Rosetta 2, 2005–06
Oil on watercolor paper, mounted on board
99 1/4 x 73 3/4 inches (252 x 187.5 cm)
Reproduction drawing IV (after the Leonardo cartoon), 2010
Pencil on paper
89 5/16 x 69 5/8 inches (226.8 x 176.8 cm)
Reproduction drawing IV (after the Leonardo cartoon), 2010
Pencil on paper
89 5/16 x 69 5/8 inches (226.8 x 176.8 cm)
Shift, 1996–97
Oil on canvas
130 x 130 inches  (330 x 330 cm)
Red Stare Head IV, 2006-11
Oil on canvas
99 3/16 x 73 13/16 inches (252 x 187.5 cm)

“Fascinated by the endless aesthetic and formal possibilities that the materiality of the human body offers, Saville remits a highly sensuous and tactile impression of surface and mass in her monumental oil paintings. In the compelling Stare paintings she renders the contours and features of the face and the nuances of skin texture and color in strokes both bold and meticulous. Enlarging the facial features of her human subjects to a vast scale and rendering them in layer upon layer of paint, she imbues in them with a sense of mass and weight that is almost sculptural and at times wholly abstract. Intense pinks, reds, and blues erupt through pale skin tones, disclosing the internal workings of the painting like the flesh and blood of a living organism. ”

Gagosian Gallery
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