The last 12 months have been gangbuster for Anthony Lister, who has been taking business as usual, painting walls and holding exhibitions. Out of all his works, he credits his show Bogan Paradise as his best so far. "I have been growing so much lately and it feels like every show and even piece I make, I am evolving and growing more fond of. I feel that I am only as good as my last production and only as smart as my last decision, so I am just trying to focus on that," he explained.
Originally from Brisbane, Lister has experienced the ups and downs of the street art scene. "There's been some great work made there … Brisbane has and is producing some super talented artists" he said. However, he also told how he has had his work painted over in Brisbane so much it’s painful. Ideally, he would love to think that things will change, but does not see it happening in the immediate future as it's kind of the same story everywhere.
Being the active and prolific street artist he is, Lister has painted all over the world in spaces such London, Berlin, Sydney and LA. He recently finished a wall in Milan which he is proud of, even though street art is hard to communicate there. If he could paint anywhere in the world, he would like to paint 'Welcome to Japan' on the Great Wall of China. "Once I painted ‘Welcome to Brisbane’ on the first fence leaving the Melbourne airport and I heard great things from it. The fence has since been stolen with my work on it" he said.
The future for Lister would normally involve bigger shows and more travelling, but his heart tells him to sit still for the minute with his son, asking him to teach him the piano.
In closing, Lister says, "Thanks to all the fans and haters. It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it. John Lennon said it all, now Siri repeats it. What is God? Whose time travelling now? It's a great life."