17.—18. april

Mikael Hegnar

In ever finding new ways of applying paint to the canvas I seek to make myself a stranger to my own work. I brush, pour, push and print various pigmented pastes onto the canvas, and rework them with hand-made as well as traditional painting tools, including painting knives, scrapers, straight or notched edged trowels, sticks, cloths, rags and brushes.

This wide array of media, which includes encaustic wax painting as well as oils and raw pigments, allows chance compositions to appear as if out of nowhere. The hastily sketched figures and patterns that populate the landscapes owe their immediacy to a careful reconfiguring of the tools used to scratch and carve them, where oversized handles or serrated edges become a tool to any technical virtuosity.


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Mikael Øye Hegnar, Signal, (2019). Oil on canvas, 110 cm x 84 cm.
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Mikael Øye Hegnar, Overview from Sovang solo presentation, (2019).
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Mikael Øye Hegnar, City (By), (2019). Oil on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm.
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Mikael Øye Hegnar, Sake, (2019). Oil on canvas, 110 cm x 84 cm.

Planned projects and exhibitions

Solo presentation:
Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer, Norway. 2022
Group show:
Kösk Gallery, Oslo. Norway. March, 2020


(b. 1984, Tønsberg)


2008–2010 MA, Akademiet, Kunsthøyskolen. Oslo, Norway
2005–2008 BA, Kunstfag, Kunsthøyskolen. Oslo, Norway
2003–2005 Einar Granum Kunstfagskole. Oslo, Norway

Solo shows

”On Graftage” , 1857, Oslo (2019)
“Independent Brussels”, 1857, Brussel (2017)
“Garderoben”, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand (2017)
“MNikael ∞ benspenn”, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2017)
”Blotto", BOA, Oslo (2015)
”Øy”, Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer (2014)
”Mikael Øye Hegnar”, Galleri LNM, Oslo (2014)
”Mikael og Satan bygger Slott”, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo (2013)
”Arbeider”, Akershus kunstsenter, Lillestrøm (2010)
”In Limbo”, Trafo Kunsthall, Asker (2008)

Group shows

”Upstairs”, Femtensesse, Oslo (mai 2020)
”Old Tree”, Hordaland kunstsenter, Bergen (mars 2020)
”Selflessness”, 1857, Kunstnerneshus (2019)
”Paris Internationale”, 1857, Paris (2018)
”Hvitsten-Salong”, Hvitsten (2018)
“Slutten”, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand (2017)
“Paris Internationale”, 1857, Paris (2016)
“Neolithic Graffiti”, QB Galleri, Oslo (2016)
“Tegnebiennalen 2016: SKISSEN”, Oslo (2016)
“Skumringssoner”, Sommerutstillinga 2016, Seljord (2016)
“En kolektiv kraftanstrengelse for tapte saker”, Podium, Oslo (2013)
”Full Moon Party”, Freddy Knox, Oslo (2009)
“Pencilstory”, Galleri Nb8, Oslo (2007)
“Tree Islands”, Galleri Schauberger, Asker (2007)
“Hey hey, we are the Mowglis”, Podium, Oslo (2007)

Support and grants

BKV, work grant. 3-year (2020)
Prosjekt support, Arts Council Norway (2019)
Project support, BKV (2019)
BKH, work grant, 1-årig (2019)
BKV, work grant, 1-årig (2018)
BKV, work grant, 3-årig (2015)
Arts Council Norway working grant, 1-year (2014)
Arts Council Norway working grant, 1-year, (2013)
Ingrid Lindbäck Langaards Stiftelse: (grant) (2012)
Arts Council Norway, working grant. 2-year (2011)
Arts Council Norway, travel grant (2010)
BKH-establishment scholarship (2009)

Artist residency

Studio scholarship at Lilleborg, Oslo (2019-2021)
Nordisk kunstsenter Dale, Dale (fall 2019)
Ingrid Lindbäck Langaards Stiftelse: (Cité), Paris (2015)
CCA Antrax, Antrax, Mallorca, (2014)


Landsforeningen Norske Malere LNM, (2018-2021)