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Jenny Saville

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Branded, 1992 Oil On Canvas 84 X 72 In.
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Rosetta 2, , 2005-2006 Oil On Watercolor Paper, Mounted On Board 99 1/4 X 73 3/4 Inches (252 X 187.5 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery
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Shift, 1996-1997 Oil On Canvas 130 X 130 Inches (330 X 330 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery
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Suspension, 2002-2003 Oil On Canvas 115 X 178 3/8 X 3 1/4 Inches (292.2 X 453.1 X 8.2 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery
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Untitled (Stare Study), 2005 Oil On Watercolor Paper 59 4/5 X 47 4/5 Inches (152 X 121.5cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery
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Reproduction drawing I (after the Leonardo cartoon), 2009-2010 Pencil On Paper 89 1/8 X 69 1/2 Inches (226.3 X 176.5 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery
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Red Stare Head IV, 2006-2011 Oil On Canvas 99 3/16 X 73 13/16 Inches (252 X 187.5 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery - Madison Ave.
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Untitled, 2014 Pastel And Charcoal On Canvas 66 X 15 1/6 X 98 7/16 Inches (170 X 250 Cm) © Jenny Saville. Photo by Mike Bruce
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Ebb and Flow, 2015 Oil Stain, Pastel And Charcoal On Canvas 63 × 102 3/8 Inches Unframed (160 × 260 Cm) © Jenny Saville. Photograph by Ashmolean Museum Photo Studio
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Cambridge, England
Birth year
1970
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Statement

Jenny Saville is an English painter and a leading Young British Artist (YBA). Saville is best known for her monumental images of women. She does not meet the usual public perception of the YBAs as she has dedicated her career to traditional figurative oil painting. Her painterly style has been compared to that of Lucian Freud 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.

Her early paintings applied modern feminist theory to the traditional genre of the female nude. She has since used her strongly figurative style to address broader issues such as gender and sexual identity.

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