Relevance of Flesh Tones

“I want people to know what it is they’re looking at. But at the same time, the closer they get to the painting, it’s like going back into childhood. And it’s like an abstract piece.. it becomes the landscape of the brush marks rather than just sort of an intellectual landscape”.

There isn’t a single artist out there as technically capable and daring as Jenny Saville. Her paintings grotesque and gigantic in proportions make you feel uncomfortable and personally a bit confused. Tapping into the unconscious with a dab of feminist audacity, she paint’s large-scaled women who are considered “repulsive” and “heavy” in our modern society. Stepping away from these mammoth-like pieces will give an astonishing photographically rendered feel , but as we approach the piece we start noticing flaws, thick brush strokes and gigantic blobs of paint. It’s really incredible how the human eye perceives these pieces. There is not much available on Saville, other than the fact that she teaches in London and her main focus is anatomical art. While reading an article on her i did find that De Kooning is her main source of inspiration. This fact opened up a whole new world for me; I would have never thought that such a technically capable artist would acquire her inspiration from abstract expressionism.

“De Kooning is my main man, really, because he just did everything you can do with paint. He reversed it, dripped it, scraped it. But I want to hold on to a certain amount of reality”


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