Magnus Gjøen's prints explore how to change people's relationships and preconceived notions about objects. Something that is potentially destructive can be transformed into something beautiful and fragile.
It is this misconception of beauty that Magnus wants the audience to see, whether it is about weapons, animals or humans. Humans have the ability to create something beautiful, but are also capable of great destruction. He draws inspiration from street and pop art and puts it in context with fine art. In this way he creates new and modern expressions of old masterpieces, or manipulates something powerful into something fragile and beautiful. Questions about the connection between religion, war, beauty and destruction are some of the things that are reflected in art.
Magnus was born in London to Norwegian parents and has studied design in both London and Milan, he has also worked with denim and graphic design for Vivienne Westwood, among others.