Born in 1970 in Cambridge, Jenny Saville has become one of the most respected, valued and thought-provoking of artists to emerge into the British and international art world in the last fifty years.
Upon graduation from Glasgow School of Art in 1992, Jenny Saville was to attract the attention of Charles Saatchi, the leading British collector of contemporary art. Participating in the exhibition Young British Artists III at the Saatchi Gallery, London in 1994, Jenny was to receive critical and commercial acclaim, becoming a recognised artist within what loosely became known as the Young British Artists (YBAs).
Jenny has predominantly focused upon the female body in her work over the last near-three decades. Works have often been derived from the observation, in both actual and image form, of the likes of plastic surgery procedures, autopsies and other anatomical images. Jenny has also focused upon the subject of motherhood and pregnancy in her work, often inspired by the "old masters" and their treatment of the subject, often adapting the typical "Mother and Child" religious imagery and applying it to her own self and children.
Jenny Saville is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London and her work is collected internationally, with exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Ahsmolean Venice and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
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