Aniya Defries

Being an original thinker, Aniya Defries (London, 1982) has always been fortunate to move within creative circles who have continued to inspire her. Artists and personal friends all praised Defries’ naïve interpretations and continued to encourage her. Their enthusiasm spurred her on to pursue exercising her hobby to the extent of creating portraits of family and friends on a regular basis. The artist also take delight in creating her own interpretations of famous characters – past and present. She also creates land and cityscapes of a similar style and ilk.

Defries’ methodology is considered quirky and refreshing – portraying a naïve innocence to the subject using clean, bold lines accentuated by a simplistic pop of vibrant colour. Indeed, the artist believe her work reflects who she is – uncomplicated – but offering a raw and honest energy.

Aniya Defries studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and thereafter developed a successful career working in TV production and commercials, spanning over a period of 17 years. Therein, aside of being a keen film buff, she has readily embraced a passion for the Arts on every level. Defries therefore welcomed the opportunity to enrol in a life drawing class with ‘The Princes Trust’ in Hackney. This was purely for leisure – a past-time providing light hearted escapism – and she became immediately hooked. Nowadays, Defries lives and works in Palma and she is represented by Kaplan Projects.

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Meet me drinking some bubbles, 2023

Charcoal and pencil on paper
45.5 x 61.5 cm
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Meet Miles sitting on a green chair, 2023

Charcoal and pencil on paper
74 x 103.5 cm
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Meet Natti Standing, 2021

Charcoal and wax on paper
60 x 120 cm
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Meet Oliver listening to jazz, 2023

Charcoal and pencil on paper
61.5 x 45.5 cm
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Untitled, 2023

Charcoal and pencil on paper
45.5 x 61.5 cm
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Untitled, 2023

Charcoal and pencil on paper
45.5 x 61.5 cm
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Untitled, 2023

Charcoal and pencil on paper
45.5 x 61.5 cm
I'm interested