Magnus Gjoen's evocative work treads a fascinating line between humour and horror. By offering a modern take on old masterpieces, and transforming items typically associated with violence into delicate works of art, Gjoen challenges our preconceived notions of beauty. His work combines Street Art, Pop Art and Fine Art sensibilities, and highlights humanity's capacity for creating immense beauty one minute, and mass destruction the next.
In Loving in Extraordinary Times Gjoen portrays a lethal grenade overgrown with wild flowers. Butterflies land on the explosive, unaware of the potential for disaster that lies beneath. The piece acts as a reminder not to be seduced by outward beauty and to consider the fragile line between creation and destruction.
This eight-colour silkscreen print is from a limited edition of 25, signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 70 x 70
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 25
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.