Sydney street artist charged with four counts of sexual assault

One of Australia's most celebrated street artists, Anthony Lister, has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and non-consensual tattooing of a woman, with his current exhibition cancelled.

Tuesday morning (9 March), Sydney artist Anthony Lister was arrested by police over four alleged separate accounts of assaulting women between 2015 and 2018. He has also been charged with allegedly tattooing one of the women without consent.

Three of the victims are said to have been art students at the time.

The 40-year old Brisbane-born Lister is a well known street artist, described as having a scratchy style and grimy fusion of high and lowbrow culture, often drawing from television and depicting misguided role models.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina