Jake (Born in 1966) and Dinos (Born in 1962) Champman often known as the “Chapman Brothers” are British visual artists. They commenced their artistic collaboration after graduating from the Royal College of Art London, in 1990. They are part of the Young British Artists, a group of British contemporary artists (Damian Hirst, Tracey Emin…), noticed for their “choc tactics” and the use of unusual materials.
Their style, highly recognizable, yet very uncommon. Gore as they describe it themselves. They became famous due to their art works that often create controversy.
Their first critical success was “Disasters of War” 1991, a diorama-like-sculptural piece comprised of reclaimed plastic figurines arranged to resemble the scene from the Francisco de Goya painting of the same name. The Chapman brothers worked as assistants for another well-known British artist pair, Gilbert and George; despite this connection, the two sets of artists work in distinctly different styles. The work of the brothers Chapman is often darkly humorous, hostile, and subversive, and the artists are cited as describing viewers laughter and reaction to their work as more significant than the work itself. In addition to their dioramas, the Chapmans are known for their mannequin-like sculptural works, which often resemble conjoined Barbie dolls and feature genitalia in unexpected places.
Their art has been exhibited in venues around the world, such as the Gagosian Gallery in New York, the White Cube Gallery in London, the Triumph Gallery in Moscow, among many others. Both artists live and work in London.