Jake Chapman was born in 1966 in Cheltenham, Dinos Chapman in 1962 in London. They live and work in London.
Working together since their graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1990, Jake and Dinos Chapman received critical acclaim for their fist sculptural piece ‘Disasters of War’, created out of remodeled plastic figurines enacting scenes of torture and disfigurement similar to those recorded by Francisco Goya in his ‘Disasters of War’ series of etchings.
Later for the Sensation exhibition one of these ‘scenes’ they meticulously transformed into a life size tableau of reworked fibreglass mannequins. ‘Great Deeds Against the Dead’ depicts three castrated and mutilated soldiers tied to a tree and was shown alongside the equally shocking sculpture ‘Zygotic Acceleration, Biogenetic, De-sublimated Libidinal Model (Enlargedx1000)’ which is part of Jake and Dinos Chapman’s ‘gleefully grotesque’ series of mannequins of children often fused together with genitalia in place of facial features.
As well as creating sculpture, Jake and Dinos Chapman have an abiding interest in printmaking and their readiness to shock doesn’t falter in this medium either. Their subversive wit and black humour is undercut by the craftsmanship and painstaking labour that is so clearly evident in their execution of their prints, be it their expertise in draftsmanship, engraving, woodcuts or model making.
Jake and Dino Chapman continue to work from their east London studio and although both are married, Dinos making music on his days off and Jake writing essays and short stories, they are still the reigning enfants terribles of contemporary British art.
They have exhibited extensively, including solo shows:
Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, Italy (2010);
Hastings Museum, UK (2009);
Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover (2008);
Tate Britain, London (2007);
Tate Liverpool (2006);
Kunsthaus Bregenz (2005);
Museum Kunst Palast Düsseldorf (2003);
Modern Art Oxford (2003);
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000)