Collection: Bonnie and Clyde

Steph Burnley aka Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde, also known as Steph Burnley, is a contemporary British artist based in Brighton, UK. Her work encompasses mixed media collage and print, exploring scenes of the urban imaginary. Bonnie and Clyde's emotive art immerses the viewer in beautiful and bizarre cityscapes through a combination of photography, collage, and paint, depicting the psychogeography of the metropolis.
Burnley studied 3D design at Kingston University before setting up her own graphic design business in Manchester, where she created a wide range of designs, including posters, brochures, book sleeves, illustrations, T-shirts, signage, and festival campaigns. She later worked in urban fashion and as a photographer for various music and culture magazines before moving to Brighton and exploring screen-printing, which became the cornerstone of her distinctive, collage aesthetic.
In the development of her aesthetic, music and film, signage and iconography, architecture, street photography, and the coast appear as central, recurring tropes in Bonnie and Clyde's artwork. With a sensitivity to the relationship between the built environment and the natural landscape, Bonnie and Clyde's work offers a space to explore human interaction in urban sites, with a focus on the delicate association of the socio-political and the deeply personal.
Bonnie and Clyde's imagined scenes draw inspiration from a wide range of locations, with the iconic topography of California, from the vibrant architecture of Santa Monica to rows of palm trees at Venice Beach, featuring heavily in her work. Burnley's jet-setter spirit is reflected in the host of other urban centres, including Tokyo, London, and Havana, that have also appeared across her oeuvre. Her passion for twentieth-century architecture, from modernism to brutalism, to post-modernism and beyond, suffuses the overall aesthetic. (More in comment section.)