Magnus Gjoen’s works examine how to change peoples relationship with, and preconceived notions of, objects. Something which is potentially extremely destructive can be transformed into a beautiful yet fragile piece of art. It’s this misconception of beauty which Magnus Gjoen wants us to see in a different light, being it weapons, animals or the human race itself. The latter which is capable of creating immense beauty but also capable of destroying it all.
Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtapositioning 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 Mila. He worked as a denim designer and graphic designer before embarking on a career as an artist.