24 hour party portraits

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Photo: © Anthony Lister/Outsiders Gallery

Street art darling Anthony Lister shows his paintings at The Outsiders in Soho

Australian artist Anthony Lister was born in 1979. That very same year, frequenters of New York’s Studio 54 were exploring the heights of decadence, on the verge of the last days of disco. The last days of London’s punk scene may be heralded by the passing of Sid Vicious, earlier that year.

While that certain party may be long since over, the spirit of hedonism and pleasure-seeking continue to pull the proverbial ‘all nighter’ in Lister’s paintings, which meld a refreshingly raw punk rebel spirit with an elegant painterly style.

‘Unsung Heroes,’ an exhibit of his work, on display at The Outsiders gallery in Soho until 22nd December, features portraits of the 24 hour party people who embody the wild and unbridled realm of Nightworld.

Lister’s depiction of a spiky-haired guitarist smoking a cigarette evokes the aesthetics of a fictitious meeting between Robert Smith and cubist era Picasso. Another surreal looking painting of a woman with a pig nose feels like a Willem De Kooning-esque homage to jolie laide.

All art historical references aside, Lister, who mastered his craft in the streets, is a celebrated creator in his own right and time. He has been called ‘Australia’s best contemporary artist’ and has been referred to by the arts media as an on-the-cusp artist to watch. In 2012 A.B. (after Banksy), Lister’s is another inspiring street-to-suite/rags-to-riches art world tale.

The details of his rise through the ranks of the street art world, “from street to museum” are chronicled in the forthcoming documentary film by Alex Gee monolithically titled (in a tongue in cheek fashion?) Lister.

The Outsiders: London
8 Greek Street
London W1D 4DG
0203 214 0055
Through 24 December, Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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