Artist Biography - The Connor Brothers

The Connor Brothers present a ‘playful twist on the conventions of romantic fiction,’ offering comical interpretations of modern infatuation with wealth, fame and social media.

From framed original painted books, to silkscreen prints and large painted posters, The Connor Brothers are particularly known for their witty and demur interpretations.

By combining Old Ma
...sters’ works and Mills and Boon romantic book covers with witty texts seeking to make fun of a modern, materialistic world, the Connor Brothers blur the lines between truth and fiction. The juxtaposition of traditional yet modern, cynical yet lighthearted works create a thought-provoking tone. Whilst the occasional work also adopts a more sincere, political lens, such as ‘Poor People,’ and ‘I Hate EU.'

The artist pseudonym 'The Connor Brothers' was fabricated by London-based art dealers Mike Snelle and James Golding.

They constructed a tale in which two Missouri-born twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor escaped from a secretive and highly controversial cult known simply as 'The Family', to come to New York and become artists seeking ‘to make sense of the world’ they had been deprived of.

According to the artists:

As children the twins were deprived of access to information from outside of their commune. Without access to mainstream media their knowledge of the world was limited to the teachings and interactions they gained from other cult members. At sixteen the boys turned their backs on The Family and ran away from home. After several years riding the freight trains they settled in the Brooklyn area of New York.

Having been starved of information for so many years Franklyn and Brendan were initially overwhelmed by the outside world but soon developed an insatiable curiosity and a remarkable appetite to learn. They developed a system whereby each of them would read, watch and discover things independently and then share them with one another via a series of notebooks and sketchpads. This interaction developed into making art together, a process they describe as ‘trying to make sense of the world.’ Their often humorous work is steeped in references to both historical and popular culture and presents an almost anthropological view of contemporary western society.

The Connor Brothers story rapidly gained popularity and fame following their creation of playful yet equally profound works. As the duo experienced increasing success for eighteen months under the pseudonym of the Connor Brothers, it was decided to reveal their true identities as Mike Snelle and James Golding. This resulted in even greater success, with their works now being sold alongside Banksy and Damien Hirst at Christie's and Bonham's.

This ludicrous backstory created by dealers, Mike Snelle and James Golding, created an immediate interest in their work which ultimately developed into a significant cult following. As the duo experienced increasing success for eighteen months under the pseudonym of the Connor Brothers, it was decided to reveal their true identities. This resulted in even greater success, with their works now being sold alongside Banksy and Damien Hirst at Christie's and Bonham's.

The created persona of the brothers tackles the boundaries between truth and fiction, which is also reflected in the content of their artworks, creating playful yet equally profound works.
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