Archival pigment inks and 24ct gold leaf on cotton rag
Edition of 5
Dimensions: 113cm (H) x 80cm (W) / 44.5" (H) x 31.5" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
I Saw The Sky Come Down To Meet You , Blue Velvet (Gold Leaf) is a limited edition archival pigment inks on paper print hand-finished with 24CT Gold Leaf by contemporary artist Magnus Gjoen.
Based on the ceiling, "The Apotheosis of Hercules' by Francois Lemoyne in the King's apartments in Versailles, "I saw the sky come down to meet you' brings the gods down to a human height and the viewer face to face with the divine. Produced in six colour ways, each echoing the gold and glory of heaven and the splendour of Versailles, the piece depicts the moment that Hercules is elevated to godly status, picked out by a contrasting a halo in the centre of the piece that acts as a gateway or portal, drawing the viewer into the scene.
Continuing to explore his fascination with Rococo and Baroque ceilings which play with games of perspective (as with his recent carpet collaboration where he inverted ground and sky), Gjoen brings the heavens to our interiors and the skies of Mount Olympus to our walls. From a very small edition of 5, printed onto 308gsm Cotton Rag Paper, the piece is signed and numbered by the artist. Also available in Cherry and Tuscan Green.
Size (cm): 113 x 80
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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