The Art Style of MAGNUS GJOEN

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Magnus Gjoen is one artist I’m so fascinated about. I came across the works of this exceptional London-born artist in the late months of 2018. I have ever since been thrilled as to how he conveniently sees the sight of things that appear dangerous and transforms them into a fragile piece of art. His art style could be regarded as finding a thin line between the modern and contemporary art styles. ArtRepublic recently wrote a stunning piece on the art style of Magnus Gjoen. You should check it out.

If you look closely at his works, it would be hard to miss his ability to question the character and connection between war, struggle, peace and sometimes religion. His perspective of art isn’t far-fetched from his wide exposure between more than one art culture. Gjoen started his journey with studying design here in London before he then sailed down to Milan to further his studies. His passion for art made him a standout denim designer and designer in graphics working with one of the fines British fashion legend ever.

His background in fashion made him confident in infusing a contemporary ancient-feel to his works. Gjoen often returns to old destructive models and try to relate their meanings into more significant things in modern society.

Gjoen mostly attests the inspiration behind his works to imagery dating as back as the 14th century.  He always finds the thought of blending it with the street art to bring about a manipulating ancient stunning success of objects charming. For years, he has always worked to create arts, drawing inspiration from various backgrounds and beliefs. Most especially the one I consider a part of his favorites; “Renaissance and Flemish masters,” war and religion. While the human race, he sets aside as his most favored subject of inspiration.

He also explores his artistic capabilities through the use of ceramics, making sculptures having his handprints written all over them. If you haven’t seen any of his sculpture works, you probably wouldn’t understand the mystery behind his crafts. Gjoen loves to capture subtle images of death and beauty, portraying objects such as human skulls and advanced and old weaponry. He never seizes to draw every viewer’s attention to the transitory nature of a feasible existence.

Most pieces he creates can change dark imagery into fragile objects. By adding a little spice of dark humor and modern art to his works, Gjoen has drawn the hearts of future generations of art lovers who understand his clear-sighted comments on modern society. Few of his art piece is digitally-built by 3D templates In illustrator. After which he adds thorough details defining every inch with shadow drops in Photoshop.

A few years ago, for the first time, Gjoen tried out with various materials like Perspex, and fine wood. I suggest he did this to prove he could come out of his digital shell and try something new. One of the created pieces was titled “Monster.” Monster describes the extremely uptight, yet confused subconscious of a serial killer. He successfully narrated how imagination can be the fundamental driving force in the foundation of a monstrous being.

The beginners guide to Ukulele fingerpicking

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As you continue in your Ukulele lessons, you will start to learn about the different skills in how to generate different sounds out of your instrument. If you want a boost in the performance skill of this stringed instrument, the Ukulele-fingerpicking is very important piece.  Here you will have the guide to the ukulele basics especially for the beginners.

Most of the Ukulele players like to twang the chord of the instrument. Here you’ll have some tips about how to learn the control of each of the finger.

The basics of Ukulele-fingerpicking

The thumb-style picking is the most basic way of ukulele fingerpicking. Instead of plucking all the strings, only thumb is used to strike the particular string or strings. You might love learn from to practice the couple pattern that doesn’t require you to hold any of the chords at the beginning.

    The styles using only the thumb:

  • Quarter Note Arpeggio: G C E G, G C E G
  • Full Ukulele Arpeggio: G C E A, G C E A
  • Quarter Note – Eighth-Note Mix
  • C E C E

Soon after you gain the mastery over these patterns taking help of your thumb only, then try each of the patterns with other fingers. After that, do with 2,3 and 4 finger styles.

The controlling of Fingers:

2 finger style: It is of 2 types

  • First, your thumb takes control of the G and C strings, while your first finger controls the E and A strings.
  • Second, your thumb to control the first 3 strings and control the top strings with first finger.

You can alternate between the thumb and the first finger, to get a Spanish guitar sound: G A, C A, E A, A A. Check out the example in the tab.

3 Finger Style:

  • It is a bit tricky style. It is to mimic the pattern of Banjo fingerpicking. It is moving backward and forward between high and low string like 5 stringed banjos. It can be done by alternating the thumb back and forth in between the G and C strings.


4 Finger Style:

  • It is similar to 3 finger style, only each string is controlled by different finger. Thumb finger (G), First finger (C), Middle finger (E), and Ring finger (A). If you succeed to achieve any nice rolling you will be able to achieve the uniform rhythm.

Once you can master over these styles and decide what the best style is for you, then pour out that picking style and go on trying.


The Finger Picking Pattern of Ukulele:

  • Forward Banjo-Roll

Use a triad on every note to provide it a feel of banjo-roll

G E A, C E A

  • Reverse Banjo Roll

Same as the above but reverse

A E C, A E G

  • Forward-Reverse Roll

It like the same procedure as the first two rolls, simply the reverse courses as you reach the top.

G E A, A E C

  • Reverse Four-Finger Roll

It is also the reverse course of the previous roll.

A E C G, A E C G.

Changing of Chord

  • Soon after you able to control these pattern of picking as well as the rolls, it is the time for you to learn the changing of chords when you finger pick.
  • The professionals indorse beginning with the changes of simple chords. Go from the C to G chord, backward and forward number of times, till you get the command over it.

Once you feel contented with all the changes, begin the process of moving from C – F- G, and return. When it is done, then start working on the progressions of the common chord progressions with which you are already familiar.

By now you have sure to gain confidence to get started Ukulele finger picking. Practice more to get better and better day by day.