‘A Young Boy of Uncertain Victory’ is a print by contemporary artist Magnus Gjoen. Printed onto 208gsm Photorag Paper, the print is from a limited edition of 80 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Magnus Gjoen - former designer for Vivienne Westwood - knows a thing or two about style. Having 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.
‘A Young Boy of Uncertain Victory’ blends contrasting periods and cultures, for an aesthetic which is at once comical and unsettling. Gjoen has taken a Baroque style portrait of a young man, adorned in rich attire. A bright red wig, white and red striped sleeves, and shocking clown make-up have been added, along with the familiar McDonalds ‘M’, emblazoned onto the corner of the sitter’s sash, to create a bygone Ronald McDonald figure. The juxtaposition is inspired, an uncanny merging of familiar elements, for high visual impact.