English collaborative sibling duo, Jake and Dinos Chapman – Les Enfants Terribles of the already-naughty YBA’s (Young British Artists), are known for creating shocking and provocative sculptures and installations that examine contemporary politics, religion and morality.
The Chapman Brothers, as they are known, began working together in 1991 after both brothers graduated from the Royal College of Art. Early works, such as Disasters of War, used manipulated plastic or fibreglass to create mutilated and grotesque models of human figures, usually at war. Continuing to create work in this vein ever since, the Chapman Brothers shock the viewer by exploring the conflicts between beauty and pain, humour and horror and the sublime and perverse using a variety of media: from inflatable dolls (Death, 2003) and wooden sculptures; to paintings, books, and etchings such as (The Birth of Ideas and Bedtime Tales for Sleepless Nights VIII)
With a Turner-Prize nomination under their belts, a string of sell-out exhibitions (such as Come and See at the Serpentine Gallery, London and Jake and Dinos Chapman: When Humans Walked The Earth at the Tate Britain), and limited edition prints hotly collected; Jake and Dino Chapman are one of the UK’s most successful artistic duos.