Jake and Dinos Chapman

Double Deathshead

About this artwork

The conjoined skulls of this print recall the Chapmans’ sculptures made from fused-together shop mannequins. The image also refers to the Jolly Roger pirate flag and the symbol of the ‘Death’s Head Unit’, a division of the National Socialist SS organisation. When this print is displayed, a pair of plastic eyes on springs – ‘Droopy Eyes’, are fixed to the glazed surface. Dinos Chapman explained, ‘The eyes deflate any sense of menace, the whole image deflates itself.’ This work is from a portfolio of prints by eleven different London-based artists, called ‘Screen’. The title is taken from the screenprint technique but also refers to the fact that most of the artists had worked with film or photography.

  • title:
    Double Deathshead
  • accession number:
    GMA 4200 B
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  • materials:
    Screenprint: 4 screens, plus varnish and phosphorescent ink
  • date created:
    1997
  • measurements:
    71.30 x 86.40 cm; paper 73.40 x 88.30 cm (framed: 86.30 x 116.20 x 2.70 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1998
  • copyright:
    © JAKE AND DINOS CHAPMAN AND THE PARAGON PRESS

Jake and Dinos Chapman

Jake and Dinos Chapman