Jacob Bornfriend (formerly Jakub Bauernfreund) (1904-1976) was a well-known painter in oil, tempera and watercolour in the European Expressionist tradition. He was born in Zborov, Czechoslovakia, and studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, 1930-1935, under Professor Willi Nowak. In 1939 he fled to Britain, losing much of his earlier work in the process, and thereafter he anglicised his name. Bornfriend showed his work initially at Bilbo’s Modern Art Gallery during the 1940s and his had his first solo show at Roland, Browse & Delbanco in London in 1950. This was the first of several shows at that gallery. He also exhibited at the Ben Uri Gallery and served on their Arts Committee during the 1960s. His work is held in a number of public collections including The Tate Gallery; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; Ben Uri Gallery & Museum; The Hepworth, Wakefield; Leeds Art Gallery; and Southampton City Art Gallery. Jacob Bornfriend lived in London for many years.


Jacob Bornfriend - Abstract Figures

Artist: Jacob BornfriendTitle: 'Abstract Figures'Description: A framed original drawing in pastel, signed by the artist 'Jacob' recto and inside it is inscribed by him with best wishes for Christmas and the New Year (please see our image) and it is then signed 'from Jacob and..

Jacob Bornfriend - Interior

Artist: Jacob BornfriendTitle: 'Interior with Chair and Plant'Description: A framed original painting in gouache on paper laid to card, signed by the artist 'Jacob' at lower left and inscribed inside by him 'with best wishes - Merry X-mas - with love Jacob and Pippa' (she was Born..

Jacob Bornfriend - Painted Collage with Newsprint

Artist: Jacob BornfriendTitle: 'Painted Collage with Newsprint'Description: A framed original painted collage in mixed media, with newsprint, which is signed by the artist 'J.B.' recto. This work was one of several greetings cards from the artist and his wife to the Slovakian..

Jacob Bornfriend - Red Herring

Artist: Jacob BornfriendTitle: 'Red Herring and French Onions in Blossom'Description: A framed original painting in gouache on card, titled as above and with the name of the artist Jacob Bornfriend recto. This work was one of several greetings cards from the artist and his wife to..