Archive for June 19, 2012

Artists working with the face and the figure…….Jake and Dinos Chapman…


These artists are brothers and hail from the Great Britain.  Dinos was born in 1962 in London.  Jake  was born in 1966 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom.

Dinos attended university at the University of Ravensbourne College of Art in London. Jake went to the North East London Polytechnic School.  After receiving bachelors degrees from these colleges both went on to earn master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London.

A short work done by Helen Partridge on these artistic siblings.

Part one of a series done in 2003 with Jake Chapman talking about the contemporary art movement in Britain.

Part two of the series.

Part three of the series.

As you can imagine with two minds working on projects the artists are highly productive and work in many mediums. They work with oils on canvas as well as do silkscreens, posters, etchings, lithographs, watercolor, bronzes, pen and ink, and even fiberglass.

low price range: etchings can be found for around $500.

high price range: $172,000 for a mixed media work done in fiberglass, resin, paint, wigs titled “Fuckface”

Here is a look at the work as it appeared in exhibition as the Saatchi Gallery.


Although their works might be too vulgar to be seen in some print art magazines such as American Art Collector or the Artist magazine, I find their artwork to be a different take on an old genre, figure painting. I liken their works to three dimensional garbage pail kids paintings. The Garbage Pail kids were kids who were gross but well loved by their target audience, young elementary kids such as myself at the time. Diaper Dan, who always had a full diaper. Other characters had body parts missing or deformed faces or were covered in garbage. Figure art, but seen in a gruesome manner, I believe the Chapman brothers have done this in the fine art world.


In 2003 the duo were nominated for the Turner Art Prize, they lost to Grayson Perry. The award is Britain’s most prestigious art event and hosted by the Tate Gallery in London. The award is $40,000 in euros, so around $50,000 in U.S. dollars. It is given to the best artist under the age of fifty and named for the wonderful landscape painter JMW Turner.

On this art page I wanted to include all types of art. I am heavily inspired by those team artists. As an artist it is quite lonely sometimes and you might have to push hard to be motivated. These teams I consider to be highly productive because having an extra set of ideas and someone else to help execute should make you more creative. The Chapman brothers also were studio assistants to another great artist duo that I have written about in the past named Gilbert and George.

Here is the link to my article on Gilbert and George.

The two has worked as an artistic duo since 1991.

The two have worked in the commercial art industry designing labels for Beck’s beer.

Jake Chapman is married to a supermodel named Rosemari Ferguson. Supermodel Kate Moss was in attendance at the wedding.

on line and land based galleries: Phillip de Pury and Company of London.     White Cube Gallery of London.

For some art homework try working with the figure in different style or medium in which you usually work.

Be creative on this beautiful summer’s day!