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I'd Rather Die Happy Than Dignified - Lenticular

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Magnus Gjoen

I'd Rather Die Happy Than Dignified - Lenticular

Lenticular
Artwork size: 15 x 21 cm
Edition of 999
Limited Edition

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‘I’d Rather Die Happy Than Dignified’ is a Lenticular Print by contemporary artist Magnus Gjoen from a limited edition of 999.


Magnus Gjoen - former designer for Vivienne Westwood - knows a thing or two about style. Having recently turned his hand to the art of print making, Gjoen creates images that are full of startling beauty as well as a profundity of thought. His art explores the interaction between power and fragility, juxtaposing the two states for maximum conceptual effect. ‘I'd Rather Die Happy Than Dignified’ depicts a Baroque-style portrait of woman, decked out in rich, silk attire.


Over her face, Gjoen has scrawled childish clown features in black ink, visible only from certain angles due to the print’s lenticular qualities. At once comical and unsettling, ‘I'd Rather Die Happy Than Dignified’ is a modern day homage to Duchamp’s Mona Lisa, capturing the same irony and art-world wit, but finished a little of Gjoen’s own style, contrasting pillar-box red and sky-blue with the in-your-face, colour blocked background.




About The Artist - Magnus Gjoen


Magnus Gjoen - former designer for Vivienne Westwood - knows a thing or two about style. Having recently turned his hand to the art of print making, Gjoen creates images that are full of startling beauty as well as a profundity of thought.


His art explores the interaction between power and fragility, juxtaposing the two states for maximum conceptual effect. Using collage and bricolage, often layering sumptuous gold leaf against stark black and white, Gjoen’s work blends a range of styles and media, incorporating a street and pop aesthetic into a fine art approach. His pieces draw on history and allusion, using existing art works or fragments from the past to create his own, contemporary aesthetic.

Gjoen’s work treads a delicate line between humour and horror, and what is borne out of these two opposing forces is often haunting and unsettling, while always saturated with an unrivalled beauty. A tightrope walk of contradictions, Gjoen’s work is rich, evocative and unabashedly glamorous, a combination that marks the emerging British artist out as a unique force to be reckoned with.

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