Magnus Gjoen is an exciting contemporary artist known for his modern takes on old masterpieces, and for transforming items typically associated with death or violence into striking works of art.
Cupid, Love Not War is from Gjoen’s 2023 collaboration with renowned porcelain manufacturer, Meissen, who, since its foundation in the early 18th century, have been creating figurines depicting Cupid – the God of Love. Featuring three figurines and a skate deck, the collaboration has a distinctly anti-war message, and is designed to convey hope during troubling times.
Here, Cupid looks on bewildered at the weapons in his hands, making them seem almost inconsequential when compared with what he represents – the power of love.
From a limited edition of 50, this hand-painted figurine is coloured with gold and stamped with Gjoen’s insignia.
Size (cm): 21 x 10 x 9
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Medium: Porcelain Figure
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 50
Size (cm): 21 x 10 x 9
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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.