Raised in a broken home in suburban Brisbane, Anthony Lister is today among the world’s most collectable urban artists. Introduced to art by his orphaned grandmother, Lister graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2001 before moving to New York in 2003 to apprentice alongside his mentor, Max Gimblett. The multi-disciplinary artist has participated in an impressive list of sell-out solo and group exhibitions spanning Europe, America and Australia.
In addition to a strong background in street art he employs a sophisticated painterly style, drawing inspiration from the works of Francis Bacon and Egon Schiele as well as popular youth culture and graffiti. High and low culture clash too in the content of his paintings, drawings and installations – boorish superheroes, flirtatious ballet dancers, bad-tempered old masters and imperious vamps raucously coexist at the party rapidly deteriorating inside Anthony Lister’s head.
His work can be found on the walls of everyone from Geoffrey Rush to Hugh Jackman, as well as recent acquisitions from Australia’s National Gallery. In 2010 Lister was named one of the top 50 collectable artists in Australia by Australian Art Collector and has recently undertaken an extensive research residency in Berlin. His work has been featured in numerous publications by Taschen, New York Times, Gestalten and Phaidon.
“BUILD A SUIT – MAKE A STAND” – ANTHONY LISTER
Freedom is a lie when the truth is all you seek.
Lies are all you’ll find when freedom is all you seek
Welcome to the Irrevolution.
The first rule of painting is to take everyone else out of the equation. I am the viewer, so I don’t underestimate my viewers. They see everything and I just have to assume that they are me. I cant paint for anyone else. It’s all about having the courage to say this is finished and they have to know that, i am the boss in painting. Its like being a soldier because i have to be hard as fuck to fall in love with these things and let them go.
“IMAGINATION IS MORE POWERFUL THAN KNOWLEDGE” – ALBERT EINSTEIN
THINGS WE SHOULDN’T TALK ABOUT
MYTHOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS
“INSPIRATION IS FOR BEGINNERS, THE REST OF US JUST GET TO WORK” – CHUCK CLOSE