This week we dropped in to see contemporary collage artist, Bonnie and Clyde in her Brighton studio. Look out for her new print release event being held at artrepublic gallery on the evening of Friday 4th October.
Formerly the Coronation cinema, her studio building in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine has a light blue façade that wouldn’t look out of place in one of her collages. We take the winding and somewhat wobbly staircase up to Steph, the creative mind behind Bonnie and Clyde, surrounded by colourful collages of pastel skies, palm trees, architecture and signage in different textures and techniques that show her creative though process at work.
After studying 3D design at Kingston University, Steph set up a successful graphic design business creating posters, brochures, book sleeves, signage and website to full festival campaigns.
Her passion for photography grew and she began combining her self-taken photographs with her graphics skills and a new talent for screen printing to produce captivating mixed media collages.
She begins by sifting through her extensive collection of photographs she has taken from her trips abroad. Physically taking the photos of her destination herself and picking up on the atmosphere, light and colour palette of her surroundings, she will take hundreds of pictures for her archives to work with later.
She then scans them into her computer before starting the lengthy process of printing, scanning, cutting, layering, painting and passing back and forth between the computer and paper. Using a combination of monochrome and highly saturated areas of colour, with textured paint, elements of distressed, heavy paper and magazine cuttings her finished prints possess a level of depth only possible from such a labour of love.
Her passion for travel is a thread woven throughout her collages as she merges different cities to create a dreamland that is familiar yet fictional. Highly emotive her new print work responds to socio-political environments intertwined with her own personal experiences. Immersing the viewer in beautiful and bizarre cityscapes.
Join us on the 4th October for the exclusive release of her 3 new prints, exhibited for the first time at artrepublic gallery and available to buy for the first time. There will be drinks on arrival, a chance to meet the artist and expert advice from our friendly staff.
Sign up at our eventbrite page or call our Brighton gallery for more information +44 (0)1273 724829.