Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtaposing it with fine art, Magnus creates images that are full of startling beauty as well as a profundity of thought. His work invites a second look. It’s this ability to engage with the viewer and get them questioning, challenging and thinking that makes this young artist stand out as a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary art world.
His pieces draw on history and allusion, using existing artworks or fragments from the past to create his own contemporary aesthetic. Thought-provoking and often emotional, Magnus’s art offers a modern spin on old masterpieces or manipulates powerful and strong objects into something fragile yet beautiful. His art is about rediscovery, taking things from the past and renewing them for the contemporary market. Breathing fresh air into dusty old paintings found in the far corners of a museum or lending a sense of beauty and grace to typically powerful, even dangerous objects.
Born in London to Norwegian parents, Magnus grew up in Switzerland, Denmark, Italy as well as in the UK. He studied fine art and fashion design which led to a successful career in fashion, working for brands such as Vivienne Westwood. He has exhibited in group and solo shows worldwide and is collected by celebrities such as Kate Moss. MAGNUS GJOEN WEBSITE