Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Super Natural Disorder 2
mixed media on canvas
78 x 80 inches
(198.12 x 203.20 cm)

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Control Freaks

Anthony Lister's Power Tripping takes a well-aimed pop at authority...

Without wishing to get too party political, it’s a bad time to be an Australian liberal. Prime Minister Tony Abbott isn’t winning himself many friends with his style of leadership, and Anthony Lister, an artist based in Brisbane, would seem unlikely to be putting a tick in his box come re-election. Power Tripping, his new collection on show in New York, has a point to make about authoritarian regimes, and on the topic of governmental control of the people, Lister said “Over time, the whip has been replaced with the sword, and the sword replaced with the gun” and the characters in his paintings reflect a kind of imbalance of power or repression in their presentation as grotesque comic book heroes and villains, puffed-up and pumped-up.

Lister calls his style “adventure painting”, which is an experimental process which embraces accidents, drips, splodges, expressionist brushwork and spray-paint. As well as this series of paintings being exhibited at Jonathan LeVine Gallery (closing date 26 July), the artist will be painting a mural in Lower Manhattan as part of the LISA Project NYC.

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Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Hands on Hips
mixed media on canvas
37 x 28 inches
(93.98 x 71.12 cm)

Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Jessie
mixed media on canvas
18 x 18 inches
(45.72 x 45.72 cm)

Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Sitting Pretty
mixed media on canvas
22 x 17 inches
(55.88 x 43.18 cm)

Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Snobby Cop
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 inches
(91.44 x 91.44 cm)

Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Lady Guard
mixed media on canvas
35 x 35 inches
(88.90 x 88.90 cm)

Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Indonessia
mixed media on canvas
18 x 12 inches
(45.72 x 30.48 cm)

Anthony Lister — Power Tripping at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Anthony Lister
Back on Top
mixed media on canvas
36 x 20 inches
(91.44 x 50.80 cm)

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