Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville is an English artist, born in Cambridge in 1970. Her work is instantly recognisable by the imagery her paintings depict. She portrays exaggerated and grotesque nudes of the human body, predominantly female. The figures are typically obese, Saville stating that she focuses on a certain body type as she wants to paint modern bodies. The way she presents these people objectifies their bodies and makes them appear brutalised and monstrous.

Propped, 1992

She has a multitude of paintings of intergender bodies of transgender patients. She has described this as an exploration of “floating or indeterminant gender”.

Passage, 2004

The scale of her paintings are larger than life size, oil paintings of high pigment and quality. She has decribed a use of directional mark making to manipulate the eye across the body. The result is tactile and sensory paintings that depict the human form in a disturbing but fascinating light.


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