Emerging from the Saatchi Young British Artists circus Jake and Dino Chapman have carved out a sinister corner of the art world all for themselves.
Take a step with me into their world – it’s filled with horror, mutation, apocalypse, sadism and McDonald’s. Sound like fun? Well actually humour is key to their work – a child like sense of destruction and naughtiness pervades everything.
Check out a video of their Hell installation here:
Even their most gruesome work has precedents in the ‘establishment’ – their iconic “Great deeds! Against the dead” work featured in Charles Saatchi’s Sensation show is a parody of Goya’s Disasters of War series. See their work and Goya’s original directly below:
Jake and Dinos Chapman Great Deeds! Against the Dead” 1994
Goya, “Great Deeds! Against the Dead”, 1810-20,
Ever wanted to dress up like Elvis, Andy Warhol or Sid Vicious?
Gavin Turk’s done all three.
Turk began bursted onto the art radar by exhibiting a blue heritage plaque in his studio at the Royal College of Art, which said “Gavin Turk worked here, 1989-1991”.
Turk’s work is full of wit and referential humour, cunningly done through paraphrasing already well-known works of art from the recent past.
He also examines what the paraphernalia of ‘genius’ consists of – a signature; an identifiable style; a marketable identity.
'Jackie Blue Elvis' Diamond Dust print
Gavin Turk In Memory of Silver Beuys 2004
Gavin Turk Hasta La Victoria
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