Acclaimed artistic duo The Connor Brothers are auctioning a unique set of artwork and selling a limited-edition print to raise money for The Big Issue.
The print, featuring a quote from Oscar Wilde, is a limited run of only 75 copies to be sold through Jealous Gallery from Thursday September 9. The Connor Brothers have received international renown for their work, which often features paintings of pinup models accompanied by a pithy quote.
Eleven more original works will be auctioned at Bonhams, with all money generated going directly to support The Big Issue. The hammer will go down on September 22 and all the artwork will be exhibited for free at Jealous East in Shoreditch from September 10 to 19.
Mike Snelle, one half of The Connor Brothers with James Golding, explained why the pair wanted to collaborate with The Big Issue:
“Having experienced both severe mental health issues and addiction problems, James and I are very much aware of how easily life can spiral out of control, no matter our background. One year things seem okay, then the next a series of events unfold that leave you banged up in a psychiatric ward, or living on the streets.
“You might think that being made homeless is something that only happens to others, but given the perfect shit storm, without the right support, and the lives many of us take for granted can quickly lose their foundations.