The Connor Brothers

London, 2014

The Connor Brothers is the pseudonym for British artists Mike Snelle (1976) and James Golding (1974), who met during their studies in Cambridge. Their work centres on collage as this layered, fragmented technique gives them maximum leeway to play with meaning, appropriating and transforming elements of vintage romance novels and old master paintings.

Their clever and witty pieces are steeped in references to history and to popular culture, offering an almost anthropological view of contemporary western society. Their work constitutes a humorous and often biting commentary on society’s obsession with money, beauty, fame, and our idealized visions of relationships.

The Connors Brothers initially presented themselves as American twins Franklyn and Brendan, fabricating a past in which they were raised within an extreme, pseudo-Christian cult known as The Family whose leader David Berg preached and practiced a fanatical, perverse form of Christianity. In this fiction the 16-year-old twins escape to New York, where they develop a methodology to make sense of the outside world, each exploring his surroundings and sharing his discoveries with the other through their notebooks and sketchpads.

In 2014, they came out in an article in Britains Telegraph newspaper, revealing their true identity and workplace. The latter could hardly have been more British: a studio in a converted pub next to a betting shop, on a traffic-choked street in Hackney, East London. The pair are known for their playful hoaxes, creating a fictional museum housing The Hanbury Collection, which merges truth and fiction in such a way as to render it impossible to work out which exhibits are real and which not.

 

Editions

The Connor Brothers 31

Call me Anything but Ordinary

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2022
42 x 29 cm
Edition 25 plus 5 artist’s proof
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Christ, Now What?

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2022
42 x 29 cm
Edition 20 plus 5 artist’s proof
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The Connor Brothers 30

Every Saint has a Past

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2022
42 x 29 cm
Edition 25 plus 5 artist’s proof
€ 2.400

The Connor Brothers 4

Hell Hath No Fury like a Woman Scorned

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2021
42 x 29 cm
Edition 20 plus 5 artist’s proof
€ 2.400

The Connor Brothers 3

Maybe it’s not about Happy Endings

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2021
42 x 29 cm
Edition 20 plus 5 artist’s proof
€ 2.400

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Sharpen my Tongue

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2022
42 x 29 cm
Edition 25 plus 5 artist’s proof
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The Connor Brothers 2

There’s Nothing so Seductive as a Dangerous Idea

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2021
42 x 29 cm
Edition 20 plus 5 artist’s proof
Sold

The Connor Brothers 13

We Must be Careful

hand coloured pigment print with acrylic and oil stick
2022
42 x 29 cm
Edition 25 plus 5 artist’s proof
€ 2.400

The Connor Brothers 15

The Boundaries of Our Reality

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 16

Celebrity is a Mask

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 17

Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 18

Fiction is a Lie

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 19

Hell is Empty

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 20

How can I have All this inside Me

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 22

I don’t Care what Anybody says about Me

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 4

I Drink Therefore I Can

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 25

If you’ve Got a Skeleton in Your Closet

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 23

Normal is the Cruelest of all Insults

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 5

Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 26

Those to be Most Frightened Of

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 27

Those Who Say it cannot be Done

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 28

Truth is like Poetry

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 29

Truth is Weirder than any Fiction I’ve seen

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

The Connor Brothers 24

We are all in the Gutter

hand painted wooden book with silkscreen
2022
55 x 37 x 4 cm
Edition 10 plus 2 artist’s proofs
€ 3.800

Call me anything but ordinary

Call me anything but ordinary

pigment print with silkscreen varnish
2018
120 x 75 cm
Edition 12
Price on request

The truth is like poetry

The truth is like poetry

giclee print with silkscreen varnish
2018
75 x 50 cm
Edition 35
Price on request

The truth is rarely pure and never simple

The truth is rarely pure and never simple

pigment print with silkscreen varnish
2018
75 x 50 cm
Edition 100
Price on request

Unknown-5

If it’s not weird
I’m not interested

pigment print with silkscreen varnish
2017
166 x 106 cm
Edition 150
Price on request

If you've got a skeleton in your closet

If you’ve got a skeleton in your closet

giclee print on silkscreen varnish
2016
120 x 75 cm
Edition 95
Price on request

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