Mike Snelle and James Golding—who make art under the moniker “the Connor Brothers”—juxtapose pin-up style portraits of women with blocks of solid color and deadpan snippets of text. The British artists’ chic, slick paintings and works on paper explore artifice and sensational storytelling, themes that they initially folded into their fictional artist personas: The Connor Brothers at first maintained that they were twin brothers who had escaped from a California cult to start creating art, although they have since shed this fictional backstory. The Connor Brothers have exhibited in London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Sydney.

The Connor Brothers ‘If You’ve Got A Skeleton In Your Closet’ Limited Edition

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Medium: Hand painted vintage paperback with silkscreen

Format: Framed

Image size: 4 x 7″

Framed size: 10.5 x 8″

Edition: Number 2/2

Condition: Excellent

Provenance: Original Sales Receipt

The Connor Brothers best-known works offer a playful twist on the conventions of pulp fiction cover art, accompanied by words from the world’s greatest poets, cynics and wits. This piece interprets the words of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw‘s quote: “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” The Connor Brothers’s playful take on life is demonstrated in this illustration that liberation can often be more productive.

This joyful and modern take is coupled with the iconic and traditional imagery of the Danse Macabre. In this case by The Connor Brothers, it is the skeleton that leads the eerie dance between the two figures. This symbolism has permeated art history for centuries, popularised by Hans Holbein’s woodcuts and later in the well-known symphony composed by Camille Saint-Saëns.

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Mike Snelle and James Golding—who make art under the moniker “the Connor Brothers”—juxtapose pin-up style portraits of women with blocks of solid color and deadpan snippets of text. The British artists’ chic, slick paintings and works on paper explore artifice and sensational storytelling, themes that they initially folded into their fictional artist personas: The Connor Brothers at first maintained that they were twin brothers who had escaped from a California cult to start creating art, although they have since shed this fictional backstory. The Connor Brothers have exhibited in London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Sydney.

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