Stephen and Timothy Quay (born June 17, 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) are American identical twin brothers better known as the Brothers Quay or Quay Brothers. They are influential stop-motion animators. They are the recipients of the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for their work on the play The Chairs.
They reside and work in England, having moved there in 1969 to study at the Royal College of Art, London after studying illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In England they made their first short films, which no longer exist after the only print was irreparably damaged. They spent some time in the Netherlands in the 1970s and then returned to England where they teamed up with another Royal College student, Keith Griffiths, who produced all of their films. The trio formed Koninck Studios in 1980, which is currently based in Southwark, south London.
The Quays’ works (1979-present… read more
Some of their stuff can seem a bit too overdetermined by Kafka, Walser and Bruno Schulz, but definitely a unique experience visually. It might be more useful to see their stuff as visual poetry than as narrative. Indeed it works best when its narrative drive is unfocused (e.g Nocturna Artificialia) than when it is not (e.g. The Cabinet etc.). I wish I could get into their stuff more!