Jenny Saville Biography - ArtLyst
Jenny Saville was born in Cambridge,England in 1970 she earned her degree at Glasgow School of Art in 1988-1992 afterward she studied on a six month scholarship at the University of Cincinnati Ohio She was inspired by all of big women she encountered in America. Jenny reminisced, "Big white flesh in shorts and T-shirts. It was good to see because they had the physicality that I was interested in". Jenny also attended the Slade School Of Art between 1992 and 1993. At the end of her postgraduate education, the leading British art collector, Charles Saatchi, purchased her entire senior show and commissioned works for the next two years. In 1994, Saville spent many hours observing plastic surgery operations in New York and was inspired to incorporate them into her work.
By 1994 many people were familiar with Saville's massive paintings, such as Plan,in which a naked woman is seen from below, her body filling the canvas through a combination of physical bulk and extreme foreshortening. Saville is most often compared to Lucian Freud, with whom she shares a similar and unromantic view of the average female form.
She has reached a wide audience with her triptych painting entitled, "Strategy" (South Face/ front Face/North Face) used by Manic Street Preachers as cover art for their 1994 album The Holy Bible and "Stare" for the 2009 album, "Journal For Plague Lovers".
One Woman Shows
2005 Jenny Saville - MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
2003 Jenny Saville - Migrants - Gagosian Gallery - 24th Street, New York City, NY
1999 Jenny Saville - Gagosian Gallery - Soho (closed), London (England)