Magnus Gjoen uses advanced printing techniques to create a contemporary artwork with a vanitas theme inspired by the Classical Era in Rome. Set against a jet black background, the muted and faded Dei Gratia depicts Venus giving a new set of armour to Aeneas. By portraying a classical image on a skull, the artist creates a juxtaposition on the two but in reference to death, love and mortality.
Made of glass with exquisite velvet flock on the bottom.
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.