MK Gallery is saddened by the recent death of Hariton Pushwagner (1940 – 2018).
In 2012, MK Gallery presented his first solo exhibition outside of Norway, bringing together drawings, paintings and prints made over the last forty years. The exhibition included his defining creation, the graphic novel Soft City, which encapsulates a generation’s disenchantment with capitalism and life in the modern city. His critique of power and greed was most dramatically expressed through the giant mouth on the Gallery’s façade.
His visionary practice resonated with the glamour of Pop Art, the language of science fiction, the anti-materialism of the Beat poets and the hallucinations of Vincent Van Gogh. After the discovery of his work, Pushwagner became a celebrity in his home nation, appearing regularly in newspaper headlines and television talk shows, renowned for his homelessness and hedonistic lifestyle, and compared to a modern day Edvard Munch.