Destruction and Transfiguration: Prints by Magnus Gjoen

Having left behind a successful career in fashion (which included working for brands such as Vivienne Westwood), Magnus Gjoen describes himself as an “accidental” artist. His art is a wild blend of styles – street, pop, fine – where classic portraits of neat and dignified men, women and children exist alongside corporate logos, modern pills and bombs. Old masterpieces are manipulated, injected with a punk sensibility. But these acts of destruction lead to transfiguration – newer meanings emerge that can be more relevant to the contemporary viewer.

Magnus examines our preconceived notions of objects (skulls, animals, weapons, etc.) and plays with them. He is interested in the correlation between religion, war and beauty. His art, he believes, is at once uplifting and damning – something of a salvational force for a godless generation.

Magnus Gjoen (Photo: Jens Marott)
Magnus Gjoen (Photo: Jens Marott)


Magnus Gjoen was born in London to Norwegian parents and studied design in London and Milan. He grew up in Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and the UK. He is based in London.

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Images used with permission.


I’d Rather be Happy than Dignified


The Boy and his Pills


I’ll Cry When I’m Done Killing


No Time to Grieve for Roses When Forests are Burning


Roses are Dead


Young Boy of Uncertain Victory


A Little Gentleman of Nothing


A Beautiful Thing is Never Perfect


Thus Passes the Glory of the World


Every Cloud has a Silver Lining