About

Magnus's work examines how to change both people's preconceived notions and relationships with objects. Something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art. Magnus Gjoen wants us to see this mistaken view of beauty in a different light, whether it involves weapons, animals or the human race, rhe being capable of creating both immense beauty whilst also beingcapable of destroying it all. Magnus's art aims to rethink old concepts and re-interpret them. He wants to shed new light on past treasures, updating them and making something that is contemporary but still retains something from the past. Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtaposing it with fine art, he creates new and modern takes on old masterpieces or manipulates something powerful and strong into something fragile but beautiful. He often questions the correlation between religion, war, beauty & destruction in his art. Magnus Gjoen was born in London to Norwegian parents and studied design in London and Milan. He works as a designer/graphic designer for Vivienne Westwood.

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Gjoen brings a touch of punk- sensibility to the art tradition. His fashion background infuses Magnus' art, re-thinking old concepts and re-interpreting them for the contemporary climate. Working to shed new light on past treasures, Magnus' prints alters the relationships between the viewer and the preconceived notions of objects; something which is ostensibly powerful and destructive is transfigured into beautiful and fragile objects of art, be it weapons, animals or the human race itself. Taking inspiration from the street and pop art and juxtaposing it with fine art, Magnus creates new and modern takes on old masterpieces, questioning the correlation between religion, war beauty, destruction and art. His art at once uplifting and damning; this is salvation for a godless generation.

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