Artist: Magnus Gjoen

Medium: Archival Pigment Inks and 24 Carat Gold Leaf on 308 GSM Cotton Rag.

Created: 2017

Style: Contemporary

H 110 cm, W 110 cm

Limited Edition 1 of 50

Like a kaleidoscope, ISHTAR presents a perfectly symmetrical image, set against a jet-black disc. At the center of the circle sits a skull, surrounded by stag beetles, where their intertwined legs create a delicate, spider web-like design. Made up of Baroque floral patterns focusing on pink, white and green, the skull and insects melt into the inky black background set against another contrast of gold, referencing to life and death, a key motif in the artist’s works.