Connor Brothers Artist Biography

The Connor Brothers apply their astute observation and sharp humour to present a unique perspective on modern and popular culture. Born in a religiously isolated environment, the brothers' work is coloured by their unusually late discovery of American culture in the last decade. The Connor Brothers are twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor. They were brought up within a secretive and highly controversial cult known as "The Family". The extreme fanatical Christian cult, founded by David Berg, was born out of the hippy movement in 1968 (actors River and Joaquin Pheonix were also brought up within the cult). Growing up, the twins were deprived of access to information from outside of their commune. They had no access to mainstream media and consequently their knowledge of the world was limited to the teachings and interactions they gained from other cult members. When the brothers were sixteen they rejected "The Family" and ran away from home. They spent several years hopping freight trains and riding the rails before settling in the Brooklyn area of New York. After years being starved of information, Franklyn and Brendan soon developed an insatiable curiosity and remarkable appetite to learn.

They developed a technique to process and analyse the onslaught of information, whereby each of them would read, watch and discover things independently and then share them with one another via a series of notebooks and sketchpads. This interactive documentation developed into the brothers making art together. They have described the process as "trying to make sense of the world". Their art is simultaneously amusing and humorous. It is steeped in references to historical, popular, and literary culture, and casts a penetrating glance at the cynicism surrounding relationships in the digital age. Examining contemporary western society from their unusual perspective, they present an almost anthropological view. The brothers are now in their twenties and split their time between New York and Missouri. A series of group shows brought the Connor Brothers to the attention of the art world, culminating in a sold-out London show. They had their first US solo exhibition, "True Love Stories", in 2013 in Los Angeles. "Franklyn and Brendan Connor have emerged to reclaim the barren no-mans-land between artists and the art world and in doing so, offer glimpses of a new and exciting future direction. Best of all, they do it with a wry smile" (critic Hubert Weinstein )Read our editorial featuring the Connor Brothers: How The Connor Brothers Escaped a Christian Cult and Became Contemporary Artists...

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