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: Gold Leaf, Cotton Canvas
H 135 cm, W 110 cm
Limited Edition 1 of 50
Bought from an auction, this 18th-century oil painting sees Gjoen reinterpret mystery to show his strength in the vibrancy of colours that pop on the canvas. However different to the original, Gjoen sees a bright cerise transform the canvas and create a greater contrast between the darkened background and gold leaf highlighted butterflies, the snail, the wasp and insects. This images being a perfect example of Gjoen’s mastery of historic Clair-obscure technique. The work comments on taking the past and remembering it fondly.