Jane McAdam Freud

United Kingdom 1958

Installation, Sculpture, Digital Art


Jane McAdam Freud
Jane McAdam Freud
United Kingdom
March 17, 2016

Jane McAdam Freud is a multidisciplinary artist, internationally praised for her sculptures, but she expresses herself through digital art, video art and installations, too. She is the daughter of Lucian Freud and Katherine McAdam and great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud. The family heritage influences are indisputable, and this brilliant artist proudly preserves and enriches her family legacy. Her work can be read like a book and expounded like a psychoanalysis session. Everything is open to interpretation, from the shapes of the sculptures to the material she uses. Although her project explores the process of intuition, some of her content includes family bonds, mother-daughter relationships, love, creation, and self-exploration.

Jane McAdam Freud with her 2010 sculpture ´Stone Speak.' (detail) (www.wsj.com)
Jane McAdam Freud with her 2010 sculpture Stone Speak, photo via www.wsj.com

Psychological Background

A Born Londoner, Jane started her education there and got her first degree from Central School of Art and her masters from the Royal College of Art. She was then awarded the British Art Medal Scholarship in Rome where she studied sculpture for three years, on her extended Scholarship. Her commitment to the art world is tremendous and she only continues to progress. Jane believes that what we do and where we come from is what makes us what we are. Everything about her sculpture is more than what it seems as her concepts are informed by psychological imperatives. Her sculptures are biographical, but they are also archetypes that reveal aspects of our individual personality.

McAdam Freud first felt the power of catharsis while making the large head sculpture of her father

Jane McAdam Freud - sculpture of her late father Lucian Freud (detail) (www.pinterest.com)
Jane McAdam Freud – sculpture of her late father Lucian Freud, photo via www.pinterest.com

Family Heritage

Jane had an artistic approach to everything from early childhood. Coming from a family of creative intellectuals she could not have gone in a different direction. Although she struggled for a while to accept her family heritage, Jane eventually found herself embracing her legacy. Art is more than therapeutic for her but she first felt the power of catharsis while making the large head sculpture of her father. Using heavy materials she made a large, heavy, stable sculpture in order to preserve her father’s life. That was her way of coping with his death. McAdam made him inanimate from one side – his eyes are closed and mouth shut. From the other side, his eyes are open, his mouth looking as if he is about to speak. He vanished from the material world but is ever present in her life. The same goes for any father figure.

Wired sculptures metaphorically indicate the process of shaping one’s relations with others

Jane McAdam Freud - Poetic Encounter, 2015. Courtesy Gazelli Art House and the artist, phto credits www.arsty.net
Jane McAdam Freud – Poetic Encounter, 2015, photo courtesy Gazelli Art House and the artist

Open Wire Frames

Jane McAdam Freud made a switch to a lighter composition and material for her Mother Mould project, but the topic she explored stayed as difficult as topics can get. While examining the cultural phenomena of motherhood, her work spans concepts of childbirth to the complex relationships we have with ‘the mother’ both as a personal and a cultural figure. Wired sculptures metaphorically indicate the process of shaping one’s relations with others. The wire has to be folded and molded, shaped and fixed and it all requires strength, patience, and dedication. Wire mesh with its unruly character challenges the creator to be resilient in maintaining a vision. The resulting wire sculpture is sheer, but there is nothing transparent about the meaning of Jane’s art. It is buried deep in the soul, layered with psychological symbols and expressed with great thought and feeling.

She is represented by Gazelli Art House, Mayfair, London.

Jane McAdam Freud lives and works in London.

Featured image: Jane McAdam Freud, photo credits www.carechoices.co.uk

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Pasmore GalleryHarrow School, London Solo
2015RetrospectiveWooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, South KoreaSolo
2015Mother MouldGazelli Art House, LondonSolo
2014Dance of Disapproval -War WorksIvy House, Hampstead, LondonSolo
2014Parallels, 2 man showThe Priory, RoehamptonSolo
2014Italy On IdentityGallery Martini Ronchetti, Genoa, ItalySolo
2014In the Mould of the FathersC2 Contemporanea, Florence, ItalySolo
2014In My Own Image – Ill FitBritish Psychotherapy FoundationSolo
2014Painted EarthHarrow Arts Centre, UKSolo
2013Medals for Dreaming & DoingPushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, RussiaSolo
2013Taking CarePalazzo Tagliaferro, Andora, ItalySolo
2013Family MattersGazelli Art House, Baku, AzerbaijanSolo
2012Recent WorksMinerva Theatre 4th, Chichester Art LectureSolo
2012Three GenerationsWhitelabs Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2012Flesh and StoneNew School House Gallery, York, UK Solo
2012Family MattersGazelli Art House, Mayfair, London, UK Solo
2012Lucian FreudMy Father, Freud Museum, London, UK Solo
2011HiStory - 2D selectionJagalonian University, Krakow, Poland Solo
2011HiStory - same old, new oldAustria General Consulate Gallery, Cracow, PolandSolo
2011HingedFreud Museum of Dreams, St Petersburg, RussiaSolo
2011Dead or Alive, travelling exhibitionScreening, Psycause, Pribor, Czech RepublicSolo
2011Random Plus, travelling exhibitionSundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, USASolo
2010War worksCentre for Jewish Culture, Krakow, PolandSolo
2010Random, travelling exhibitionSundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USASolo
2010Freud on FreudNew Center of Psychoanalysis, LA, USASolo
2010Stone SpeakFreud Museum, London, UK Solo
2009AtonementLondon Centre for PsychotherapySolo
2009TwoGether, (2 Man Show)Art Workers Guild, Bloomsbury, London, UK Solo
2009Dead or Alive, travelling exhibitionScreening and Presentation, National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NYC, USA Solo
2009Repetitions (Pups and Prints), travelling exhibitionKosciuszko Foundation NYC, USASolo
2009Other SideHarrow and Wembley Progressive SynagogueSolo
2009Repetitions (Pups and Prints), travelling exhibitionNew York Psychoanalytic Society, NYC, USASolo
2009Dead or Alive, travelling exhibitionScreening- MediaTek Lecture, Lung Yingtai Foundation, Taipei, TaiwanSolo
2008Dead or Alive, travelling exhibitionScreening- Philoctetes Centre for the Imagination, NYC, USASolo
2008Dead or Alive, travelling exhibition4th Int. Symposium Psychoanalysis and Art, Florence, ItalySolo
2007Recent WorksGerman Psychoanalytic Society, BerlinSolo
2007Relative Relations, travelling exhibitionMuzeum Novojičínska, Moravia, Czech RepublicSolo
2007Relative Relations, travelling exhibitionHarrow Museum, London, UKSolo
2006Reflections on Subject as ObjectBeverley Knowles Fine Art, London, UK Solo
2006Relative Relations, travelling exhibitionFreud Museum, UK Solo
2006We DoAdele Boag Gallery, Adelaide, AustraliaSolo
2004Give and TakeAshmolean Museum, Oxford, UKSolo
2001Resonating, travelling exhibitionThe Gallery, University College Cork, UKSolo
2000Annabel bustDet Norske Veritas, London Bridge, UK Solo
1999Resonating, travelling exhibitionThe Contemporary, St. Louis, Missouri, USASolo
1998On the Edge, travelling exhibitionMarishal Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK Solo
1998On the Edge, travelling exhibitionSimmons Gallery, Bloomsbury, London, UK Solo
1997On the Edge, travelling exhibitionHunterian Museum, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Solo
1997On the Edge, travelling exhibitionFitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK Solo
1996On the Edge, travelling exhibitionYorkshire Museum, York, UKSolo
2016Culturelines Sans FrontieresARTinTRA, Athens, GreeceGroup
2015Facing HistoryVictoria and Albert Museum, LondonGroup
2015The CutTint-Art Gallery, Chichester, West SussexGroup
2015Newby Hall SculpturePark North, YorkshireGroup
2014Bad BehaviourBrixton East Gallery, LondonGroup
2014National Art OpenSomerset House, LondonGroup
2011BoundariesGazelli Art House in association with C99 Art ProjectGroup
2011Silent AuctionFreud Museum, London, UK Group
2011Excessive Optimism Art Show(Ancestor) Royal College of Art, London, UK Group
2011Down to EarthGazelli Art House at Paddington Studio, London, UKGroup
2011London Art FairGazelli Art House, London, UK Group
2010ScienarUniversity of Calabria, ItalyGroup
2010ScienarNational University of Art, Bucharest, RomaniaGroup
2009Art on the EdgeRoyal Cornwall Museum, TruroGroup
2009Fresh AirQuenington Sculpture TrustGroup