A trendsetter with an international following and a general disregard for borders, prolific street artist and painter Anthony Lister has managed to marry the empathy and abjection of 20th Century figuration with the irreverence of the street. His work shows a genuine affection for the human body, and also a tender understanding of the ways in which the demented, destructive, playful and powerful collide and coalesce.
From Brisbane, Lister moved to New York in 2003 and it was there that he found a visual language of his own. He shifted his focus to painting superheroes and this shift gave his work newfound forcefulness. He retained his distinctive approach to mark-making, but began appropriating and re-imaging comic muses, relatable characters that act as classical mythology’s pop equivalents.
These characters have become proxies for Lister, allowing him to react to the world as he sees it and pursue tongue-in-cheek philosophical explorations – explorations that raise more questions than they answer. Lister exhibits extensively worldwide and appeared in the publication ‘Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art’, cementing his place in the history of the movement.