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By Ken McGregor & Jenny Zimmer
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The thirteenth instalment of Macmillan's 'Mini Art Series' examines the work of contemporary Australian artist Anthony Lister. Featuring an extensive essay and interview conducted by Ken McGregor as well as over 100 images of Lister's work that trace the development of his signature painting style from the streets of Brisbane to the galleries of Brooklyn.
"I only ever paint things I know about. I'm not trying to change the world: I'm just reacting to a world that's trying to change me." - Anthony Lister
Lister borrows from his immediate surroundings, painting parodies of modern life. His influences are varied: graffiti, stencilling, installations, Pop art, comic book imagery, cartoons and his recollections of childhood when everything seemed fascinating and animated super-heroes ruled his television screen. He says 'I want to paint images of things that I love and can relate to. The super-hereos also come from my study of contemporary mythology and the relationship between media and spirituality. Mankind is a product of its own reflection being fed to the masses through television all of my life I have been educated by Americans [seen] on television in Australia. The cinema has replaced the church as the common ground where we can gather as humans and listen to stories and compare our simple lives and beliefs with those that are more worthy of fame than ourselves'