I'd Rather Be Happy Than Dignified
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.
I’d Rather Be Happy Than Dignified depicts a woman from high society posing in her finest attire. The woman has been defaced suggesting the real and flawed human beneath the polished façade. The piece is a comment on modern life’s obsession with portraying a perfect life over actual reality.
This print is from a limited edition of 25, signed by the artist.
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Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 25
Size (cm): 100 x 120
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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.