Anthony Lister

Born 1979
Lives and works in Sydney, Los Angeles, New York

Artist's CV

 “I am interested in culture, and society’s judgment systems on culture. Ballerinas are kind of like strippers, only they don’t take their clothes off. I’m interested in breaking art. I’m interested in philosophy.”

Born in 1979 Anthony Lister is already described as a leading Australian contemporary artist. In 2001, Lister completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Queensland College of Art. 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.

Consistently exhibiting around the world, Anthony Lister’s last shows in Milan and Los Angeles have turned his focus back to the human form and the female figure, his exhibitions largely consisting of ballet dancers. An interesting counterpoint to the recent Degas show in London, Lister presents a much more grimy, rough-hewn, but surprisingly delicate take on the bodies.

In 2010, Anthony Lister was named as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists by Art Collector Magazine. Lister broke his auction record in June 2015 when his 2014 work Supernatural Disorder 4, 2014 sold for $19,636  at Menzies' sale of Important Australian and International Fine Art, Melbourne.

In November 2012, Lister exhibited in London and Newcastle at the Outsiders/Lazarides Galleries and was the first to simultaneously occupy both Outsiders galleries since David Choe made his UK debut in 2008. Since 2012 he has exhibited in solo shows in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and London.

Anthony Lister street art: The blurred line between crime and culture, March 16, 2015
Street artist Anthony Lister has made Sydney his canvas and the world has noticed, The Sydney Morning Herald, Entertainment, by Joel Meares, September 12, 2014

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View the trailer for the documentary HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS?- to be screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) from 3-20 August, 2017. "From award-winning filmmaker Eddie Martin comes an up-to-the-minute snapshot of the life and creative processes of outspoken ‘visual freedom fighter’ Anthony Lister, Australia’s most renowned street artist." MIFF



\ Artworks

Ballerina 1

2017 \ Oil and spray on canvas \ 150x150cm


Beauty spelt wrong

2017 \ Charcoal, spray paint, acrylic and oil stick on canvas \ 113x269cm


Big Head

2017 \ Bronze sculpture \ 83cm(h) x 30cm(w) x 26cm(d)

Jester Raked Up

2016 \ Acrylic, charcoal and spray paint on canvas \ 100x75cm


Luna Park Fears

2017 \ Charcoal, spray paint, acrylic and oil stick on canvas \ 37.5x69cm


Nude Dancer

2017 \ Bronze sculpture \ 25.5cm(h) x 21cm(w) x 18cm(d)

Shopping Trio

2017 \ Charcoal, spray paint, acrylic and oil stick on canvas \ 148.5x259cm


Spider Woman

2007 \ Mixed media on canvas \ 167x167cm


Stripper Asleep on the Pole

2017 \ Charcoal, spray paint, acrylic and oil stick on canvas \ 152x100cm


Superhero Twins

Acrylic, charcoal and spray paint on canvas \ 190x190cm


The Couple Trap

2017 \ Charcoal, spray paint, acrylic and oil stick on canvas \ 38x67cm

The Return to Freedom

2017 \ Charcoal, spray paint, acrylic and oil stick on canvas \ 149x271cm


\ News

NH Event

New Works from Anthony Lister

14 September 2016

Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary is pleased to release five works from Anthony Lister that speak volumes about society and of the talent of one of the best known Australian artists on the world stage.  

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\ Exhibitions featuring Anthony Lister

Summer Exhibition

Group Exhibition

6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018

Anthony Lister

Homeless Among the Gum Trees

13 September — 6 October 2017

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