Artist Decoded: "Adventure Painting" with Anthony Lister

Anthony Lister was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1979. He graduated from the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane in 2001 and traveled to New York soon after where he mentored under the auspices Max Gimblett, one of New Zealand's most influential living artists. Lister began painting on the streets at the age of 17; a location which has become a key part of his practice as a space where he can take pleasure in his 'hobby' of producing art rather than the 'craft' of studio work. He has since exhibited his work extensively within Australia and internationally both in the gallery and on the streets. He is considered to be one of Australia’s most renowned contemporary artists.

Topics Discussed:

  • The process of creating his artwork
  • Exploring the idea of "adventure painting"
  • A curious exploration of the dualities of life
  • Skateboarding abstracting itself into artwork
  • Creative and mental breakthroughs
  • Tactility of art changing or being lost with the advent of technologies
  • His virtual reality app
  • Decorating the apocalypse
  • Seeing artwork in the flesh
  • His love for the work of Egon Schiele

www.anthonylister.com

Artist Decoded: "Building A Creative Community" with Brian Shevlin (Con Artist Collective), interviewed by Michael Donovan

Brian Shevlin is the owner and founder of The Con Artist Collective which is an artist community, creative co-working space and gallery founded in early 2010. The collective is located in The Lower East Side in New York City. They are an active community of creatives, curating group shows & social events, encouraging collaboration & inspiring imagination.

www.conartistnyc.com

Interviewer for this episode is photographer and podcaster, Michael Donovan.

Artist Decoded: "The Importance of Telling Your Own Story" with Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty was born in Sydney, Australia in 1973. He has an Honorary Doctorate from Western Sydney University, a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, a Bachelor of Visual Communication from the School of Design at the University of Western Sydney and certificate level studies in Aboriginal History and Culture from Monash University. Widely known for his thick, gestural oil paintings Quilty has explored a range of themes throughout his career. From the dangerous coming of age rituals of young Australian men, to the complex social history of our country, he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and belonging.

He won the 2002 Brett Whitely Traveling Art Scholarship, the 2007 National Self Portrait Prize, the 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the 2011 Archibald Prize and most recently the Prudential Eye Award for Contemporary Art in Singapore.

His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, QAGOMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art along with numerous regional and private collections.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Making work about who you are
  • Writer's block being a fallacy. How there's no shortage of things to talk about in your artwork.
  • Curating your artistic vision
  • His trip to Lebanon and following the Syrian border to view refugee camps
  • Using writing as a creative medium while traveling
  • His love and interest in human rights
  • Myuran Sukumaran's story and Ben's involvement with teaching him how to paint while Myuran was imprisoned in Indonesia for drug trafficking. Myuran was later executed by firing squad for the charges.
  • The debauchery of young masculinity
  • Western cultures lacking rites of passage ceremonies
  • The economic rationalization of education
  • Contemporary trends in the art market
  • Dissection of the survival and / or death of painting
  • David Hockney's iPad art
  • Spending time with his children
  • Australian Frontier Wars
  • Larrikinism
  • Vincent Namatjira

www.benquilty.com