Anthony Lister is one of the new artist/badass combinations who have a very distinct visual expression. His style is impossible to imitate and straddles the line between impermanence and durability, flirting with both street art and “proper” art. Last night at New Image in Los Angeles, his latest works were unveiled which did not feature any superheros or popular culture items: it featured popular art items as subjects.
Lister tackled Impressionists by giving his take on what his ballerinas would look like and what his van Gogh would look like and how he would do Impressionism. The pieces were all very informal, most without frames, some partially painted onto the wall, his notes and commentary on every piece all over the gallery. His work is intentionally not pretty and at points very ghostly, bordering the macabre: it’s like a delightfully playful and cocky middle finger to popular artists of centuries past. It’s super great.