New to the gallery, Bonnie and Clyde is a Brighton-based artist who creates visually arresting mixed-media collages using photography, paint and print which are then used as a reference to create limited edition prints.
Inspired by everything from signage and iconography to music, film and the lives of other people, Bonnie and Clyde responds emotionally to socio-political environments intertwined with her own personal circumstances. A keen photographer, she enjoys travelling and capturing images that explore her interests in street photography, architecture, the sea and psychogeography, which are then appropriated into her artwork. Her cool collages have transported viewers from Havana’s curious skyline to palm tree-lined Venice beach and the gritty streets of New York City.
Her method of working often begins with photography taken in cities that inspire and insight emotional responses. These are scanned into her computer before she embarks on a lengthy process of printing, scanning, cutting, layering, painting, and passing back and forth between the computer and paper to create collages constructed with layers of found images and textures. She paints and mark-makes using acrylics, inks, oil pastels, markers, Letraset and screen-print building up to the finished piece.
The collage is then deconstructed using the computer again to create the screenprint version of the collage. Finally, she makes a limited number of layers, one of which will be a giclee print and then various layers of block colour and glazes to add punch and texture to the print.
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.
View available works by Bonnie and Clyde here.