Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jenny Saville inspired paintings

The 5th years started out the year by studying the work of Jenny Saville. Jenny Saville is famous for her large scale canvases depicting fleshy women. She gained her degree at Glasgow School of Art (1988–1992), and was then awarded a six-month scholarship at the University of Cincinnati, where she states that she saw "Lots of big women. Big white flesh in shorts and T-shirts. It was good to see because they had the physicality that I was interested in" - a physicality that she partially credits to Pablo Picasso, an artist that she sees as a painter that made subjects as if "they were solidly there....not fleeting". This project involved an in depth study of the anatomy of the face through drawing, photography, and ceramics but also required students to investigate the qualities of paint, and in particular how Saville uses the medium of paint. The students started the project by extensively drawing the face and head from different viewpoints using different techniques.


They then went on to make a reproduction of Jenny Saville's famous self portrait 'Mirror Mirror'.

'Mirror Mirror' by Jenny Saville

Here are a some of the students attempts

To finish the project the students chose a portrait photograph to reproduce using similar painting techniques to Saville's.

Here are the results.

Amy Holdcroft
Jill Kinch
Amber Penders
Andrea Kelly
Chloe Sawyer
Katie-Ann Holdcroft
Alana Grennan Brennan