I remember being told one night in Sydney by good friend, Get Funkt, that I have to scope out the art of Anya Brock when I arrive in Perth. Get Funkt you could not have been more right, so thank you my friend.
It just so happened that one of the first pieces I came across when I arrived in Perth was that of Anya’s sexy ladies adorning the outside of Toni & Guy.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long to get my next fix of Anya’s creations. Earlier in the year Anya had a successful solo show at Feast Your Eyes Gallery in Fremantle titled ‘Baby Don’t Save Me’ and here are some of the images from that night.
Anya is an artist in demand and when she was commissioned to do a mural on the outside of Ootong & Lincoln, I was on that train to Fremantle to watch the works unfold. I have said it once and I’ll say it again, Anya operated that scissor lift like a boss! We hope Anya turns to the streets more in the future and covers the walls with her work! The streets are my gallery!
I was really excited when Anya contacted Sydney Street Art Project and asked if we wanted to be involved with documenting the process on her next project at The Bird. Anya was commissioned to paint The Bird and this was captured in 2 parts with over 56 hours of painting and 11 odd thousand photos edited. Part 1 of the painting was released just a short while ago and for those who have not yet seen it, click here. The second and final instalment of Anya painting The Bird is an exclusive for The Tika, enjoy! Part 2: Anya Brock painting The Bird
Anya is busy packing her bags and getting ready to venture over the Nullarbor Plain, cross state borders and come settle in Sydney. So we were very grateful to Anya when she took some timeout to answer a few questions for us:
How would you best describe Anya Brock the artist?
An erratic wolf in a professional sheep’s clothing.
What inspires your creations?
Colour, pattern, space and the want to create something new.
Recently you have taken your talents to the street with large scale murals. How do you compare working in the studio with working on the streets?
hmmm its different. often you’re recreating what someone has seen of yours and wants so its more of an automated thing. you get there and do your thing- its not a struggle or anything… I think i just go into a meditative-working-bee state.
What influences you and ultimately your art?
Visually I’m influenced a lot by abstract expressionists and people who use colour and space wildly. mentally I’m inspired by people who have the courage to be themselves in every situation in their life.
What superpower would you have?
I’ve got all the ones I need.
As an artist, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Follow your heart. Don’t listen to the haters.
What would be your ultimate project to work on?
hmmm I just like doing my own thing. Having the freedom to paint whatever I want whenever I want.
What project are you working on now?
Project ‘lets move our life to Sydney Anya!’
What’s the last artwork you purchased?
I’m buying these amazing paint and collage dots from Austin artist Xochi Solis right now.
Here is your chance to tell us something we don’t BUT should know about Anya Brock. What would that something be?
hmm how bout i can’t draw anything figurative from my head. Ever. Only my geometric stuff. Everything else reference material always. Juicy huh.
Some exciting times ahead for Anya so on behalf of all those that follow we wish her safe travels and every success that will no doubt come her way!
Sydney be on the lookout for Anya Brock and until next time, much love and respect.