“Your creations are what I imagine the inside of a black hole looks like: A mishmash of bizarre but cool things for my eyes and ears.”

Sonny is an interdisciplinary artist mixing forms into a gooey, iridescent mess of collage. Fusing photographic sampling, digital design and an anachronistic mingling of cultural references, there’s an order in his chaos that feels both reckless and elegant. Colour is an obvious inspiration, both the subversion of abrasive combinations and its absence altogether, in work that hopscotches between being eye popping lurid and classically monochrome.

He has a fascination with experimenting in digital and analog mediums, spawning a growing portfolio of music, animations, photography, collage, film and video and generative art.

As a sound designer and musician, he received the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2012 for his outstanding portfolio.


Sonny O’Brien
b. 1993 Cunnamulla.
Lives and works in Meanjin (Brisbane), Queensland.


2016    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sound Design), Queensland University of Technology. Brisbane. QLD.

Selected group Exhibitions & Shows
2019    Yonder Festival, Imbil, QLD.
2019    Jungle Love Festival, Imbil, QLD.
2018    Oxford Art Factory 11th Birthday, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW.
2018    BIGSOUND Visual Arts Showcase, Fortitude Valley Precinct, Brisbane, QLD.
2016    Devise It Yourself Festival, Raw Dance Company, Brisbane, QLD

Professional Practice
2015-Present    Media Archivist, Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD.

Awards/ Prizes/ Scholarships/ Grants
2013     QUT Vice-Chancellors Scholarship.

2017     Artist In Residence, House Conspiracy, Brisbane.

Text/ Publications
2018    House Conspiracy, The Conspirator.

Solo Exhibitions