Jake and Dinos Chapman

The Birth of Ideas (2003)

  • Edition of 200
  • Hard ground etching on 300 gsm Arches
  • Sheet size 52 x 64cm (20 x 25 in) (Plate size 30 x 42 cm (12 x 16 in))
  • Signed, dated and numbered on the reverse.
$3,300

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About the Edition
'The Birth of Ideas' illustrates a world of complex monstrosity. Teeming with gratuitous aberrations, two separate masses of proto and sub-organic matter float unanchored, illuminated by a sickly sun. Insanely detailed, the viewer's eye is drawn into the image, discovering amongst the dense skein fantastical embryonic forms, swirls of tiny insects, entrail-like structures and a number of typical Chapman 'figures'. Perhaps their most finely worked etching to date, 'The Birth of Ideas' takes the medium of hard ground etching to an extreme level.
About the Artist
Jake & Dinos Chapman make iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine, with searing wit and energy, contemporary politics, religion and morality. They interrogate what we value as art, questioning the widely held view that the purpose of art is to be morally redemptive or socially edifying. They ask us to consider what we see as good or bad art - whether 'bad' art really is made by or for bad people - and to probe the assumptions that underlie established aesthetic criteria. They frequently employ subversive strategies through which they question the role of the artist and the complicity of the viewing audience.

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