Jake & Dinos Chapman make iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine, with searing wit and energy, contemporary politics, religion and morality. The Chapman Brothers born 1966 and 1962 respectively, are associated with the Young British Artists and both live and work in London.
They have worked together since their graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1990, and first received critical acclaim in 1991 for a diorama sculpture entitled Disasters of War created out of remodelled plastic figurines enacting scenes from Goya's etchings of the same name. Later they took a single scene from the work and meticulously transformed it into Great Deeds Against the Dead, 1994, a life-size tableau of reworked fibreglass mannequins depicting three castrated and mutilated soldiers tied to a tree. Arguably their most ambitious work was Hell, 1999, an immense tabletop tableau peopled with over 30,000 remodelled 2-inch-high figures, many of which in Nazi uniforms and performing egregious acts of cruelty. The work combined historical, religious and mythic narratives to present an apocalyptic snapshot of the 20th Century. Tragically, this work was destroyed in the MOMART fire in 2004, and the Chapmans rebuked by saying they would make another, more ambitious in scale and detail - the result of which was Fucking Hell, 2008. The interim saw The Chapman Family Collection, 2002, comprised of a group of sculptures that bring to mind the loot from a Victorian explorer’s trophy bag, yet also portraying characters from McDonald’s. The conflation of the exotic fetish and the cheap fast-food giveaway, imperialism and globalisation, created a powerful sense of dislocation. Like A Dog Returns To Its Vomit, 2005, was an exhibition of the Chapmans’ graphic works, a large collection of etchings and drawings displayed on two walls and arranged in the shape of dogs. Many of the works were reinterpretations of Goya etchings, including the Disasters Of War and the Los Caprichos series. Using the Tate Collection's erotomanic sculpture Little Death Machine (Castrated), 1993, as their point of departure, the Chapmans created When Humans Walked the Earth, 2008, an installation of ten improbable machines, cast in bronze and now ossified, emulating aspects of human behaviour with a trademark subversive wit.
They have exhibited extensively including recent solo exhibitions: The Disasters of Everyday Life, Blain|Southern, London, UK, 2017; Jake & Dinos Chapman, Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK, 2017; In the Realm of the Unmentionable, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK Come and See, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK, 2013; travelled to DHC/, Montreal, CA; The Sum of all Evil, White Cube, Hong Kong, CN, 2013; and Chicken, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, UR, 2013; amongst others. They have have received the Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award 2003 at the Summer Exhibition and a nomination for the Turner Prize for Bring Me the Head of… published by Ridinghouse Editions, London.