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The Portfolio of Interdisciplinary Artist Sonny Assu

A mixed media painting incorporating comic book fragmentsSNIKT, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, acrylic medium, Marvel comic book pages on panel

Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary artist based in British Columbia. Sonny’s works combine motifs of west coast First Nations artwork with the contemporary imagery of video games, pop art, comic books, and branded packaging.

A mixed media artwork with elements of a Marvel comic bookGiant Sized Spectacular, #4, acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper


The artist’s recent series The Speculator Boom is a fascinatingly introspective look at not only the artist’s own history, but at a particular moment in the history of Western pop culture. These paintings feature busy collages of cut-up comic book pages, made from many of Sonny’s own beloved childhood artefacts. The comic book images are layered under paintings that utilize motifs of Kwakwaka’wakw art, rendered in a bright, heavy-outlined style that itself suggests the bombastic lines and planes of colour found in comic books.

A screen capture of Sonny Assu's art portfolio websiteSonny's art portfolio website,


These works, along with many other in Sonny’s art portfolio, function both as a form of catharsis for the artist. Dealing with his own heritage, childhood, and personal growth in his works, Sonny’s works leave enough ambiguity to provide that same personal connection for viewers.

A painting with blue forms layered over comic book pagesWe All Must Deal With the Monster Within, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, acrylic medium, Marvel comic book pages on panel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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