Jenny Saville, The Mothers, 2011, oil on canvas, 106 5/16 × 86 5/8 inches (270 × 220 cm)
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Captivated by the endless aesthetic and formal possibilities of the materiality of the human body, Jenny Saville makes a highly sensuous and tactile impression of surface and mass in her monumental oil paintings. Subjects are imbued with a sculptural yet elusive dimensionality that verges on the abstract. In recent paintings, she renews her enduring figurative investigations by depicting bodies embracing and intertwined.
Jenny Saville was born in 1970 in Cambridge, England. She received her B.A. Honors Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2005); Norton Museum of Art, Florida (2011, traveled to Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England, through 2012); and “Jenny Saville Drawing,” Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, London (2015). Her work has been included in several group exhibitions including, “Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection,” Royal Academy of Arts, London (1997, traveled to Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, through 1999); “The Nude in 20th Century Art,” Kunsthalle, Emden, Germany (2002, traveled to ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, through 2003); “Open House: Working in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Museum, New York (2004); “Self–portrait,” National Portrait Gallery, London (2005, traveled to Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney); “Damien Hirst. David Salle. Jenny Saville—The Bilotti Chapel,” Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome (2006); “Paint Made Flesh,” Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville (2009, traveled to Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; and Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York, through 2010); “Summer Exhibition,” Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); “Eroi,” Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Italy (2011); and “Egon Schiele—Jenny Saville,” Kunsthaus, Zürich (2014–15). Saville was included in the 50th International Biennale di Venezia, Museo Correr, Venice, in 2003.
Saville currently lives and works in London, England.