And now we spill the tea.
Their entire backstory is fabricated, false, fiction, fake! The so-called brothers are not related but instead met as London art dealers. Their names? Mike Snelle and James Golding. Their joint body of work reflects an interest in fiction, both the genre of writing and the falsehood it implies. One might assume that the duo decided to push the art’s meaning and concept further with a made-up background. In reality their constructed personas were crafted to cover-up their true stories and prevent the anticipated shame they believed they’d endure if scrutinized publicly. Here at West Chelsea Contemporary, we love the unrelated brothers works and find that their convoluted beginnings add to the intrigue and aloof quality found throughout their paintings and prints. The artists have become known for nonchalant phrasing layered over old school imagery. High-brow meme culture. Whether the characters are born from old Hollywood glam, old Westerns, or the grimy settings found in film noir, each work captures a movement or moment, including the viewer in the fictitious person’s private thoughts.
Schedule a private appointment to view these work’s in person with one of our art consultants. We’re open Monday through Saturday 11 to 7 and Sunday 12 to 6 at our Pop-Up @ Domain Northside.