‘I'd Rather be Happy Than Dignified’ is a Screen and Giclée print by contemporary artist Magnus Gjoen. Finished with 24ct gold leaf, the print is from a limited edition of 25 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
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 be Happy Than Dignified’ depicts a Baroque style portrait of woman, decked out in rich attire.
Over her face, Gjoen has scrawled childish clown features in black ink. At once comical and unsettling, ‘I'd Rather be Happy Than Dignified’ is a modern day homage to Duchamp’s Mona Lisa, capturing all the irony and art-world wit, and finished a little of Gjoen’s own style, in the beautifully textured background of gold leaf on lime green.