Anne von Freyburg
Velp, The Netherlands, 1979

Lives and works in London, UK

Anne von Freyburg’s practice rethinks textile and the decorative within the tradition of painting. It embraces and subverts the female gaze, the feminine and pretty. Historically, craft and decoration have been perceive as lesser than the “intellectual” fine arts. By combining them, von Freyburg challenges this underlying hierarchical system.

At the same time, the artist reclaims the female history of textiles, the feminine, the pretty, decoration, the domestic and female nude. “I paint with materials,” observes von Freyburg.

Embellishment has been associated with the feminine, frivolous, and excessive, and was thus repressed within the rhetoric of Modernism. Detailing and fabric were viewed as decorative extras.

von Freyburg recent work translates old masters paintings from the Rococo period into paintings constructed of a mixture of tapestry and contemporary fashion fabrics. With these works von Freyburg attempts to raise questions about taste, femininity, high and low art and the constructs of female identity. Her work is a celebration of the sensual, textural and visual pleasures of materials and ornaments. Besides its visual pleasures it can also be read as a comment on excessive consumerist’s behaviour and self-indulgence.

Through her work, she seeks a renewed significance and meaning of the decorative, detail and fabric while celebrating the feminine. Von Freyburg is part of a group of artists seeking a renewed significance and meaning around crafted materials.



2024          ‘Standing on The Shoulders of Giants, Saatchi Gallery London, UK

2024          Debut show, Project Space Kcontemporary Denver, USA

2024          Solo show ‘Papillotage’ HOFA Gallery London, UK

2024         ‘Dream Keepers’ group show Szydlowski Gallery Warsaw, PL

2023          Ki Smith Gallery, NYC, USA

2023          Miniartextile 32 Como, Italy

2023          Eleven Twenty Three, St Bartholomew The Great Church, London

2023          Art Buson Seoul, HOFA Gallery

2023          Art Basel Hongkong, Art Central, HOFA Gallery

2022          Art the Hague Art Fair, o-68 Gallery, Velp NL

2022          Art Miami Art Fair, HOFA Gallery London

2022          Robert Walters UK New Artists Award, Saatchi Gallery London

2022-2023 17th Tapestry Triennial, Centrale Textile Museum in Lodz, PL

2022          ‘Go Figure’ Daniel Raphael Gallery London, (group)

2022          ‘Salon’ Tsivrikos Shake Gallery London, (group)

2022          Duo exhibition with Rinke Nijburg, o-68 Gallery Velp, NL

2022          Group Show, ‘Fragile’ Letrangere Gallery London, UK

2021           Ingram Prize exhibition

2021           End of Residency show PLOP x, London

2021           ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Gallery London

2021           Robert Walters UK New Artists Award, Saatchi Gallery London

2021          ‘Focus On The Female’, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, UK

2021          ‘Skin Deep’,  Duo exhibition, James Freeman Gallery London, UK

2020          Group show, Zerp Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

2019          Group Show, Zerp Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

2019          Florence Trust Summer Show

2018         ‘Rebel Without A Cause’  Zerp Gallery Rotterdam, NL (solo)

2017          Art Rotterdam 2017, Zerp Gallery, (artfair) NL

2016          Tactile Bosch, Cardiff, Wales UK (group)

2016          Art Gemini Prize, Asia House, London (group)

2014          Houses of Art Marbella Spain (solo)

2013          Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, Symbiosis, NL (solo)

2014-2016 Master Fine Art, Goldsmiths University of London
1997-2001 Bachelor in Fashion Design, Hogeschool voor de Beeldende kunsten Arnhem, ArtEZ
2014 Ecole Lesage Paris, Haute Couture Embroidery level 1 en 2.

2018-2019 Florence Trust Residency London 2021 PLOP x Cob. Winter Residency

2021 Winner of The Robert Walters UK New Artist Award 2021 Shortlisted Ingram Prize 2020 Shortlisted Jackson’s Painting Prize
2010 Shortlist LICC Award, International Creative Award, London UK
2016 Art Gemini Prize September 2016, London

2014 Stichting Heij-Konijn Fonds
2014 Stichting Niemeijer Fonds

Interview with Widewalls

Article in Not Real Art magazine

Feature in Friend of the Artist magazine

Feature in ArtPlugged magazine

The Standard, The best exhibitions to see this week in London, from Anne von Freyburg to Barbara Kruger. (February 1 to 8)

Interview with Floorr magazine

Article: Interview in Arts in Square Magazine.

Interview with Les Nouveaux Riches Magazine

Feature in Artists Responding To Magazine, issue 7

Interview with Claire Toole, ‘Friends of the Artist’ magazine, volume 15.

Artemorbida Textile Arts Magazine, interview, July 2022 nr 08

Create Magazine, contemporary art magazine

New Visionary magazine, nr 06

Suboart Magazine, interview, September 2023 issue.

ArtScope Magazine March/April, 2021 Centerfold. US

Artforum, mention of exhibition ‘Skin Deep’ James Freeman Gallery London.

Embroidery, The Textile Art Magazine, May June 2021, One to watch.

Art Plugged, Anne von Freyburg x Nigel Grimmer ‘Skin Deep’

Art Verge, interview, untitled after Boucher

Textiel Plus magazine, Mixed Media, Spring issue 65, 2021, highlight artist

Decorating Dissidence article

Textile Art Magazine, interview, 2021

The Flux Review 2021, Q&A

Pan and the Dream, US

Textile Curator, interview

Juxtapoz Magazine, Paintings by Anne von Freyburg

Blanc Magazine

Art Viewer, Selection of works at Art Rotterdam, 2017

Creative Boom, six emerging artists to watch in 2017