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. 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.

By machine sanding the canvas, the artist opens up the painted surface then repairs it with thread and needle. This technique conveys what von Freyburg calls “the archeology of the painting.” The embroidery expresses a form of nurturing and care, and constitutes for the artist a reaction against the mass produced products and fastness of our time, as well as her longing for a more sensory approach to the world.


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

2010 Shortlist LICC Award, International Creative Award, London UK
2016 Shortlisted Art Gemini Prize September 2016, London

2014 Stichting Heij-Konijn Fonds
2014 Stichting Niemeijer Fonds

2020 May Duo exhibition with Rinke Nijburg, o-68 Gallery Velp The Netherlands
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)
2016 Salon du Printemps, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL (group)
2015/2016 Schloss Neuenbuerg, Karlsruhe, DE (group)
2015 Fireworks, Zerp Galerie Rotterdam, NL (group)
2015 The Uncanny, Zerp Galerie Rotterdam, NL (group)
2015 Salon, Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL (group)
2015 Dots that go for a walk, Galerie Art Nuyens, Arnhem, NL(group)
2015 Houses of Art Marbella, Spain (group)
2015 PAN Amsterdam, Zerp Galerie Rotterdam, NL (group)
2014 Houses of Art Marbella Spain (SOLO)
2014 TETEM Enschede, Wunderkammer met o.a. Ruben Bellinkx, Anouk Griffioen, Jeroen Kusters, Leon van Opstal, Berndout Smilde en Riette