November 08, 2012

Anthony Lister "Unslung Heroes" Exhibit (11.16)



For his all-new show, Anthony Lister  – consistently described as “Australia’s best contemporary artist”  – has used his sketchbook featuring portraits of hip hedonistic revellers, drawn at revels he’s attended, for inspiration. The elegant and sophisticated figures in the paintings – also dubbed the ‘Party Life Series’ – may be a contrast to the obnoxiously intoxicated international youth of today. But this is exemplary of the artist’s most consistent theme: “I try to combine the highbrow and lowbrow,” says Lister, “creating analogies which allow the viewer to feel comfortable with subjects that maybe they’ve made snap judgements on before.”

On a surface level the content of Unslung Heroes marks a departure for Lister. The artist’s past trademark has been paintings of super-powered ‘grey paladin’ characters indulging in louche behaviour, more inclined to shoot laser beams from their sexual organs than their eyes or gauntlets. “The  super-heroes I always described as ‘misguiding role models’. Well, the characters in Unslung Heroes are the products of those bad role models. Also this whole show is about people  without super-powers who influence us. Super-heroes are just people in costumes after all.”

An exhibition held simultaneously at:

The Outsiders London | 8 Greek Street | Soho | London | W1D 4DG | Tel +44 (0)203 214 0055 / 66
The Outsiders Newcastle | 77 Quayside | Newcastle-Upon-Tyne | NE1 3DE | Tel +44 (0)191 221 2560