Anne von Freyburg

Anne von Freyburg (b. 1979) is a Dutch artist based in London. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths (2016) and holds a BA in Fashion Design from ArtEZ Arnhem, The Netherlands. Her work is part of the Tapestry Triennial at the Central Textile Museum in Lodz, Poland (2022) one of the most prominent international Textile Museums worldwide.
Von Freyburg is the winner of Robert Walters UK New Artists Award (2021) and exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, London. She was nominated for The Ingram Prize (2021) and took part in the PLOP x Cob. Winter Residency followed by an exhibition in November (2021). Von Freyburg’s work is in several private collections all over the world. The large-scale textile paintings are reconstructed Rococo portraits made out of a mixture of tapestry and contemporary fashion fabrics.
The imagery focuses on a stylised idea around feminine beauty as found in the tradition of Boucher and Fragonard. With these works von Freyburg attempts to raise questions about taste, femininity, high and low art and the constructs of female identity.
The appropriated paintings are created with acrylic ink and then translated into hand-stitched fabrics and sewing techniques that give the work an almost bodily presence. Whilst on the one hand playful and referencing the decorative quality of their sources, the over-indulgence in these works also points to the excesses of throwaway fashion, selfies, and consumerism. By combining fine art with applied art in a conceptual way she aims at blurring the boundaries between them.