Happy Biff by Peter Haars
Happy Biff

Peter Haars was a Norwegian graphic designer, illustrator and writer. He was born in the German city of Nuremberg in 1940, and educated in arts at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Hamburg. In 1962, he left Germany for Norway, where he quickly showcased his graphic talents through his posters for the Norwegian National Theatre. He also became a frequent cover artist and lay-out man for the publishing houses Pax and Gyldendal.

Prokon, by Peter Haars

His work was strongly rooted in the Pop Art movement, with touches of surrealism and psychedelia. Haars released only two comics: 'Prokon' (1971) and 'Happy Biff' (1972), which makes him the Nordic equivalent of the Belgian artist Guy Peellaert, whose work was also influenced by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann. Haars, along with Calle Christensen, Leif Anisdahl and Bruno Oldani, innovated Scandinavian graphic art in the 1960s and 1970s. His book covers with surrealistic industrial fantasies characterized much of the 1980s.

Haars was furthermore active as a translator, fantasy writer and teacher. In 1983, he co-founded the Norwegian Association of Illustrators. In 1987, he became the first professor of graphic design and illustration at the State Academy of Art and Design in Oslo. Haars drew his inspiration from Boris Karloff, King Kong, B-movies and the German playwright Bertolt Brecht, as well as the asociated composers Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau.

Prokon by Peter Haars


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