Mirus Gallery Denver is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Anthony Lister, Modern Masters. Opening reception will be Friday, September 6th, VIP/Press Opening 6-7 PM then general admission from 7-10 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through October 12th, 2019.
“What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” Eugene Delacroix
When confronted with a moment of rebirth and a moment of reflection, Anthony Lister seeks to firmly hold his position in the art world by showing his style alone can transform iconic artworks we have seen for decades into conversations of then and now. “Modern Masters” Lister’s upcoming solo exhibition at Mirus Gallery Denver, seeks to become a contemporary homage to the old masters like Picaso, Matisse and Warhol. The paintings attempt to amplify the artist’s unique stylized voice with a flair only Lister could produce. Below he has a few words about his most recent works.
“I make artworks about interesting things I like to talk about. I also make artworks about serious social issues I feel need to be talked about. Need for discussion. Art history is fascinating. It is important for me to openly pay my respects to just a few of the masters of whom I admire and have drawn reference to in my own work for years. There were moments while painting for this show where I felt real joy and clarity, in many ways I felt closer to the divine light that has guided painters for millenniums. This exhibition is loaded with literal conversations between myself and the master painter of who’s artwork I am referencing. In the making of these paintings I found it it necessary to recreate the original in every way possible -Including: size dimensions, color pallets, titles and of course subject matter. Only once the work resembled the actual original did I feel comfortable to respectfully respond that my contribution is in some way an accurate representation of a truly impossible collaboration given that every other artist in the show besides myself are dead. Question: how does one improve on perfection? I chose these works from these painters that I admire because I love these works. I don’t think for a second that by me adding anything onto them in anyway could improve these masterpieces from their true forms; to think this would be both arrogantly foolish and ridiculously vain. Having said that and to be completely honest, as a painter I found myself struggling with this regularly. There was only one way that I could make these works; I needed to imagine as if I was actually collaborating with these painters. I had to imagine that they each gave me permission to finish the artworks each had “started“ many years ago.” Anthony Lister.