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, www.sonnyassu.com

 

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

Written by: Dallas Jeffs

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