From humble beginnings, as assistants to Gilbert and George, these two nice, well brought-up boys from Hastings, Jake (28) and Dinos (33) have shocked, seduced and smart-arsed their way into the galleries, magazines and headlines of Europe and America. One Italian dealer, who received a pair of sculpted mannequins called Mummy and Daddy Chapman, immediately banned the work from the show he was planning. Mummy Chapman sprouted vaginas and penises from various parts of her body, while Daddy Chapman sported a nasty rash of sphincters.
The Brothers have since modelled a severed head of their querulous gallerist, replete with an erect penis for a nose, a smile like the Mona Lisa, and a nasty, matted, synthetic wig. This decapitated, prosthetic Pinocchio plays the leading male role in their recent, unscreenable porno movie Bring Me The Head of ... made with professional sex artistes in Soho.
"We are not," the Chapmans say, "trying to test liberal boundaries." Instead, they are interested in the aesthetics of death: one can certainly describe the acting of their head-double as stiff, in every sense of the word.
Their other works have included an infant with a sex-doll mouth (called Fuck-Face), a polymorphously perverse Siamese Twat and two meticulous, harrowing reworkings of Goya's Disasters of War suite of etchings.
Currently they are working on a sculpture of Stephen Hawking, "with his saucepan grin, staring into the teleological distance". Hawking, wheelchair bound, sits atop a rocky mound, like Landseer's Monarch of the Glen, while a smoke machine billows fog about the base of the craggy scarp. The Chapmans, adolescent aesthetes at war with the grown-up world, just don't know when to stop.Reuse content