Born in 1979 Anthony Lister is 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 Press.