Lesson 1. Happiness is a Giclée Print by contemporary British artist Bonnie and Clyde. From a limited edition of 60, the Giclee, Silkscreen and Glazes on Fabriano Paper print is signed and numbered by the artist and measure 105cm by 72cm.
Bonnie and Clyde is a Brighton-based artist and an avid fan of Pop Art and photography. She uses collage, type, paint, illustration and photography to produce magnificent prints and mixed media originals. Her cool collages have transported us from Havana’s curious skyline, to palm tree lined Venice beach and the gritty streets of New York City. Bonnie and Clyde studied 3D Design at Kingston University. She set up her own graphic design company in Manchester, creating everything from posters, brochures, book sleeves, signage and websites to full festival campaigns. Then headed to Brighton with her beloved cameras – and learnt the art of screen-printing…her career path was created.
Her art consists of accessible modern speaking visual pictures that draw the viewer by using layers of photomontage to realize this. These layers consist of photographic elements taken with a rangefinder camera combined with painted photographs, texture, words, found images and blocks of colour, to create abstract scenes. As well as being inspired by architecture Bonnie and Clyde admires many artists, Tracey Emin, Linda Sterling, Peter Blake, Bill Viola and Laurie Anderson to name a few, but she finds all other creative avenues equally inspiring from music, film and architecture to design and photography. Travelling is a vital component of Bonnie and Clyde’s art and it appears to be the architecture of a city that really grabs Bonnie and Clyde’s attention. She loves the graphic nature of Modernist buildings and the repetitive patterns of skyscrapers and high-rises.
Now she creates her bigger limited editions with the printing studio; “I love the collaborative element. I love being around people”, she says. Then she rummages in her voluminous collection of photographs to excavate the perfect photographic images. These are scanned into her Mac computer and then she embarks on a lengthy process of printing, scanning, cutting, layering, painting, and passing back and forth between the computer and paper.