10 QUESTIONS WITH ANTHONY LISTER | N.K.ESSENTIALS

People don’t read a lot these days. In our time poor society, visual language is vital in the way we communicate as humans. ’10 questions’ isn’t meant to be a lengthy delve into the philosophy and core of an artists practice and passion. It’s simply meant to give those of you probably reading this on the run on your iPhone, a snap shot into a world you may not usually dabble. Forgive me if some questions may be broad or somewhat reductive, my goal is simply to open a part of our mind that may usually be concerned with things that are not art related. You might learn something, you might not. I just want to gently nudge the creative spheres of your brain so maybe, just maybe, you see the world in another light.

Lister has forged his own unique path in translating radical characters (note: NOT FANTASY! My bad) into both our urban environment and onto canvases and psyches of a generation that I am sure resonate with his determination and honesty.

Lister has answered my (very simple) questions with a raw honestly that is actually somewhat refreshing. Read on below

1. A/S/L?

104, the colour blue, Never Never Land

2. WHERE DID YOU STUDY ART?

I have a bachelor in Fine Art from Griffith University, a mentorship with Max Gimblett in New York. I’ll never stop being a student of the arts as I am very passionate about art history and the future of my people.

3. WHAT PROMOTED YOU TO TRANSITION FROM STREET TO CANVAS?

Actually, I was painting on canvas before I was paining in the gutter or on the streets. But before that I was scratching school tables. What inspired me to develop my multi-disciplinary applications was my addiction to marking my tracks in history. This is how I time travel. Dreams are commercials, life is a dream.

4. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT…ARE YOU INSPIRED BY REAL LIFE AT ALL OR IS IT JUST FANTASY?

How dare you! These pieces are alive! This isn’t some cartoon on Saturday morning television that I’m making here. These are living things. Don’t come at me with your pigeonholing buzz words. I’m not fucking with some sort of kiddy shit here, this is real life. What part of me being a painter didn’t you understand when you thought of these questions? Fantasy. Pffffffff

5. Who is your ideal collector?

 My Mother

6. WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT USING AEROSOLS AS A MAIN MEDIUM?

For starters I don’t use aerosols as a main medium. But when I do it’s because all the weak fools leave the room because they can’t handle the alchemy 

7. HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF GROWING AND DEVELOPING YOUR PRACTICE?

The future is the future and the past is what you know so I’ll just let you wait and find out. The presents a gift that’s why we call it the present.

8. ANY ARTISTIC IDOLS?

Yes from 1 to 100, 1 being Jimi Hendrix, 100 being Charles Manson. You fill in the gaps. I’ll give you a hint…only 3 are alive.

9. DESCRIBE YOUR PRACTICE IN 5 WORDS…

Very, very, very, very serious.

10. A PIECE OF ADVICE FOR BUDDING ARTISTS?

Don’t stop. Don’t hate. Try not to use the word don’t and try to remember that ‘always’ and ‘never’ are two words you should always never use. I have always endeavored to be never not be on purpose

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