Contemporary artist, Magnus Gjoen loves to challenge our preconceived notions of beauty by offering modern takes on old masterpieces, and transforming items typically associated with violence into delicate works of art.
This piece features Gjoen’s favourite motif – the human skull, decorated with scenes from Renaissance art. Allegory of Peace is a twenty-first century memento mori: an age-old artistic tradition of depicting skulls and skeletons to symbolise human mortality.
Fascinated by fragility, Gjoen is known for teasing the fine line between life and death, love and hate and beauty and destruction, to create an unsettling yet sumptuous aesthetic.
This piece is from a limited edition of 80, signed and numbered by the artist.
Medium: Giclee, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 80
Size (cm): 70 x 70
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About the artist
Formerly a shoe designer for Vivienne Westwood, Magnus Gjoen’s migration to the world of printmaking has been nothing short of spectacular: his highly stylised and effortlessly stylish prints have earned him a reputation as one of the contemporary art world’s most sought after rising stars.
Incorporating elements of renaissance, baroque, street and fine art, Gjoen’s work explores the juxtapositions between life and death, power and fragility, and beauty and destruction, for an aesthetic that is at once opulent and macabre. From human skulls to hand grenades, Gjoen drapes his subjects in sumptuous swathes of Baroque design, creating a dramatic style that demands attention: this is not for the faint of heart.