I Saw The Sky Come Down To Meet You is a limited edition giclee print with varnish by contemporary artist Magnus Gjoen.
Based on the ceiling, "The Apotheosis of Hercules' by FranÃ§ois Lemoyne in the King's apartments in Versailles, "I saw the sky come down to meet you' brings the gods down to a human height and the viewer face to face with the divine.
Produced in six colour ways, each echoing the gold and glory of heaven and the
splendour of Versailles, the piece depicts the moment that Hercules is elevated to godly status, picked out by a contrasting €œhalo€ in the centre of the piece that acts as a gateway or portal, drawing the viewer into the scene.
Continuing to explore his fascination with Rococo and Baroque ceilings which play with games of perspective (as with his recent carpet collaboration where he inverted ground and sky), Gjoen brings the heavens to our interiors and the skies of Mount Olympus to our walls.
From a very small edition of 10, printed onto 308gsm Cotton Rag Paper, the piece is signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 113 x 80
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Medium: Giclee, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 10
Size (cm): 113 x 80
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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.