Le Paradis Perdu | A Solo Exhibition with Magnus Gjoen at Jealous East

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 to Sunday, 15 July 2018
Thursday, 28 June 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Magnus Gjoen’s intricate, thought-provoking reinventions of classic masterpieces and relics will be making their way to Jealous East for a solo exhibition. A new print created in the Jealous studio will be showcased alongside other works by the artist under the exhibition title Le Paradis Perdu.


Le Paradis Perdu, also known as Paradise Lost; is an infamous poem written by the 17th century English poet John Milton. It is considered by critics to be Milton's best work, and helped solidify his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time.


The French translation published in 1863; a 12 chapter book with 21 engravings bought at auction by Magnus Gjoen, is the basis of this new collection of works. The human heart symbolic of love and life is juxtaposed on top of the original engravings to give them new life and meaning. The book tells the story of Adam and Eve and man’s first disobedience, which saw them expelled from paradise, along with the story of the angel Satan. The heart symbolises the first love between humans, but also mortality after the loss of Eden.

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Magnus Gjoen was born in London to Norwegian parents, he grew up in Switzerland, Denmark, Italy as well as in the UK. As a contemporary artist Gjoen has exhibited worldwide and questions the notions of beauty by juxtaposing a range of styles and media, incorporating a street and pop aesthetic with a fine art approach. His pieces draw on history and allusion, using existing artworks or fragments from the past to create his own, contemporary aesthetic.


Describing himself as an ‘accidental’ artist, Gjoen studied fine art and fashion design which led to a successful career in fashion, working for brands such as Vivienne Westwood.


A move back into the art world came from decorating the walls of his London flat and realising he could do so with his own artworks. Thought-provoking and often-emotional, Gjoen’s art offers a modern spin on old masterpieces or manipulates powerful and strong objects into something fragile yet beautiful. By blending two genres from completely different worlds, his art is about rediscovery, taking things from the past and renewing them for the contemporary market. Breathing fresh air into dusty old paintings found in the far corners of a museum or lending a sense of beauty and grace to typically powerful, even dangerous objects, Magnus Gjoen’s work invites a second look. It’s this ability to engage with the viewer and get them questioning, challenging and thinking that makes him a promising and successful young artist in the contemporary art world.

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Jealous is a Contemporary Screenprint Studio, Gallery and Publisher based in Crouch End and East London’s creative hub of Shoreditch.


Established in 2008, we are known for our collaborative approach to producing high quality limited edition prints with many illustrators, graduates and established artists. Our editions can be seen at many of the art fairs we attend including START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery, Art 15, The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) at The Royal Academy, The London Art Fair, Moniker and the AAF internationally.


Our diverse educational programme includes working with primary schools on site specific art projects whilst the Jealous Prize invites MA’s from London’s art colleges to make an all expenses paid edition with Jealous. These editions are then shown at the many art fairs we attend and form part of the V&A’s permanent print collection.


Jealous also runs an ongoing project called Jealous Needs You, where, from open submission, we publish editions with many illustrators, designers and emerging artists. Working with many primary schools running screenprint workshops and exhibitions, Jealous likes to maintain a full and inclusive educational programme .


Our work can be found in many galleries and institutions including Tate Modern, Eyestorm, Saatchi Gallery, Scream Editions, The Imperial War Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum, and internationally with Signed and Numbered in Melbourne, Less is More Projects in Paris, Carmichael Gallery in LA, Culture Gallery in Cape Town and Taglialatella Fine Art in New York as well as the recently completed Conran Hotel South Place in London, Ming Hotel in Berlin, Soho House and The Groucho.


We also provide a number of other consultancy services, including project management, installation and logistics, artwork sourcing, live printing and pop-up exhibition management.

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53 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT

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