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 Jake & Dinos Chapman  (1966/1962 - )

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Lived/Active: England      Known for: iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installation

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Graduates of the Royal College of Art in London, Jake, born in Cheltenham, and Dinos, born in London, Chapman have worked as a team since graduation to create startling/shocking works of sculpture, installation and print.  Major themes are politics, religion and social mores.

"The Chapmans 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 'Disasters of War' etchings.  Later they took a single scene from the work and meticulously transformed it into a 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 that was destroyed by fire in 2004. The work was peopled with over 30,000 remodelled, 2-inch-high figures, many in Nazi uniform and performing egregious acts of cruelty.  The work combined historical, religious and mythic narratives to present an apocalyptic snapshot of the twentieth-century."

Exhibition venues include Dusseldorf, London, Oxford and New York City.

White Cube Gallery, London

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