Sonny Kay was born in London in 1972, and moved around extensively as a child, from Barcelona to Johannesburg and Los Angeles, before eventually settling in Colorado. While studying University of Colorado at Boulder, Kay focused on a musical career; he played in numerous hardcore punk bands and founded the independent record label Gold Standard Laboratories. It wasn’t until 2007, when GSL ceased operations, that Kay began devoting most of his time to art and design.
His subsequent work has adorned the album sleeves of RX Bandits, The Mars Volta, Thavius Beck, De Facto and many others. Kay constructs his semi-realistic digital collages of largely found images—old postcards, thrift store books and ‘treasures from the internet’. The result should not to overwhelm the senses with cacophony of impressions, but to momentarily suspend the viewer’s belief with ‘a hypothetical version of reality’, according to Kay.
Colliding on Purpose, his first solo exhibition, opened in January 2009 at Han Cholo in Los Angeles.