Jane Freilicher is a painter of Long Island landscapes and cityscapes of New York City in a fluid style, some of which she adapted from Abstract Expressionism and her period as an action painter. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie-Mellon Institute. She earned her Bachelor of Art degree from Brooklyn College and an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University. She then studied with Meyer Schapiro and Hans Hofmann and married a jazz musician through whom she met the free-spirited and artistically talented Nell Blaine. Freilicher took informal classes from her and became part of Blaine's social group that included Larry Rivers and occasionally Jack Kerouac.
But Freilicher tired of pure abstraction, asserting that quite often the underlying material emanating from the subconscious was dull material. She found more challenge in realism and had fourteen solo exhibitions at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Her realism has been called gestural realism because she tries to capture the movement of the moment to create a sensual experience for the viewer. Many of her subjects are fields and water scenes from her Long Island summer home at Watermill, but she is also challenged by the irregular geometry of New York City architecture.