You Don't Find Light By Avoiding Darkness Two Dogs 2019, XL
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.
This piece depicts two large dogs, holding a lead with a key on it between them. One dog is constrained by the lead, the other is free, and holding his friend’s potential ticket to freedom in his fearsome jaws.
This giclée print is an Artist Proof signed by the artist.
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Medium: Giclee, Print Artist Proof
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 5
Size (cm): 80 x 175
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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.