ART INTERVIEW / SHOW
'WOKE UP ON FIRE'
Super Hero! Lister may seem like one at times with his larger than life personality. Considered by many as Australia's premier street artist, his murals have covered walls all over the world. His unmistakable style can't be ignored. Figurative paintings with an abstract sensibility leaves you searching through his work for hours, always finding something new. With his most recent work, Lister brings you into his process with written notes all throughout the work, like 'More Picasso References' and 'Here Too (Fix Asap).' His love for his heroes like Picasso and Warhol are ever present in his work. From cubist paintings of Iron Man to pop culture references in our fascination with the super hero world of Marvel comics. Robert Fontaine Gallery says, "Lister’s newest body of work captures the human connection, and our collective fascination with Heroes and Villains; good and evil, and the power they hold metaphorically." 'Woke Up on Fire' an exhibition of 15 large scale paintings, explore the artist’s ongoing interest and romance with the Myths and the cultural significance of Super Heroes.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with the Australian artist about his art, creativity, and what he wants to accomplish with his work. We will be covering Lister's exhibition this week during Miami Art Week. For now check out our interview with the acclaimed artist. Enjoy!
Woke Up On Fire
Opens December 4th
Robert Fontaine Gallery
2750 NW 3rd Ave.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Superpowers are such a great way to describe imaginations and dreams. My mind fills up so quickly when I even begin to think of that question that it almost immediately dismisses it from being asked due to rational thought overriding the concepts I imagine in essence are too far fetched. So to answer your question simply: ‘time travel’.
How important is it to be fearless when creating and does vulnerability come into play with that?
Absolutely it does. To act with freedom and confidence is to behave fearlessly and yes with that comes experimentation and that inevitably finds one in places both failure and success. Painting is problem solving and problem solving is natural forced into action by problem creating.
How does your approach differ from outdoor murals to indoor fine art?
The approach is similar when it comes to mental preparation even though the differences from the private solace of the studio to the busyness of outdoor public spaces is striking. Technically the whole business of painting a surface literally upscales quite a lot. This happens in a few ways, for one it is very physical and mostly a lot of hard work. Secondly the tools I use are larger and heavier outdoors compared to in the studio and naturally the volumes of paint used to paint some gigantic side of a building in comparison to even a large sized canvas is much greater. Conceptually over the years my subject matter has become less divided between to two seemingly different practices as they have slowly overlapped both culturally based in a movement and as an individual pursuing a career in fine art.
You’ve created your own versions of Picasso’s, Warhol’s, etc. Who is the one artist that you’d love to collaborate with?
I have collaborated with many dead and living artists and I look forward to many more collaborations in the future. One of the artists I dreamed to work with came to fruition a few years ago when I was asked to make images for a story book Nick Cave has written. Collaborations with writers, musicians, dancers, sculptors, engineers, architects, brands and certainly painters is always interesting and a great way to learn about yourself and how others work.
Where is the best place to see art and be inspired?
Museums and public galleries.
Is creativity taught?
My instinct tells me no. That creativity is something that comes from deep within your soul and transmitted through tools that your character and spirit wield.
What elements do you look for in your work to consider it good and ready?
If an artwork makes me smile I consider it good. If an artwork makes many people smile (for whatever reason) I consider it successful.
What do you want to accomplish with your work?
To make until I am an old man. To build exciting and adventurous exhibitions in museums around the world. To echo in eternity. For my work to inspire positivity and astute individual introspection. To inspire courage and creativity in children for centuries to come.
Keeping in mind that “the light always discovers that darkness was there before it” let’s just go with green today.
Images by: Anthony Lister
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