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FLOWERBOMB II

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FLOWERBOMB II by Magnus Gjoen

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FLOWERBOMB II

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Magnus Gjoen

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2020

Archival pigment inks on cotton rag paper

Edition of 80

Dimensions: 175cm (H) x 70cm (W) / 68.9" (H) x 27.6" (W)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

Artist Statement

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Magnus Gjoen's evocative work treads a fascinating line between humour and horror. By offering a modern take on old masterpieces, and transforming items typically associated with violence into delicate works of art, Gjoen challenges our preconceived notions of beauty. His work combines Street Art, Pop Art and Fine Art sensibilities, and highlights humanity's capacity for creating immense beauty one minute, and mass destruction the next.

In Flowerbomb II, Gjoen adorns a lethal atom bomb with cherubs and flowers, suggesting the potential power of a bomb made of beauty. The piece invites the observer to consider what life could be like if we decided to spread love over hate.

This giclee print is from a limited edition of 80, signed by the artist.

Size (cm): 70 x 175

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Hometown: London

Based in: London

Born in London to Norwegian parents, Magnus Gjoen grew up in Switzerland, Denmark, Italy as well as in the UK. As a contemporary artist Gjoen has exhibited worldwide and has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Haifa Museum of Art and Daimler collection.
He questions the notions of beauty by juxtaposing a range of styles and media, incorporating a street and pop aesthetic with a fine art approach. His pieces draw on history and allusion, using existing artworks or fragments from the past to create his own, contemporary aesthetic.
Describing himself as an ‘accidental’ artist, Gjoen studied fine art and fashion design which led to a successful career in fashion, working for brands such as Vivienne Westwood.
A move back into the art world came from decorating the walls of his London flat and realising he could do so with his own artworks. Thought-provoking and often-emotional, Gjoen’s art offers a modern spin on old masterpieces or manipulates powerful and strong objects into something fragile yet beautiful. By blending two genres from completely different worlds, 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, Magnus Gjoen’s work invites a second look. It’s this ability to engage with the viewer and get them questioning, challenging and thinking that makes him a promising and successful young artist in the contemporary art world.


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