Renowned artists known as The Connor Brothers rose to fame around 2010 first exhibiting in a London fair and exhibitions in Sydney and LA. Their most popular pieces emerged from playful twists on film covers such as Pulp Fiction accompanied by phrases taken from famous writers and poets like Oscar Wilde and William Congreve. Their pieces comprise vintage imagery, predominately pinup girls, combined with phrases. These phrases often contradict the idea of the image creating an interesting dialogue between the two.
Their artworks beautifully juxtapose reality and fantasy, similarly how their name was first established.
When the artists originally found fame, they claimed to be twins, Franklyn and Brendan Connor who were born into a strange and ‘damaging’ Californian cult. They kept their identity as Art Dealers a secret from the growing critical art market to see whether this made a difference their sales and public reaction. Upon coming clean about their true identity, the reaction was only one of humour, boasting their sales and therefore prices.
The art duo have had sell out exhibitions at galleries in LA, New York, London, Dubai, Hong Kong to name a few! Their work has fetched astronomical prices and continues to be sought after today. In 2020, a piece titled ‘The Bestest and Most Expensivist Painting in the History of Art’ which depicts Jesus smoking a cigarette reached £44,100, 300% more than the estimate.
Both artists have had a troubled background and upbringing which perhaps aided their work in a French refugee camp called The Jungle. They created work as a reaction to their stay at the camp, forcing the public to pay attention to the poverty and displacement in France. They continue to work with social causes and create work as a reaction to these.