Iakovos 'Jake' and Konstantinos 'Dinos' Chapman are English artists who began collaborating in 1991. Their works are often grotesque and violent scenes of war recreated in miniature figurines. The brothers first came to prominence with their show The Rape of Creativity, where they acquired a collection of Goya's The Disasters of War etchings. These they overpainted with demented Ronald McDonalds and Hitler imagined as a clown. The brothers were criticised as provoking the institutions of art history through defacement, yet the iconoclastic intent of the pair have remained strong.Read More
Dealing with the subjects of war, pornography, and capitalism the artists combine religious, historic and fictional narratives to create a dystopian vision of the near future. The sensitivity of these topics attest to the relevance of such themes throughout history. Other major works include 'Hell', 'Fucking Hell', 'Like a Dog Returns to Its Vomit', and 'Little Death Machine (Castrated)'.
Ocula Magazine 's selection of exhibitions to see during London Gallery Weekend.Read More Ocula News Jake and Dinos Chapman to Unsettle Bangkok Art Biennale 2022 Bangkok, 18 November 2021
Entitled CHAOS : CALM, the exhibition seeks to reflect the turbulence, trauma, and angst experienced during the pandemic.Read More Ocula News This Week: Francesco Clemente, Mystical Trees, and the IFPDA Print Fair Hong Kong, 12 May 2020
The best art to see online and off from Tuesday 12 to Monday 18 May.Read More
New works include the artists’ first neon, which spells 'We are Artists', the title of the Chapman’s first solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1992, and a series of etchings painted over in rainbow colours.Read More Related Press Double vision: the artist duos who think as one 7 June 2016, The Guardian
Brothers, sisters, lovers, others... London’s Royal Academy celebrates the work of artist duos in its summer exhibition. From Jake and Dinos Chapman to the Wilson twins, four twosomes reveal how they work – and stay – togetherRead More Related Press Jake and Dinos Chapman: How we made 'Hell' 16 June 2015, The Guardian
A lot of people seem to think Hell is about the Holocaust – but it’s the absolute inverse of that. It’s the Nazis who are being subjected to industrial genocide. Which means people aren’t actually looking at it. The idea came from chaos, the mess of our conversations, though we never really had anything to say....Read More