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: Wood, Colour Paint
H 80 cm, W 20 cm
Limited Edition 1 of 56
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 light pink, red, blue, white and green flowers that make up the skull create a juxtaposition inherent in the artist’s works, challenging traditional concepts of art. Roses are Dead refers to sub rosa (under the rose), where a person whose secrets were so dark led to their ruin and ultimately death.