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Jenny Saville
Torso 2 (2004), oil on canvas, "Saatchi Gallery
Born (1970-05-07) 7 May 1970 (age 47)
"Cambridge, England
Nationality British
Known for Painting
Movement "Young British Artists

Jenny Saville "RA (born 7 May 1970) is a contemporary British painter associated with the "Young British Artists.[1] She is known for her large-scale painted depictions of "nude women. Saville works and lives in "Oxford, England.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Saville was born on 7 May 1970 in "Cambridge, England.[1] Saville went to the Lilley and Stone School (now The Grove School Specialist Science College) in "Newark, "Nottinghamshire, for her secondary education, later gaining her degree at "Glasgow School of Art (1988–1992), and was then awarded a six-month scholarship to the "University of Cincinnati where she states that she saw "Lots of big "women. Big white flesh in shorts and T-shirts. It was good to see because they had the physicality that I was interested in" - a physicality that she partially credits to "Pablo Picasso, an artist that she sees as a painter that made subjects as if "they were solidly there...not fleeting.".[3]


At the end of Saville's postgraduate education, the leading British art collector, "Charles Saatchi, purchased her senior show. He offered the artist an 18-month contract, supporting her while she created new works to be exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery in London. The collection, Young British Artists III, exhibited in 1994 with Saville's self-portrait, Plan, as the signature piece.[4] Rising quickly to critical and public recognition in part through Saatchi's patronage, Saville has been noted for creating art through the use of a classical standard—figure painting. Although Saville's chosen method is traditional, she has found a way to reinvent figure painting and regain its position in the context of art history. Known primarily for her large-scale paintings of nude women, Saville has also emerged as a "Young British Artist (YBA). Much of her work features distorted flesh, high-caliber brush strokes and patches of oil color, while others reveal the surgeon's mark of a plastic surgery operation. In 1994, Saville spent many hours observing "plastic surgery operations in New York City.[5]

Saville has dedicated her career to traditional figurative oil painting. Her painterly style has been compared to that of "Lucian Freud[6] and "Rubens. Her paintings are usually much larger than life size. They are strongly pigmented and give a highly sensual impression of the surface of the skin as well as the mass of the body. She sometimes adds marks onto the body, such as white "target" rings.

Since her debut in 1992, Saville's focus has remained on the female body, slightly deviating into subjects with "floating or indeterminate "gender," painting large scale paintings of "transgender people. Her published sketches and documents include surgical photographs of liposuction, trauma victims, deformity correction, disease states and transgender patients.[7]

Select works[edit]

Cover art[edit]

Saville's painting Strategy (South Face/Front Face/North Face) appeared on the cover of "Manic Street Preachers' third album "The Holy Bible.[13] Stare (2005) was used for the cover of the Manics' 2009 album "Journal for Plague Lovers.[14] This album cover placed second in a 2009 poll for "Best Art Vinyl.[15]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Royal Academy of Arts: Jenny Saville RA | Artist | Royal Academy of Arts, accessdate: 29/08/2014
  2. ^ "Jenny Saville". "Gagosian Gallery. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jenny Saville Biography Archived 13 March 2008 at the "Wayback Machine.". Artbank.com. Retrieved on 5 February 2008.
  4. ^ "SAVILLE, Jenny." Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 24 Sep. 2015. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/benezit/B00300069>.
  5. ^ "Jenny Saville Biography, Works of Art, Auction Results - Invaluable". Invaluable.com. 
  6. ^ Cooke, Rachel (9 June 2012). "Jenny Saville: 'I want to be a painter of modern life, and modern bodies'". The Guardian. London. 
  7. ^ Schama, Simon. "Jenny Saville". The Saatchi Gallery, 2005. Retrieved on 6 February 2008.
  8. ^ "Jenny Saville - Feminism and Self-Portraiture". Art1eproject.wetpaint.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Gallery of the Work of Jenny Saville". Employees.oneonta.edu. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Smith, Roberta (15 October 1999). "ART IN REVIEW; Jenny Saville". "The New York Times. 
  11. ^ "Jenny Saville". ArtForum. 1999. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Jenny Saville: Destroyer of False Fetishes (Fine Art Year One. January 2009.) « theshutteredroom". Theshutteredroom.wordpress.com. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Middles, Mick. "Manic Street Preachers". London: Omnibus Press, January 2000. p.136. "ISBN "0-7119-7738-0
  14. ^ Rogers, Georgie & O'Doherty, Lucy. "Supermarkets cover up Manics CD ". "BBC News, 2009. Retrieved on 28 June 2009.
  15. ^ "Best Art Vinyl 2009 Winners". Art Vinyl. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Evening Standard Website". Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Modern Art Oxford website shop exhibition poster Jenny Saville 2012". Retrieved 21 October 2015. ["permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Ashmolean Museum exhibition Titian to Canaletto Jenny Saville Drawing". Ashmolean website. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Jenny Saville - April 14 - July 9, 2016 - Gagosian". Gagosian. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 

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