The Connor Brothers first burst onto the art scene in 2013 as mysterious twin brothers; Franklyn and Brendan Connor, who escaped from a controversial and enigmatic Christian cult called ‘The Family’. After perpetrating this fictional biography for 18 months, the duo decided to break cover. Truly, they are Mike Snelle and James Golding. The revelation of their identity has seen a huge increase in sales with their work having been sold alongside Banksy and Damien Hirst at Christie’s and Bonham’s.
The Connor Brothers work explores the boundaries between truth and fiction and shares similar contexts experienced in their lives.
Their work questions how we construct meaning from experience and regularly blurs the line between the two. Using collage to subvert the meaning of old master paintings and vintage romance novels, The Connor Brothers cast a cynical and penetrating eye at contemporary culture. Their work reinterprets objects from the past and in doing so provides a humorous commentary on contemporary societies obsession with wealth, fame and the unrealistic idealism of advertisings’ vision of relationships.
The Connor Brothers have recently been included in contemporary auctions at both Christies and Bonhams, and can be found in collections worldwide including The Victoria and Albert Museum. They have exhibited internationally and in 2015 curated Pussy Riot’s performance at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition. Their work is held in private and public collections all over the world, including, London, New York, Hong Kong, Germany, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Soozy Roberts is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator who uses the body, objects and environment as an accumulative site for work, in a surreal and darkly humorous nature. Her work uses common motifs and objects to explore the self, unspoken anxieties and our relationship to ‘the other’. She questions the political through the domestic, addressing poignant issues around the body, in a world obsessed with beauty and glamour. Roberts’ work is flavoured by memories relating to family, femininity, Welshness and ‘home’.
Soozy was winner of the Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award, 2008 and has exhibited widely including Arnolfini in Bristol, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and Points d’impact festival, Geneva. Roberts works closely with artist Lorraine Robbins as ‘Robbins and Roberts’ in bringing together their work for a range of immersive and curated artistic projects, most recently the ‘Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens’ at The Museum in the Park, Stroud.
Bloomfield’s art combines ideas of his two favourite artists – Rothko and Gormley – by placing figures in stark and sometimes harsh landscapes with unyielding horizons. His favourite material is spray paint: “I often used spray paint as a teen when out creating guerrilla art with friends in London. The idea of using street material in a more traditional way appeals to me”. He prefers working with the cool tones of greys and black as it leaves more to the viewer’s imagination.
The art Bloomfield creates comes from endless introspection, and a variety of inspiration. His work is thoughtful, and presented in an accessible way for a wide audience.
Nia Hefe Filiogianni is a London based multidisciplinary artist and art director from Athens Greece. Drawing inspiration from women’s testimonies and historical events, Nia Hefe Filiogianni is producing works that embrace feminine power and aesthetic but also question the norms of modern life.
Her body of work has been exhibited around the UK, US and Greece in various venues and galleries such as the ACG Gallery, British Museum, M-art Gallery, Lethaby Gallery, Bios Romanzo, Crypt Gallery and more.