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 About the Dead, Either Well or Nothing, Gjoen remasters an 18th century oil painting that he bought at auction. By keeping the historical references in his work, and adding modern flourishes like vibrant colours and gold leaf, the artist creates a sublime balance between old and new. The piece is a comment on the artistic license we tend to apply when remembering the past.
This giclee print is hand-finished with 24k golf leaf. It is from a limited edition of 10, signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 57 x 70
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Medium: Giclee, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 40
Size (cm): 57 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.