‘The Colonials XL’ is a Giclee by contemporary artist Magnus Gjoen. Printed onto 308gsm Cotton Rag Paper, 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.
‘The Colonials’ depicts a sepia painting of a nineteenth-century colonial couple, dressed up in silks and furs, embroidered capes and starched collars, as they survey their newly acquired (appropriated) exotic lands. Over their faces, Gjoen has scrawled childish clown features in black and red ink, creating both comical and unsettling overtones.
A modern day homage to Duchamp’s Mona Lisa, Gjoen has captured the same irony and art-world wit, finished with a touch of his own, impeccable style.