We The Living Are To Blame For The Painfulness Of Death Small is a Giclee Print by contemporary artist Magnus Gjoen. This limited edition piece is printed onto Cotton Rag paper and finished with UV inks and liquid silver silkscreen.
The print depicts a human skull, composed out of cleverly assembled scenes from classical antiquity. Chubby cherubim and Roman statues gather around an ancient marble fountain, while lush foliage crowds in at the edges. On a shield, nestled amongst flowers and leaves, Gjoen has inscribed his familiar +MG signature. Finished in sepia tones, the piece has a timelessness about it: all the beauty of classical and baroque painting, but with a distinctive modern appeal.
The human skull is a recurring motif in Gjoen’s work, a contemporary update of the classic memento mori: the artistic tradition of reminding the viewer of their mortality through symbols of skulls, skeletons, and hourglasses. A former shoe designer for Vivienne Westwood, Gjoen’s prints are stylish, quirky, and cutting edge. Gjoen’s beguilingly beautiful, dark, and surreal work has gathered something of a cult following, and his limited edition prints are fast becoming collectables.
From an edition of 80, signed and numbered by the artist, We The Living Are To Blame For The Painfulness Of Death Small is a stunning work of affordable contemporary print making.
Medium: Giclee, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 80
Size (cm): 50 x 50
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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.
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