Hariton Pushwagner

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Hariton Pushwagner
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Pushwagner in front of Axel Jensen's ship "S/Y Shanti Devi", 1983
Terje Brofos

(1940-05-02)2 May 1940
Died24 April 2018(2018-04-24) (aged 77)
Known forPop art
Storage building at Tjuvholmen in Oslo, Norway decorated with some of the later works of Pushwagner. From the left: “Subway Kid”, “The factory” and “Kings Cross”.
Pushwagner at his opening at Bærum Kunstforening on 7 June 2014 in Sandvika, Norway.

Terje Brofos (2 May 1940 – 24 April 2018), better known by stage name Hariton Pushwagner, was a Norwegian Pop artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Born as Terje Brofos during a bomb attack in May 1940[1], he grew in Berg, a neighborhood in the North End[2] of Oslo. In 1944, he was severely injured in a traffic accident. His father Fritjof was an engineer who struggled with alcohol.[3] His mother Elsa worked as a biochemist and would eventually leave her husband.[4]

During his youth, he excelled in both summer and winter sports. He became one of Norway's best tennis players and in 1955 played in a doubles final for the Norwegian championship with Arne Melander, a match which the duo lost.[4]

Pushwagner finished his education at the State's School of Art and Design of Oslo in 1959. He stated that he quit drawing for a period after his studies and that he struggled for several years to find his personal style.[5]


Pushwagner described himself as a spiritual student of Norwegian author Axel Jensen, whom he met at Kunstnernes Hus in 1968.[6] Pushwagner and Jensen lived together for a time, partly in an apartment in Oslo, Norway and partly in Fredrikstad, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden and Menorca, Spain. Pushwagner illustrated Jensen's book Og resten står skrivd i stjernene/And the Rest is Writ(ten) in the Stars (1995). Fascinated by comics since childhood, Pushwagner was inspired to start the series "Soft City" and "Doktor Fantastisk" during this period.[4]

Pushwagner won back the rights to his drawings from Morten Dreyer in 2009.

In July 2012, London-based publisher Art / Books published an extensive monograph on his work[7] to coincide with an exhibition at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom that subsequently toured to Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum in Norway and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in the Netherlands.[8][9][10]

Personal life and death[edit]

Pushwagner was twice divorced and had two daughters.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer and died at Diakonhjemmet Hospital on 24 April 2018.[1] He was 77.

Education and further studies[edit]


  • Pushwagner, Hariton (2016). Soft City. New York Review of Books. ISBN 1681370468.


  1. ^ a b Anniken Aronsen (24 April 2018) Pushwagner er død VG.
  2. ^ https://www.oslo.kommune.no
  3. ^ Thea Storøy Einan et al (24 April 2018)Pushwagner er død Aftenposten
  4. ^ a b c Petter Mejlænder (2 May 2010) Fenomenet Pushwagner Aftenposten
  5. ^ "P U S H W A G N E R". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ "P U S H W A G N E R". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.artbookspublishing.co.uk/pushwagner/
  8. ^ http://www.mkgallery.org/exhibitions/pushwagner/
  9. ^ http://www.haugar.com/pushwagner/
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-05-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://www.pushwagner.no/

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