Jenny Saville’s Entry: humanness reduced to meat

By Skye Sherwin

Hailed as an heir to Soutine, Bacon and Freud thanks to her fleshy way with paint, the English artist seeks subjects whose appearances challenge the norm

Jenny Saville's 1990s breakout work with obese female bodies on supersized canvases – as seen on the Manic Street Preachers' Holy Bible cover – were discovered by Charles Saatchi, who supported her for 18 months before exhibiting the results as part of Young British Artists III when she was 23. She has since sought other subjects whose appearance challenges the norm, including people fresh from cosmetic surgery.

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