From Early Beginnings to Contemporary Success
The Connor Brothers, the pseudonymous artistic duo, have taken the art world by storm. Their thought-provoking works have challenged societal norms. From their humble beginnings to their meteoric rise to fame, we explore the journey of The Connor Brothers. We’ll also look at the highlights of their significant contributions to contemporary art.
The Early Days
The Connor Brothers originated in the early 2010s when two artists, their true identities unknown, came onto the art scene. They collaborated on a series of subversive artworks. Their creations incorporated elements of vintage book covers, adding witty and satirical phrases that subverted the original intent of the books. This unique blend of nostalgia, humour, and cultural critique quickly captured the attention of art enthusiasts.
Who Are The Connor Brothers?
Franklyn and Brendan Connor, also known as The Connor Brothers, burst onto the art scene with a mysterious backstory. Raised in the secretive cult called 'The Family' alongside notable figures like Joaquin Phoenix and Rose McGowan, the twins broke free at sixteen and embarked on a nomadic journey riding freight trains in New York.
They developed a unique system of sharing knowledge through notebooks and sketch pads, which eventually evolved into their collaborative art. The Connor Brothers captivated the art world with their enigmatic story and enchanting artworks.
However, in a surprising twist, they revealed in a 2014 interview with The Telegraph that their backstory was entirely fictitious. Showcasing their exceptional storytelling abilities. They were not brothers at all and were two British artists named James Golding and Mike Snelle.
The Rise to Prominence
In 2014, The Connor Brothers revealed their true identities as James Golding and Mike Snelle, former art dealers turned artists. Their unveiling coincided with a solo exhibition in London, which garnered widespread acclaim. Their work quickly found its way into prestigious galleries and international art fairs. It was here they earned recognition for its bold statements on consumerism, societal pressures, and the human condition.
Exploring Themes and Techniques
The Connor Brothers' art encompasses various mediums, including paintings, prints, and installations. Their clever juxtaposition of pop culture references, literary quotations, and playful imagery creates a captivating visual language that sparks conversations. Their thought-provoking pieces often challenge the viewer's perception of reality. Often blending fiction and truth to examine the complexities of contemporary society.
Global Impact and Collaborations
As The Connor Brothers' reputation grew, their art gained international recognition. Their exhibitions and installations have graced galleries and museums across the globe, captivating audiences with their profound storytelling.
The Connor Brothers have enjoyed sell-out shows across the world. Featuring exhibitions in collections at The V&A and The Penguin Collection. As well as curating Pussy Riot's performance at Banksy's Dismaland exhibition.
Through their work, they have managed to bridge the gap between fine art and popular culture. They have captivated both seasoned art collectors and newcomers to the art world.
Evolving Themes and Continued Success
In recent years, The Connor Brothers have explored themes such as mental health and love, and self-discovery. This has helped to showcase their versatility as artists.
Their commitment to philanthropy is evident through collaborations with charities supporting mental health awareness including CALM. Their work continues to evolve, incorporating new techniques and mediums while retaining the essence of their signature style. Today, The Connor Brothers' pieces are key investment artworks, and their limited edition prints often sell out within hours.
The Connor Brothers at Studio 74
The Connor Brothers have made an indelible mark on the art world. They have captivated audiences with their captivating storytelling and insightful social commentary.
Studio 74 will be exhibiting artwork by The Connor Brothers as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. The gallery will have a range of limited editions and original artwork for sale.
Exhibition on view 18th May to 1st June. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.
Join us in the gallery to view first-hand their unique approach, blending humour, nostalgia, and critical analysis. This style of art has propelled The Connor Brothers to the forefront of the art scene.