Jane McAdam Freud 1958-2022



Jane McAdam Freud, daughter of Lucian Freud, was an internationally acclaimed sculptor and multi-disciplinary artist. Much of Freud's life was dedicated to encouraging a critical discourse around arts and psychoanalysis, whilst engaging younger audiences through her active teaching roles.


Freud lived and worked in London, UK, having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Central Saint Martins College, London, in 1981. Following this, she went on to be awarded the British Art Medal Award Scholarship in Rome – an accolade she held for three years. Freud subsequently completed her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in 1995.


Most often recognised for her sculptures, Freud’s work features prominently in the permanent collections of museums and galleries around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the National Gallery Archive, London, and The Brooklyn Museum, New York. The British Museum made their first acquisition in 1979 while she was still a student at Central Saint Martins.


The artist was an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, and regularly taught at a number of other institutions in London. Her study of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis resulted in a number of colourations with psychoanalytic societies and centres in New York and Beverly Hills. Freud's work draws from the rich source of her own family background, referencing both the remarkable collection of antiquities and sculptural objects collected by her grandfather and the cultural legacy of Freudian psychoanalysis which has had a profound and lasting effect on the contemporary psyche.