The Brisbane born artist is considered “Australia’s best contemporary artist”. His paintings, drawings and installations drip with sophisticated aesthetics encompassing the avant-garde of modern society. Power tripping superheroes, ballet dancers, old masters, beautiful women and celebrities all find their way from Lister’s creative mind on to canvas. Anthony Lister, painter, and installation artist was born in Brisbane in 1979. As of 2003, he has been living and working between Brooklyn, New York and Sydney, Australia. In 2001 Lister finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Queensland College of the Arts. In addition to completing a Mentorship with Max Gimblett in New York in 2002, he has underwent several residencies around the works such as Blender Studio, Melbourne, in 2004 and The Leopold Museum, Museum Quarteur, Vienna. Amongst his most notable achievements, Lister helped pioneer the stencil and street art movement in Brisbane.
Anthony Lister coined the term “adventure painting” by creating large-scale canvas that he constantly evolves stylistically while extending an impressionist approach to contemporary portraiture. Lister combines superior technical execution of old masters with the free-hand spontaneity of his street art background. The results are dark undertones that cloud the artist’s luscious characters, constructed from a harmony of daring brush strokes and a bold color palette. Loaded with nearly uncontrollable energy Lister brings his ominous figures to life within each composition. Art Bank Australia, National Gallery of Australia and BHP Billiton are just three major collectors of Lister’s work. Gingko Press in collaboration with curator Roger Gastman published a 192-page artist book Anthony Lister – Adventure Painter. In 2010, Art Collector Magazine named Lister as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists.