mike’s family is hoping to have a memorial service in the near future to celebrate his life and work. The service may even be broadcasted via Zoom so more people around the world can join in. We will update the article with a date and time when we know more. [UPDATE: Mike’s family has set a date for his celebration of life. While the Zoom link is not yet available, the event will take place on Saturday, March 6th at 12PM UTC+8/Friday, March 5th at 8PM PST. We’ll update the article with the Zoom link when it becomes available).
Rest in peace Mike, the art world will surely feel the impact of your loss and our prayers go out to your family and loved ones.