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. Collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Broad, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and Saatchi Collection, London. Recent institutional exhibitions include the 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2005); Norton Museum of Art, FL (2011, traveled to Modern Art Oxford, England, through 2012); “Jenny Saville Drawing,” Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, England (2015–16).
A major survey of works by Saville is on view at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, through September 16.
Saville currently lives and works in Oxford, United Kingdom.