Magnus Gjoen is a London-born artist with an impressive fashion background, having studied fashion design in London and Milan and having worked for Vivienne Westwood amongst others. Gjoen takes inspiration from street and pop art fusing it with fine art, to question beliefs about religion, war beauty, destruction and art. His art is simultaneously at once uplifting and damning; a salvation for a godless generation. Updating old masterpieces and presenting them in a new way has always been Gjoen’s prerogative, where he expertly manages the balance between old and contemporary.
Artist: Magnus Gjoen
Medium: Cotton, Rag Paper, Giclee
H 70 cm, W 70 cm
In this piece, you can see many things and events in and amongst, a swan, still life, uzi, dog, game, garden, gun, manor and monkey. It’s this misconception of beauty which Magnus Gjoen wants us to see in a different light, being it weapons, animals or the human race itself. The ‘harshness’ of the weapon is dimmed or even softened by the delicate painting covering the deadly weapon. Camouflaging the gun away. The title suggests beautiful things aren’t perfect, there is always a layer underneath. Its a wonderful piece of art to immerse yourself in!