Freilicher, Jane

Jane Freilicher was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. She studied with Hans Hofmann and received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1948. While her work shows the influence of the abstract expressionism of her youth, she ultimately tired of pure abstraction and turned to creating intensely personal representational paintings of Long Island landscapes, New York City scenes, interiors, and still lifes. She has consistently rejected prevailing artistic fashion to produce subtly colored, witty, quiet, urbane, incandescently atmospheric paintings and prints. Living and working in New York City and Water Mill, Long Island during the 1950s and 1960s, Freilicher was part of a lively group of artists that included the figurative painters Larry Rivers, Nell Blaine, and Fairfield Porter, and New York School poets John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O’Hara.
Among awards that Freilicher has received are the Benjamin Altman Prize for Landscape, from the National Academy of Design, New York; the 12th Annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, given by The Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York; the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize for Painting, also from the National Academy of Design; and the Gold Medal for Painting of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.