About

Sonny Assu (Ligwilda’xw of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations) has been recognized for his mashups of Indigenous iconography and popular culture. He addresses the ways in which traditions of the past have come to inform contemporary ideas and identities, particularly as related to the effects of colonization, and the loss of language and cultural resources in Indigenous culture. Through a variety of mediums, including museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, and painting, Assu’s work maintains a profound connection to past traditions. His practice emphasizes the complex conversation relating to the intersections and boundaries of traditional Indigenous art within the larger realm of contemporary art practices.

Selected Works

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Sonny Assu

The Value of Comic Sans

2016

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting

  • Image size: 33" x 22"
    Frame size: 40" x 30"
  • Edition 3/5
Sonny Assu

The Away Team Beams Down to What Appears to Be an Uninhabitable Planet

2016

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Vanquished, 1930)
Archival pigment print

  • Image size: 22" x 33"
    Frame size: 30" x 40"
  • Edition 4/5
Sonny Assu

PRESERVER ONE: Well, looks like we got them all. See, don't you feel GREAT knowing that these people will never experience the effects of colonization?
PRESERVER TWO: O_o

2016, printed in 2019

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Tanoo, 1913)
Archival pigment print

  • Image size: 22" x 33"
    Frame size: 30" x 40"
Sonny Assu

Making a b-line to HaidaBucks, Salmonberry Frap #ftw #starbucksFAIL #lol

2016, printed in 2019

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Yan, Q.C.I., 1912)
Archival pigment print

  • Image size: 22" x 33"
    Frame size: 30" x 40"
  • Edition 3/5
Sonny Assu

It was, like, a super long time ago that ppl were here, right?

2014, printed 2019

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Cumshewa, 1912)
Archival pigment print

  • 31 1/2" x 22 1/2"
  • AP 1/2
Sonny Assu

(B) Longing #19

2018

Bronze

  • 16" x 12" x 6 1/2"
Sonny Assu

Hamatsa Be Trip'n

2015

Acrylic on panel

  • 36" x 95"
Sonny Assu

#MuseumSelfie

2015

Acrylic on panel

  • 49" x 84"
Sonny Assu

Torment: Issue #8, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22" x 14"
Sonny Assu

Torment: Issue #7, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22" x 14"
Sonny Assu

Torment: Issue #2, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Spider Man comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22" x 14"
Sonny Assu

Torment: Issue #1, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Spider Man comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22" x 14"
Sonny Assu

The Spectacular Treasury Edition #1, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • 30" x 20"
Sonny Assu

"Special Edition", 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22 1/4" x 15"
Sonny Assu

"Special Edition":Variant #1, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22 1/4" x 15"
Sonny Assu

'Nuff Said!, 2018

2018

Chalk paint, acrylic paint and collage on panel

  • 68" x 44"

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