Liberty Gallery

Maria Rivans’s eye-popping collages explore the idea of existing alternate realities and fantastical other worlds which transport us into a surreal and exciting universe. By appropriating an array of sourced vintage ephemera, Maria seeks to overwhelm us with her compositions by combining vivid and seductive colours with powerful and often humorous imagery.

Best known for her intricate surreal landscapes, pin-up portraits and 3D boxed works, the viewer often experiences a visual and sensory overload from the hundreds of carefully cut-out found elements culled from her huge collection of vintage paraphernalia. Influenced by the extraordinary colours of Hitchcock films shown in Technicolor and sci-fi TV shows such as Land of the Giants and Planet of the Apes, these heroes from the past have been altered by combining and blending other found imagery scavenged from different eras, thus inviting the viewer into her strange and peculiar world.

Rivans’s collages have a firm running theme of vintage Hollywood films, B Movies and TV trash. The screenplays of vintage films like The Birds, Mildred Pierce and Planet of the Apes have been rewritten and reinvented, resulting in newly collaged screen plots which intertwine throughout her body of work, spinning bizarre and dreamlike tales.

The Pin-up series has been evolving rapidly. Each individual movie star develops their own firm identity, as if they were a solid memorable character starring in one of Rivans’s invented scripts. These leading ladies have been highly influenced by strong female...
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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, and 3D installation pieces.

Music and film, signage and iconography, bleed subtly into Bonnie and Clyde’s artwork, while her passion for twentieth-century architecture - from modernism, to brutalism, to postmodernism and beyond - suffuses the overall aesthetic. 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.

Bonnie and Clyde works with a combination of monochrome and highly saturated areas of colour, collaged with photography, textured paint, elements of distressed 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, 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 within the city.

The iconic topography of California - from the vibrant architecture of...
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I make collages and ink drawings using a mixture of found imagery and my own imaginings. My work is born out of a passion for line work and collage, a love of archaic imagery and an urge to produce pictures that provoke humour, wonder and a certain subconscious recognition in the viewer.

When I work I usually begin with an idea of what I want to make and sift through source material from old books and illustrations, allowing myself to be led by what I find and whatever associations may arise, whilst keeping the various possible final outcomes in mind. I scan these source elements where I play around with them and excavate the final picture, adding scans of my own ink drawing where necessary. This intuitive process of exploration is the basis for my working practice and leaves room for unexpected ideas to arise as I head towards the final image. Usually I aim to produce a series of like pictures that will work as a whole whilst retaining their individuality. Finally the work is produced as a screen print or sometimes an ink drawing.

Nearly all of my work is figurative and comprises totemic or iconographical combinations of human, animal, plant and mineral forms. The subjects are generally set in blank spaces devoid of context. The characters in my pictures display an emblematic composite of human and non-human attributes, drawing on, but rarely literally depicting, ancient mythological beings, Victorian freak-shows, dream imagery, religious iconography and subconscious inspiration, whilst promoting a sense of transformation,...
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Delphine Lebourgeois has been working as an artist and illustrator in London since graduating from Central St Martins in 2005. Her work draws from various stylistic sources (ranging from Botticelli to comics) mixing symbols and cultural references in a playful and sometimes irreverent way.

Lebourgeois works in various medium including digital, collage, pencil, pen, ink, watercolour and screenprint but her working process always starts with an initial collage of found elements: “I am not very good at drawing therefore I need reference for everything. I create a rough on computer with cut out photos, drawings, paintings that I patch up together until they look like I need them too. It sounds a bit like Frankenstein's monster but this is the most exciting part, when the idea comes to life. Then the drawing begins with pen or pencil depending on subject matter and whether the piece will be a limited edition or an original.

”Her latest series “Smoke” moves away from the intricate and very detailed pictures of crowds and armies featured in previous bodies of work, with images portraying a single individual smoking alone in calm surroundings. “Smoking is an interesting topic nowadays... in a society becoming more and more sanitised, we are not far from it turning into the next rebellious thing. For me, it belongs to youth and living the moment”

Delphine Lebourgeois was the winner of the Images 29 Critics Award. She was also one of the 4 artists nominated by public vote for the Club Monaco Emerging Artist Award in November 2011 and...
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Living and working in Brighton, England, Frances graduated in Fine Art from Ravensbourne College of Art. From lecturing in graphic design in London at the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design and the University of the Arts, Frances has established a strong reputation as a contemporary artist working in a broadly surrealist tradition. She is represented by a number of UK galleries and has exhibited widely in Britain and in Europe. In 2015 she was selected for Aesthetica’s long list. Previously she has had work included in the London Group Open and the East Sussex Open. In 2015 and 2016 she and her partner Pete Fraser, who collaborated with her on a number of design projects and art works, created the design concepts for the Gebruder Thonet Vienna exhibition stands at Salone del Mobile, Milan.

Her work can best be described as a series of fascinating dreamscapes exquisitely created in three-dimensional collage. Each piece is like a small theatre set which plays with space and perspective to draw the viewer into the curious worlds she creates. The subject matter varies from the domestic to the industrial to the natural but there are recurrent themes throughout her body of work. Notably there is always a suggestion of parallel realities – it might be a juxtaposition of what is considered ‘real’ and what is imagined or desired or the conflict between the façade and what might be really occurring behind it. However the meanings are not prescriptive and it is for the viewer to contemplate and reflect upon these scenarios.
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