Anthony Lister: Visual Artist: Sydney

You’re only as good as the bad shit you pretend to know.


Name: Anthony Lister
Occupation: Freedom Fighter
Hometown: Australia
Currently residing: Sydney, Australia

Anthony Lister (1979 – present) is an Australian-born painter and Installation artist. He has had solo exhibitions across Australia, United States, Europe and UK.[One of Australia’s most renowned contemporary artists, Lister’s work presents us with a grimy fusion of high and lowbrow culture with influences from a number of areas and genres, including street artexpressionismpop art, and contemporary youth culture, often drawing from television and the “misguided role models” that result. Revelling in the “spirituality”, and the “heritage” of Western popular culture he takes this joint legacy and remoulds it into something equally alluring and grotesque, a perfect representation of the society he seeks to depict. AR spent he afternoon in his studio…


When I was a child I wanted to be… a child forever. Now that Im’m a grown up I’m fine with that too.

The studies I took to get where I am …hard knocks, malnutrition, part time jobs since I was 10, BVA.

I’m inspired by…baby crocodiles when they bite their keepers and flashing error icons on new cameras.

People I admire…Mike Myers for having and admirable name, leaders of revolutions like John Lennon, Charles Manson and Martin Luther King

The tools I can’t live without are…My hands, my head, my heart

The obstacles that have come my way…my shoes, my pens, my love of chocolate.

My favourite place place to travel… is out the back of the shed back of the stain where we have smoke.

I would like to travel…in a time time machine to … land where I kiss a lot of blands blands blands

I’m currently listening too…Wu Tang Clan

The highlights over the past 12 months have been …..all my down time is really highly lit on my priority list.

Advice I have to share for those who want to get into this profession… be good to your mother, break all the rules.

The latest project I’m working on…is a stripper pulling her bum cheeks apart.




Photo: Katrina James

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