Born in London to Norwegian parents, Magnus Gjoen grew up in a variety of countries; Denmark, Switzerland, Italy as well as the UK. 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. Now as an established contemporary artist Gjoen has exhibited worldwide. His work being both thought provoking and emotional Magnus explores the contrast between strength and fragility or offers a modern spin on old masterpieces. Magnus Gjoen aims to take objects of the past and renew them for the modern market. Gjoen’s work invites a second look, often through controversy focusing on powerful and even dangerous objects and offering them a sense of beauty and grace.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.
Magnus Gjoen’s examines how to change peoples relationship and preconceived ideas of objects. Something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects 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 beautiful and fragile. He often questions the correlation between religion, war, beauty & destruction in his art.