I’ve been reflecting a lot over the last 12-18 months on purposeful direction, considered processes & the value in taking risks. It is a great feeling when there is a honest convergence of all three of these thoughts. ‘Stillness In The Storm’ was inspired by the gentle light that pierces the shadows at home on a stormy winter’s morning. It has been created for ReDiscover Armadale - proudly presented by City of Armadale, Spring Into Armadale & Six Two Three Zero. Photo Credit Bill Shaylor
This illustration is about the tension found in the pursuit of opportunities & the contentment found in the present moment. I’ve discovered this tension to be paralytic at times... the fear & beauty of the unknown somehow woven together without any real resolve. Waiting for an accepted submission to feel validated while rejecting the notion of being validated as a position of acceptance. The found contradictions in the mess of insecurity. That’s what happens when I look to myself to save myself. So here’s to surrender... the letting go while staying grounded upon a rock that is not shaken amidst shifting sand.
Heartwalk KB | Kalgoorlie-Boulder . WA
"There are moments when the wheels of life feel like they have fallen off and it can be overwhelming when thinking about where to start in the repair process, but 'You Have To Start Somewhere', no matter how small that first step may feel."
Photo Credit : Georgia Foulkes-Taylor
Located at the Duncraig Public Library & commissioned by the City of Joondalup - ‘A Moment In Time’ is an exploration of native flora, creative imagination & the moments of interaction/connection that libraries provide within our communities.
Self Portrait / An exploration in both technique & inner reflection. It can be enticing to default to what you’ve always done because you can anticipate the results & for the most part it is comforting. But is that all there is? I’m challenging this outcome by crawling out from under that comfort & pushing my process in new directions. I’m attempting to be more courageous in brush strokes, composition, narrative & palette... one step at a time. Hold tight to your progress no matter how small or fragile it may feel... you are making a wonderful difference!
Acrylic on Canvas
Many thanks to Lawson & Sara for allowing me to be a part of such a humbling & inspiring project.
No 13 : An organic green space for healing practises, accessible herb and vegetable gardens & art making. Follow Lawsons Project to find out more!
The Retail Co – a group made up of Bunbury’s small business owners – came up with an idea for a map showcasing the city’s locally-owned stores about 12 months ago.
The walking guides were finally released last week and The Retail Co founder Cheryl Kozisek said the feedback had already been positive.
“It’s about reminding the locals who are the small, locally-owned businesses and to inform the tourists, who are either just driving through or staying, where the locally-owned businesses are,” Mrs Kozisek said.
Custom hand lettered birth announcements are now available for private commissioning. Please contact me for further details.
‘Sonny Matthew O’Brien / November 20 . 2018
Gicleé Print | Private Commission
"Hold tight & don't lose hope."
Exterior Mural | City of Vincent
"Commissioned by the City of Vincent & located within the beautiful Braithwaite park (Scarborough Beach Rd) this mural was created as a celebration of new beginnings. It is a visual encouragement to step out beyond our fears & to discover a new day."
Photo Credit : Perth Street Art
Heartwalk is a grassroots public art project that seeks to transform the Kalgoorlie CBD into a vibrant arts and cultural precinct. During two week long festivals in May 2017 and 2018, over 60 contemporary murals were installed on building walls and empty shop windows in the Kalgoorlie CBD by visiting and local artists.
This 4km self-guided walking trail is best enjoyed over 3 hours, with plenty of cafe breaks to restore your energy! Take your family and friends on a self guided tour of the murals by downloading the Heartwalk map.
Photo Credit : Billy-Ray Stokes
City of Vincent | Inglewood Hotel . WA
"Inspired by the intriguing history of the hotel & the busy bottle shop that stands behind this wall, 'Worth The Ride' is a nod to putting in the hard yards in the knowledge of the destination's reward."
Commissioned by Bunbury Catholic College & inspired by the Aboriginal Proverb: ‘We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home.’
Water Corporation | Bunbury . WA
"Inspired by our shared dependence on water for survival, 'The Pursuit' is made up of four semi translucent herring (inspired) fish gracefully moving through Australian flora that can be found locally in the immediate surrounds. As the fish wrap around the pump station in a fluid continuous movement, viewers have the pleasure of enjoying this creative intervention from all angles."
Scribblers Festival | FORM
"Storytelling. Characters. Plot twists. Beginnings, middles, and ends.
From YA fiction to the children's comic, new annual festival Scribblers has the words and pictures, authors and illustrators to go full volume with young Australians' favourite books.
With a program especially for schools, and lots of activities for families, we’re opening up a whole new chapter in celebrating literature."
Outside The Box | Six Two Three Zero
"Outside the Box is an initiative of Six Two Three Zero inspired by the incredibly positive response from the community towards ReDiscover - A Walking Street Art Festival in Bunbury’s CBD / 2014 - 2016.
Through the creation of 30+ large scale murals, the local & traveling community were inspired through an increased sense of place, social connection & passion for the arts. Outside the Box seeks to build on this experience by painting / transforming a series of 20 electrical boxes scattered through Bunbury’s CBD into whimsical characters by four professional artists* in collaboration with students from Grace Christian & South Bunbury primary schools.
Though these identified electrical boxes serve a very practical purpose, we are passionate about igniting the communities imagination through creative interventions - reminding us that even the practical can be beautiful. These transformed boxes will build on Bunbury’s thriving cultural reputation & allow people of all ages to enjoy our beautiful city in a fresh & exciting way with an accompanied walking tour map."
Photo Credit : Taj Kempe
Impressions of a glorious winter sunrise peaking above our roof line as smoke gently filters out from chimney.
Acrylic on Canvas
Christmas Card | Wellspring Foundation
Commissioned by Blind Corner Winery & inspired by iconic imagery from the Margaret River Wine Region & vintage styled postcards from 1980’s USA.
PUBLIC Albany | FORM
"It’s called the Great Southern for a reason, and if you’ve ever been to Albany, you’ll know why.
This is where a landscape leads by example, showing character, resilience, toughness and tenderness. It’s a grown-up kind of place. It feels confident, real. It has heart.
So, how will PUBLIC’s urban artists from Europe, Tunisia, India, Russia, and the States respond to the magic of the Great Southern? Find out when they hit Albany’s town centre in mid-April as part of PUBLIC to mix it up with the local talent, and give some of York Street’s buildings a makeover.
From each artist, a personal response to the individual wall, its dimensions and setting; and from each artist also a personal response to the ambience and energy of Albany, its people and surroundings, its harbour, and by default the ocean, the outlying islands, the inimitable, breathe-it-deep freshness and wildness that has always been a part of this region." - FORM
Children's Book | Fremantle Press
"From the masterful pen of multi-award-winning Meg McKinlay and dynamic new illustrator Andrew Frazer, Drawn Onward explores shifting perspective and the inner voice. The text is a palindrome that takes readers from the glass half empty – ’There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all’ – to the glass half full: ‘You can change anything at all. It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon.’
This powerful picture book for older readers is a call to hope that cleverly illustrates how the very same situation can be viewed quite differently depending on your perspective."
'Author Meg McKinlay has crafted a palindrome that will delight observant young readers with the way that subtle shifts in language can flip a situation on its head ... Frazer mirrors this metamorphosis with his use of colour and small creative touches. His style is decorative and distinctive, and the typography is as much an artwork as the illustrations.' - Junior Books+Publishing
Slow Down My Friend | Bunbury Catholic College
"The desire of the created mural is to engage, inspire & provoke healthy conversation around embracing today & not being overwhelmed with worry for tomorrow."
Book Cover | Jubilee Road
" I met Emily at a mutual friend's high school house party and we fell in love right away. We got married young and enjoyed the blissful life. We travelled, bought our ﬁrst home, started a business and even bought investment properties together. I had well & truly started to tick off the list most guys have planned out for their future.
But after just 5 years, I brought our marriage to ruins, & faced overcoming depression and addiction. Following this, my business collapsed leaving us in a ﬁnancial crisis. Cancer hit our family hard, and through all this, we faced a never ending struggle to conceive a ﬁrst child.
What I thought I knew about God, I really hadn't a clue. I grew up in a Christian home, went to a Christian school, had Christian friends, and thought I knew God. Yet through some of the darkest years of my life I experienced personally a God who is close, kind and above all faithful. It was my Jubilee Road." - Kris Plumb (Author)
Solo Exhibition | Hay Shed Hill Winery . WA
"Lost For Words is the celebration of the English alphabet & the responsibility we all hold in how we construct these letters. Individual letters hold meaning when we place them in context... our letters become words, words become sentences, sentences become conversation & our conversations inspire ideas for change. Each illustrated animal has been carefully considered & constructed by Andrew to inspire conversations surrounding joy, loss, hope, despair, forgiveness, heartache & ultimately redemption.
Welcome to the conversation."
Interior Mural | Frisch & Barc
"Frisch and Barć is centred around community. Giving you a place to feel welcomed and relaxed whether it’s grabbing a quick coffee before work, spending time with friends and loved ones, or anything in between.
We hope you enjoy our speciality coffee, tea and food, because, our Barć is your Barć."
Someone Else Somewhere Else - solo exhibition held at Turner Gallery in Northbridge WA, 2017
‘Holding Onto Hope’ / Acrylic & ink on wood panel