Jenny Saville, born in 1970 in Cambridge and residing and working in Oxford, is a British painter best known for her figurative oil paintings. Her pictures or distorted, grotesque, and above all ‘meaty’ female subjects, depict the complicated experience of the body.
Saville rose to fame as one of the Young British Artists alongside Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Her artwork, marked by a Rubensesque style of painting, and blending influences of Cubism, Baroque, and Abstract Expressionism, tackles issues concerning gender binary, obesity, pathological perceptions of the body, how we experience our body, the imposed ideal of beauty and more.
Her distinguished career includes solo exhibitions at renowned institutions, such as the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Venice; the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; the Norton Museum of Art, Florida; the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, among others.