Twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor were brought up within a secretive and highly controversial cult known as ‘The Family’. Born out of the hippy movement in 1968 and founded by David Berg ‘The Family’ was an extreme Christian cult whose members believed in something called ‘The System’.
Other children brought up within the cult include the actors River and Joaquin Phoenix. 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 remark- able 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.
Now in their early twenties the twins split their time between New York and Missouri. The Connor Brothers are fictional characters created by the artist’s known as the Connor Brothers.
THE CONNOR BROTHERS
The Connor Brothers’ work explores the nature of truth and fiction, often blurring the line between the two. They first came into the public eye in 2013 disguised as American twins who had escaped from an extreme Christian cult. Since then they have exhibited internationally and in 2015 curated Pussy Riot’s performance at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.
Their work is held in private and public collections throughout the World including The Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The Connor Brothers is a pseudonym for artists Mike Snelle (b.1978) and James Golding (b.1975). They have exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong, Germany, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Penguin Books Art Collection
The Niarchos Collection
The Omer Koc Collection
June 2017 / All My Life I’ve Been A Liar / Nanda Hobbs Gallery / Sydney / Australia
May 25 – 28 / Labyrinth of Lies / Venet Haus Gallery / Berlin / Germany
April 2017 / Beautiful Untrue Things / Visconti Fine Art / Serbia
23 November – 23 December / Saints and Sinners / Cuadro Gallery, Dubai
2 November – 12 December / Saints and Sinners / Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
13 – 15 May / TEDx HK Talks / Hong Kong
14 April – 16 June 2016/ ‘This is a lie’, solo exhibition / Venet Haus Galerie / Neu – Ulm, Germany
13 November – 6 December 2015 / So It Goes / Hang Up Gallery / London
4 May – 15 May 2015 / ‘All This Happened’ / Nanda Hobbs Gallery / Sydney, Australia
7 November – 29 November 2014 / ‘Curiosities From The Hanbury Collection’ / Pertwee, Anderson & Gold Gallery / London, England 20 March – 5 April 2014 / ‘True Romance’ / Nanda Hobbs Gallery / Sydney, Australia 13 – 17 Feb 2014 / ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ / The House of St Barnabas, London, England
25 November – 15 December 2013 / ‘Dr.Viktor. Schroeder’ / CIRCA Gallery / Johannesburg, SA
21 November – 5 December 2013 / ‘True Love Stories’ / Guy Hepner Gallery / Los Angeles, USA 21
June – 4 July 2013 / ‘True Love Stories’ / Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery / London, England
15 June 2017 / The Daily Telegraph Australia / Brothers in Art and Fiction / Elizabeth Fortescue
2 May 2017 / The Telegraph / Where art and literacy collide: how Penguin Random House built the most interesting corporate art collection in Britain / Colin Gleadell
19 January 2017 / FAD Magazine / 7 Favourites from London Art Fair
1 April 2016 / The Independent / April Fools Day / Connor Brothers collaborate with The Independent for an April Fool’s prank / David Andrews UK
1 April 2016 / The Independent / A good hoax can be a thing of unsettling beauty / Mike Snelle
26 Jan 2016 / The Telegraph / number crunching at Christies / Colin Gleadell
22 Jan 2016 / Artlyst / London Art Fair captures the middle market / UK
20 Jan 2016 / The Independent / duped by Lord Byron’s Bong / Nick Clarke UK
06 Dec 2015 / Wall Street International / ‘so it goes’ / USA
13 Nov 2015 / The Evening Standard / Pussy Riot backs artists / Anna Davis UK
26 Sep 2015 / Rolling Stone / Banksy, De La Soul / Daniel Kreps USA
25 Sep 2015 / Vice magazine / Pussy Riot performing at Banksy’s Dismaland / UK
02 Sep 2015 / The Evening Standard / Connor Brothers sell art to buy winter clothes for the refugees / Anna Davis / UK
25 Sep 2015 / The Guardian / Dismaland closure leaves Banksy shaped hole / Hannah Ellis- Peterson / UK
23 July 2015 / BBC FOUR Television / Wondrous Obsessions: The Cabinet of Curiosities / Professor Nandini Das / London UK
26 June 2015 / Another magazine / I tried to drown my sorrows / Daisy Woodward / UK
15 May 2015 / Sunrise Channel 7 Television / Art mystery revealed / Sydney Aus.
08 May 2015 / Sydney Morning Herald / The extraordinary case of The Connor Brothers / Sydney
09 Feb 2015 / The Evening Standard / Appeal will save lives / Anna Davis / UK
01 Dec 2014 / The Independent / Homeless Veterans Appeal / UK
20 Nov 2014 / The Independent / The Connor Brother’s Museum of Curiosity re opens in London / Daisy Wyatt / UK
11 Oct 2014 / The Telegraph / The Connor Brothers: an exclusive interview / Mick Brown / UK
03 Dec 2013 / Wall Street International Magazine / The Connor Brothers: True Love Stories / USA
11 Nov 2013 / Los Angeles Times / Culture Monster / Deborah Vankin / USA
20 Nov 2013 / Juxtapoz Magazine / The Connor Brothers / USA
20 Nov 2013 / The Huffington Post /The Connor Brothers Come Out of the Cult and Into the Art Scene / USA
The Connor Brothers, (left) Mike Snelle (b.1978) & James Golding (b. 1975)
Photograph Saskia Uppenkamp
Maddox Gallery, Mayfair presents a new series of work by The Connor Brothers, which will be exhibited from 23rd November.The Connor Brothers emerged onto the art scene as mysterious American twins, Franklyn and Brendan Connor, who were brought up within an extremist Christian cult known as 'The Family’, and who had escaped to Brooklyn where they began creating artwork in order to make sense of ...