Interview with the artist: Anthony Lister on the Work Club Sydney Barangaroo Viking Mural

1. In mid-2018 you completed a mural for Work Club Global. What was your biggest influence?

Obviously Vikings.


2. How much of the work in planned vs spontaneous as you paint?

Roughly 70% planned in sketches concerning mainly with the composition and subject matter. Then 30% organic and spontaneous.


3. What does the mural aim to say?

I see it as a love story between a man and a woman. I see an epic adventure on a wild sea. I see a hero, I see a villain. However those words speak to you as the viewer is what the work will say to you.


4. If the audiences takes one thing away from the mural, what would you like it to be?

To be honest; if it was liked so much by anyone like enough to want to photograph it and show it to a friend that would be cool. I feel very privileged and fortunate to be able to do what I love and have people appreciate the work I make.


5. In your opinion is there a perfect position to stand in to digest and enjoy the mural?

I recall the view from the rooftop opposite to the wall was quite good.


6. How long did it take for you to complete?

About four hours if I recall correctly.


7. How did you know when the work was finished?

It was dark and I had exhausted my supply of a particular paint I was using.


8. What were the tools you used to complete the mural?

From memory I believe it was a combination of spray paint and archival exterior paint applied mainly with roller brushes on long poles.


9. Are walls your preferred canvas?

No not particularly. As much as I enjoy working in gigantic proportions I also enjoy the intimacy of preparing smaller and often much more considered and time consuming creations in my studios.


10. If you could associate the mural to one music track, what would it be?

Probably something epic; like deep-voiced men chanting. I imagine whatever music is playing at the beginning of the film called : Beowulf. Either that or whatever song is playing in the background of the YouTube clip sensation: Techno Viking.