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Anthony Lister

Anthony Lister

area: Painting, Street Art

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Painting, Street Art



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time period

July 2016 - July 2016

Born in 1979 Anthony Lister is already regularly described as
“Australia’s best contemporary artist.” In 2001, Lister completed a
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Queensland College of the Arts.
He helped pioneer the stencil and street art movement in Brisbane
before moving to New York in 2003 to work with his mentor, Max
Gimblett. In addition to a strong background in street art he employs
a sophisticated, fine art, painterly style. High and low culture clash
in the content of his paintings, drawings and installations – boorish
superheroes, flirtatious ballet dancers, bad-tempered old masters
and imperious vamps raucously co-exist at the party rapidly
deteriorating inside Anthony Lister’s head.
With an international following and a general disregard for borders,
this prolific street artist and painter has managed to marry the
empathy and abjection of 20th century figuration with the
irreverence of the street. The thrust of his work is equally informed
by Bacon and Schiele, his childrens drawings and the Chapman
brothers.His contradictory, often carnivalesque, layered action
paintings have hung on the walls of solo exhibitions at galleries in
Sydney, Miami, New York, London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
The nomadic artist’s latest high-profile commissions include: The
Standard in New York City’s Meat Packing district, public mural’s in
conjunction with Soho’s L.I.S.A project and a newly released artist
book, Anthony Lister - Adventure Painter, “documenting Lister’s
physical and intellectual travels as he’s explored themes ranging
from flawed superheroes to characters portraying classical
mythology’s pop equivalents.” - Roger Gastman through Ginko

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Anthony Lister


For this residency I plan to prepare a body of work based around the email form and modern day iconography. The medium of the works will be primarily mixed media on paintings and studies on paper along with corresponding installation for the final exhibition.

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