Norwegian artist Magnus Gjoen’s art is the inspiration behind the latest wallcovering collection by FEATHR. Gjoen’s work mingles fine art with street and pop art, and draws on history and allusion, using fragments of the past or existing artworks to create a unique contemporary aesthetic.
Inspired by maximalist traditions ranging from the Arts & Craft movement through to Venetian Rococo and Babylonian frescoes, the “No Use Crying for Roses When Forests are Burning” wallpaper uses toned stripes to create a formal structure from a lush medley of oil-painted florals.
The “Flower Bomb” wallpaper brings a touch of black humour to the formality of a Georgian striped wallpaper. The design remixes a stylised bomb with classical motifs and in doing so reminds the viewer that the extremes of human existence – love and hate, war and peace, light and darkness – so often go hand in hand.
In “You Don’t Find Light by Avoiding the Darkness”, Gjoen utilises his trademark juxtaposition of classical painting with masculine motifs. The centrepiece motif of the wallpaper is two alert Dobermann Pinschers facing each other, linked by a chain and key. Oil-painted florals soften the profiles of the Dobermanns, whilst the linear structure of the design brings continuity and restraint to their poised power.
For the “A Beautiful Thing is Never Perfect” wallpaper, Gjoen used the Baroque method of representing the cycle of life by interlacing vibrant blooms with hints of decay. This maximalist striped design features roses, gerberas, butterflies and snails entwined around beflowered skulls hidden amongst the undergrowth.
Gjoen’s artworks often use the juxtaposition to manipulate powerful objects into something more fragile. In “Victory Over Ignorance”, ochre stripes, recalling the bars of the border wall between the United States of America (USA) and Mexico, are set against a rich tangle of flora and fauna. The interaction between the stripes and florals brings into question what is restrained and what is free, and where the real power lies.
Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to FEATHR and Magnus Gjoen for the images and information provided.