ABOUT:

 

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, as well as 3D installation pieces. Employing a blend of photography, collage and paint, the emotive art of Bonnie and Clyde explores the psychogeography of the metropolis, immersing the viewer in beautiful and bizarre cityscapes.

Steph Burnley (the creative spark behind Bonnie and Clyde) studied 3D design at Kingston University, before setting up her own graphic design business in Manchester, where she created posters, brochures, book sleeves, illustrations, T-shirts, signage, and festival campaigns. Large-scale clients included: Brighton Dome; Women’s Art International Festival (Cumbria); The Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester); Contact Theatre (Manchester); and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Burnley also worked in urban fashion and as a photographer for various music and culture magazines, before decamping to Brighton with her beloved Leica camera. It was here that her passion for photography and graphics fused in the art of screen-printing: a practice that became the cornerstone of her distinctive, collage aesthetic.

Amongst Bonnie and Clyde’s influences are Tracey Emin, Helen Levitt, Linda Sterling, Sir Peter Blake, Bill Viola, and Richard Hamilton, while the work of David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the New York ‘no wave’ scene, more broadly, have been central to the development of her aesthetic. Music and film, signage and iconography, bleed subtly into Bonnie and Clyde’s artwork, while architecture, street photography, and the coast appear as central, recurring tropes. 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.

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, while her passion for twentieth-century architecture - from modernism, to brutalism, to post-modernism and beyond - suffuses the overall aesthetic. Using self-taken photographs, Bonnie and Clyde works with a combination of monochrome and highly saturated areas of colour, collaged with textured paint, elements of distressed, heavy 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, which shift back and forth, 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, navigating the dualistic city which is always banal as well as beautiful, terrifying while magnetic.

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.

 

Exhibitions and Shows

2019 (June) - Modern Art Buyer - Open House, nr. Bath 

2019 (June) - Art Yard Sale presented by artrepublic, Brighton

2019 (May) - Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead with Liberty Gallery

2019 (May) - artrepublic, Brighton - Mixed Originals Group show

2019 (May) - For Arts Sake, London - 'Glitter Bunnies' show

2019 (March) - Modern Art Buyer - Bath Pop-Up

2019 (March) - Gone Rogue Gallery at ME, London Hotel - Group show

2019 (January) - Affordable Art Fair, Milan with Liberty Gallery

2018 (October) - Hicks Gallery, London - 'The Cut' Group show

2018 (October) - Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm with Liberty Gallery

2018 (October) - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park with Liberty Gallery

2018 (September) - Solo Showcase at artrepublic, Brighton

2018 (August) - House of Artists x Circle Contemporary, Cornwall

2018 (June) - Art Yard Sale presented by artrepublic, Brighton

2018 (May-August) - Royal Overseas League, London, with Liberty Gallery

2018 (March) - Affordable Art Fair, New York with Liberty Gallery

2018 (March) - Affordable Art Fair, Brussels with Liberty Gallery

2018 (January) - Affordable Art Fair, Milan with Liberty Gallery

2017 (October-November) - Lilford Gallery, Kent. SOLO SHOW

2017 (October) - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Liberty Gallery

2017 October) - Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm with Liberty Gallery

2017 (August-October) - 45 Park Lane, Mayfair with in Association with Ackerman Studios and Liberty Gallery. SOLO SHOW 

2017 (May) - Art Yard Sale presented by artrepublic, Brighton

2017 (May) - Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath with Liberty Gallery

2017 (March/April) - Affordable Art Fair, New York with Liberty Gallery

2017 (February) - Affordable Art Fair, Brussels with Liberty Gallery

2017 (January) - London Art Fair, Business Design Centre with Liberty Gallery

2016 (November) - Edinburgh Art Fair

2016 (October) - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Liberty Gallery

2016 (October) - Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm with Liberty Gallery

2016 (Sept - Nov) - Tower 42, City of London

2016 (June) – Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead with Liberty Gallery

2016 (June) – Art Yard Sale with Artrepublic, Brighton.

2016  (June) – ‘Pop-Pop’ at The Curious Duke, London

2016 (February) – Affordable Art Fair, Brussels with Liberty Gallery

2016 (January) – London Art Fair, Islington with Liberty Gallery

2015 (October) – Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Liberty Gallery

2015 (October) – Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm with Liberty Gallery

2015 (August) – Druck Berlin Screenprint Festival

2015 (July) - ‘Mix’ Summer Group Show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London

2015 - (June) – Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead with Liberty Gallery

2015 (May) - 20/21 International Art Fair in London with Liberty Gallery

2015 (March) - Lilford Gallery, Canterbury Joint exhibition with Maria Rivans

2015 - (February) – Affordable Art Fair, Brussels with Liberty Gallery

2015 (January) – London Art Fair, Islington with Liberty Gallery

2014 (November) ‘Mix’ Winter Group Show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London

2014 (November) - ‘Subterraneans’ at Leeds Collage of Art - an exhibition exploring the wider implications of Beat culture and visual art with Gavin Turk, Yoko Ono, Sam Taylor-Wood amongst many others.

2014 (October) Moniker Art Fair, London with Ink_d Gallery

2014 (July) - ‘Mix’ Summer Group Show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
2014 (May) - ‘Super Vision’ at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London. Joint show with Maria Rivans.
2014 (August) ‘A Slice of Summer’ Group show at Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2014 - Represented by Liberty Gallery at, AAF in Battersea, Hampstead AAF, Stockholm AAF, Brussels AAF and the London Art Fair

2013 (Nov) ‘Mix’ Winter Group Show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London

2013 (August) – ‘Sub Pop Art” & ‘On the Malecon’ Leeds College of Art Solo Show (double venue)

2013 - Represented by Liberty Gallery at, AAF in Battersea, Hampstead AAF, Stockholm AAF, Brussels AAF and the London Art Fair in 2013

 

Various other shows prior to 2013 – list on request


Commissions and Projects

 

2018 - Daisy Green, London - wall covering  for restaurant 'Little Green' at Heddon Street, London

2018 - IF Studio, New York - Roof top map & print of a lux block of apartments in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on behalf of Otto.

2017  - Delta Airlines - commission for LAX airport lounge

2016 - Print Club London – exclusive screenprint collaboration

2014 - Artist Residence Hotel, London – Publicity Illustration

2011 - Artist Residence Hotel, Brighton – Room Design and Paste-Up

 

Plus numerous commissions for private clients.

For further info please contact: steph@bonnieandclydeart.com