Bonnell specialises in drawing and print, and in the early 1990’s helped establish a self-sustaining print workshop in Lamu, Kenya, with the support of the British Council.
For the last seven years she has researched traditions in botanicals and herbariums whilst on various residencies in the US (at the Albers Foundation, in 2009 and 2014, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 2013). Her unique boxed collections of drawings, collages and botanical samples, and editioned artist’s books, were featured in a major exhibition Of Green Leaf Bird and Flower at the Yale Center for British Art in 2014.
Bonnell has had 14 solo exhibitions to date, including the RaMoma, Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi and four shows with the Eagle Gallery. Her work is held in many public collections including Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford; British Council, Kenya; British High Commission, Nairobi; British Library: Modern British Collections; Berry and Coutts Co., London; Fidelity, London; Fitch and Co., London; RaMoma, Museum of Modern Art, Kenya; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Yale Center of British Art.
Eagle Gallery associated artist