Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde is a contemporary British artist, whose mixed media collage and print-work centres around scenes of the urban imaginary. Crossing medium and type, Bonnie and Clyde’s work takes the form of screen-prints, large-scale originals on paper and wood, and 3D installation pieces.
Music and ﬁlm, signage and iconography, bleed subtly into Bonnie and Clyde’s artwork, while her passion for twentieth-century architecture - from modernism, to brutalism, to postmodernism and beyond - suffuses the overall aesthetic. With a sensitivity to the relationship between the built environment and the natural landscape, the work of Bonnie and Clyde opens out a space in which to explore human interaction in urban sites. Her work responds emotionally to the delicate association of the socio-political and the deeply personal, in a way that resonates with contemporary cultures of modernity.
Bonnie and Clyde works with a combination of monochrome and highly saturated areas of colour, collaged with photography, textured paint, elements of distressed paper and magazine cuttings, to represent the beautiful, messy, vibrant and chaotic nature of life in the city. Her work undergoes a combination of digital and tactile processes, playing with layers of material, until the ﬁnal collage or screen print takes shape. Through cut-up, bricolage perspective, each of Bonnie and Clyde’s abstracted pieces tells a story: a dizzying, non-linear narrative of the individual within the city.
The iconic topography of California - from the vibrant architecture of Santa Monica to rows of palm trees at Venice Beach - features heavily in Bonnie and Clyde’s imagined scenes. Not limited to a single corner of the globe, Burnley’s jet-setter spirit is reﬂected in the host of other urban centres(including Tokyo, London, and Havana) that have featured across her oeuvre.
Bonnie and Clyde works from her studio in Brighton. She currently exhibits with a number of galleries across the country and sells at art fairs internationally, as well as working on commissions for private collectors. Notable shows include Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London, and the Leeds College of Art exhibition ‘Subterraneans’, where her work was shown alongside artists Kim Gordon, Yoko Ono, and Gavin Turk. Read more about Bonnie and Clyde’s solo show at 45 Park Lane here