Jake & Dinos Chapman

Etchasketchathon I (No.23), 2005
Etching with watercolour
62cm x 60cm

Jake and Dinos Chapman have worked together since their graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1990. They live and work in London. The Chapmans make iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine with searing wit and energy contemporary politics, religion and morality. The duo came to prominence in the nineties as part of the so-called YBA (Young British Artists) generation.

They first received critical acclaim in 1991 for a diorama sculpture entitled ‘Disasters of War’, inspired by Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’ etchings. Since then they have created an astounding and highly intelligent body of varied work that is characterised by its scepticism, parody, and irreverence. Their work is often challenging and addresses controversial issues such as man’s capacity for barbarity, war and violence, and the ‘banality of evil’ in the last two centuries.

They have exhibited extensively, including solo shows at Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Museum Kunst Palast Düsseldorf, Modern Art Oxford, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

Artwork kindly donated by Jake & Dinos Chapman, courtesy of White Cube.