Jake and Dinos Chapman
Jake Chapman was born in Cheltenham and Dinos Chapman in London.Jake and Dinos Chapman make iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine, with searing wit and energy, contemporary politics, religion and morality.
balancing act-Eskil Ronningsbakken
his is the latest jaw-dropping trick from extreme artist Eskil Ronningsbakken, who enjoys nothing more than precariously perching on the edge of a clifftop or walking on a tightrope between two hot-air balloons.
The 29-year-old with a head for heights describes
himself as an 'educated balancing performer', and has been honing his death-defying skills since the age of five, with circus troupes around the globe.
I am interested in seducing the viewer. I try to create a visual lure to keep the viewer entertained. Once this has happened I can introduce a character, suggest a story.
I am interested in European Art and how the idea of ecstasy is produced in many styles: sensuality (Lippi), realism (Caravaggio), the macabre (Bosch) and the metaphysical (Dalí).
A left-field flavour, elaborate stage props, powerful imagery that confronts the viewer, that looks you direct in the eye and dares you to look back.
Nothing is sacred, religious under/overtones, the hint of deliciously dark things beyond mere fetish – delicious, modern portraiture.