Tuesday, December 4, 2007
my artist of the week is Jenny Saville. Her painterly style has been compared to that of Lucien 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. Since her debut in 1992, her focus has remained on the body. Her published sketches and documents include surgical photographs of liposuction, trauma victims, deformity correction, disease states and transgender patients. I really admire the brushwork in her paintings, not to mention the color and the style.
I think Jenny's work is very similar to Shawn Barber's paintings, his tattoo series. I see very similar painterly qualities in some of the brushwork and style in theses paintings.