Jenny Saville  (British, 1970) 

Jenny Saville (British, b.1970) is best known for her rich, naturalistic paintings of large, fleshy women, often featuring images of her own body in her work. Saville was born in Cambridge, England, and attended the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. An exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, as well as her inclusion in the Young British Artists group, launched her at a young age to international fame in the 1990s. Her style has been compared to that of Lucian Freud (British, 1922–2011) and Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640), and she is renowned for her reinvention of traditional oil painting, her arresting images of weighty, foreshortened female forms, and her examinations of the physicality of the body. Saville has exhibited her work in galleries around the world, and teaches at the Slade School of Art in London. She lives and works in Sicily.

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Jenny Saville, Bleach


Jenny Saville
New York Academy of Art
Jenny Saville, Self Portrait


Jenny Saville
Self Portrait
circa 1992

Crane Kalman Gallery
Jenny Saville, Reproduction drawing IV (after the Leonardo cartoon)


Jenny Saville
Reproduction drawing IV (after the Leonardo cartoon)

New York Academy of Art
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Jenny Saville, Plan


Jenny Saville
Plan, 1993
oil on canvas


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Jenny Saville, Passage


Jenny Saville
Passage, 2003-2004
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Jenny Saville, Untitled (Study)


Jenny Saville
Untitled (Study), 2004
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1970   Born in Cambridge, England
1988 - 1992   Attended the Glasgow School of Art
  Lives and works in Oxford, England
2009   Paint Made Flesh, Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville, TN
2007   Global Feminism, Davis Museum and Cultural Center - Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
2006   "Speaking with Hands," Museum Folkwang Essen
2006   "Zurück zur Figur: Malerei der Gegenwart," Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich
2005   "The Figure in and out of Space," Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2005   "Jenny Saville," Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma
2004   "SITE Santa Fe's Fifth International Biennial," International Biennial Exhibition Site Santa Fe, NM
2003   "Of the Moment: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection," Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
2003   "Rotunda: County Hall" and "Works from the Collection," The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2003   Painting, Museo Correr, 50th Biennale di Venezia
2002   The Nude in 20th Century Art, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
2002   "On Perspective: Belvilacqua, Giersbach, Edwards, Lazzarini, Oursler," Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen
2002   "The Physical World: An Exhibition Of Painting And Sculpture," Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2001   "Naked since 1950," L&M Arts, New York, NY
2000   "Les Voluptes," Borusan Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul
1997   Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
1994   Young British Artists III, the Saatchi Gallery, London, England
1992   Critics Choice, Cooling Gallery, London, England