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The Thomas Brothers

The Thomas Brothers are a British art duo who use the elements of their childhood, such as 80’s cartoons and Japanese toys and recreate them in the form of contemporary art. They represent sibling rivalry at its best, constantly competing and trying to out-do each other, while at the same time complementing each other.

The brothers grew up in the 80’s, the air of which is clearly present in their works – the icons and imagery constitute a large portion of their paintings, transformed by their childhood imagination, which they retain to this day. The 80’s influence is also evident in their style, reminiscent of comic style drawings, graffiti and pop culture of that time.

The themes often present in the brothers’ paintings are nostalgia, duality, good vs. evil, fairy tales and childhood. However, they must agree on a topic before they develop an idea further – as they say “the paintings are all the points in which our individualities overlap”. The passions both brothers share are for vintage toys, comics, and cartoons, which is plainly visible from their artwork.

How important their bond is to the brothers is evident in the process of their paintings’ creation, as well. They use a process of “collaborative layering”, an ever-changing process, the only staple of which is that they are both involved in the creation of a piece, providing ideas in turn, developing them by adding background or new layers as the idea takes them.

Art work by The Thomas Brothers

Target Girl by The Thomas Brothers

Giclee Print
Size 29.5 cm X 29.5 cm
Price £40.00
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