The Connor Brothers first burst onto the art scene in 2013 as mysterious twin brothers – Franklyn and Brendan Connor, who had escaped from a controversial and enigmatic Christian cult called ‘The Family’.
After perpetrating this fictional biography for 18 months, the duo decided to break cover. In truth, they are Mike Snelle and James Golding, and their recent revelation of their identity has seen a huge increase in sales with their work having been sold alongside Banksy and Damien Hirst at Christie’s and Bonhams.
Using collage to subvert the meaning of Old Master paintings and vintage romance novels, The Connor Brothers cast a cynical and penetrating eye at contemporary culture, reinterpreting objects from the past and in doing so providing a humorous commentary on contemporary society’s obsession with wealth, fame and the unrealistic idealism of the advertising industry’s vision of relationships.
“The Connor Brothers’ work explores the boundary between truth and fiction, and raises questions about how we construct meaning from experience. By blurring the line between truth and fiction the artists puncture a hole in our every day construction of reality and through this pin prick we catch a glimpse of an altogether larger worldwith infinitely more possibilities.”
They have exhibited and sold internationally and in 2015 curated Pussy Riot’s performance at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.