The artist duo Jake and Dinos Chapman (born 1966 in Cheltenham, UK; 1962 in London, UK) are polarizing figures in the art world, the explicit nature of their installations often causing uproar. Famous for their dismembered mannequins and grotesque, pornographic imagery, they find their inspiration in works by Goya or Hieronymus Bosch, recreating large-scale scenes from their paintings with life-like human mannequins.
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About the artwork
In Explaining Christians to Dinosaurs, the Chapman brothers have created an etching depicting two dinosaurs involved in a brutal and deadly attack. Dinosaurs are commonly depicted in the artists' works, likely due to their association with a predatory and "uncivilised" world. A fundamental feature of the Chapmans' body of works is a fascination with issues of morality; the brothers have themselves declared that the goal of their works is to reduce the viewer to absolute moral panic. Thus, in the naming of this work, the brothers mock religion and purposely court outrage. The title was also used for the Chapmans' first major solo show in Austria, at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2005.