Every month, the Forward Magazine brings you a selection of musical gems hand-picked by friends, musicians, speakers of the Forward Festival, and many more. The 32nd edition is created by visual artist Gemma O’Brien, who will be one of our highlights at Forward Festival Hamburg.


Australian based artist Gemma O’Brien is known for her bold super-graphics, illustrative lettering and hand-painted murals. Her mission is to elevate words to art and explores themes around language and the human experience through pattern, colour, scale and illustrative motifs. She exhibits with China Heights Gallery in Sydney and is currently limiting her commercial work to develop her art practice in her Sydney studio.



For the newest edition of our Press Forward playlist, Gemma O’Brien collected a fine selection of her favorite tunes revolving around soul, pop, rap and all the way to minimal house, including tracks by Billie Eilish, Jamie xx, or Blood Orange – a perfect playlist for creating those colourful letterprints like Gemma does.



Gemma O’Brien is one of the highlights at Forward Festival Hamburg and will give insights into her creative process, new projects, and about how the past year and a half has influenced her creativity.