"It is the paradox of art, that artifice is often the best way to depict reality"
The internationally renowned artistic duo, The Connor Brothers, are known for their paintings and prints depicting pin-up models accompanied by pithy text. Their art explores the boundary between truth and fiction, playing with ideas of experience versus reality. This exploration of fact and fabrication is rooted in their fictitious backstory, with the artists originally claiming to be twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor, two brothers who were brought up within the new age cult, The Family. Following 18 months of the artists’ success, under the guise of The Connor Brothers, the duo revealed themselves to be British art dealers James Golding and Mike Snelle and their careers have continued to flourish ever since.
Initially entering the art scene as Franklyn and Brendan Connor in 2011, the duo claimed to be brought up within a controversial and highly clandestine Christian cult known as The Family. Maintaining to have escaped the Californian cult at the age of 16, the brothers marketed their artwork as a form of therapy, stating that their paintings and prints helped them make sense of the world around them.
Following both a solo exhibition at Guy Hepner in 2013 and a successful auction at Bonhams in 2014, where the duo’s work was sold alongside the likes of Banksy and Damien Hirst, The Connor Brothers decided that the success of their work was able to speak for itself. The duo revealed themselves to be London art dealers James Golding and Mike Snelle and in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the pair opened up about using their fabricated backstory as a way of overcoming past struggles. However, following the success and validation the duo gained enough confidence to exhibit under their own names.
Following their reveal in 2014, The Connor Brothers have gone on to exhibit internationally, showing both in the United Kingdom at Maddox Gallery, London in 2017 and 2018 as well as in the United States at Chase Contemporary in New York in 2019 and Goodman Gallery in Aspen in 2020. Over the past decade the duo has also participated in over 45 group exhibitions including Art Miami, London Art Fair and Art Central Hong Kong.
The duo are known for their philanthropic pursuits, specifically for their commitment to raising money and awareness for mental health charities. Creating prints and auction works to raise money, the pair have worked with a plethora of charities including Refugee Response Foundation, Manchester Mental Health Charity and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a charity which the artists have been patrons of since 2015.