Judy Takács Paints People


Judy  Takács has been a painter of people
since she began her art career in 1986 with a
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the
Cleveland Institute of Art.


Judy was honored with Signature Status by the Akron Society of Artists. And, though she was only a young 50, Judy also has been  invited to join the short list of legendary Cleveland artists whose work is archived at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.  Her Two-artist Inaugural Exhibit at the Artists Archives is scheduled to open May 24th, 2018. Judy is honored that her co-exhibitor will be Cleveland legend, Marilyn Szalay, who passed away in 2012.  Szalay’s oversized and powerful graphite figurative drawings will compliment Judy’s colorful and expressive portraits.

Judy is past chair, and now serves on the New Media Relations Committee for the Cecilia Beaux Forum of the Portrait Society of America.

Since 2009, Judy has been working on a provocative and fun painting project called Chicks with Balls. She has been asking her female friends to take off their tops and pose holding a variety of balls.  Check out the blog and follow the story of this growing, living portrait project that has traveled to venues in Ohio and Pennsylvania…so far!

In 2013, Judy was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Grant for Individual Artistsic Excellence for her Chicks with Balls project.

A winner of nine “Best of Show” or Top Honor awards since 2010, Judy Takács has exhibited in group and juried shows around Northeast Ohio at the Valley Art Center, Lakeland College, BayARTS,  Summit ArtSpace in Akron, the Butler Museum of American Art, ArtNEO Museum and the Zanesville Art Museum. Her work has been exhibitted at the historic Samagundi and National Arts Clubs in New York City and been recognized by the Portrait Society of America, Allied Artists of America, Catharine Lorilard Wolfe and The Art Renewal Center.

Ever seeking new and fascinating people to paint, Judy has painted the elderly at her hometown Senior Center, as well as retired octogenerian nuns at their assisted living facility. These extended initiatives have resulted in three solo shows; The Solon Senior Project, The Age of Adventure and NUN. The book is available on blurb.com.

In 2011 Judy's work was featured
in a Solo Exhibit “His Hers and the Truth: Human Realism” at
Notre Dame College
of Ohio.

She has focused primarily on painting people with understanding, irony and a high degree of painterly realism. She sometimes stages human situations with models, dressed or nude, who pose as actors in paintings of stories yet to be written. Other times the stories are told through the intense and expressive lines of their faces.

In the Spring of 2015, Judy Made her curatorial debut at the  Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, with Majority Rising. She curated a figurative show from venerable archived figurative artists at this cultural institution that keeps the legacy of Cleveland Artists alive. The artists whose work she chose for the show were, Shirley Campbell, Kathleen McKenna, Marilyn Szalay, Lee Heinen and Marsha Sweet. Judy’s contribution to the show was a portrait of each of the living artists, as well as a self-portrait. These can be seen under the heading “The Painted Artist” on this website.

Judy paints each and every day at the spacious studio in her home in Solon, Ohio. Judy lives here with her husband Scott and their three boys…though one is in college now… all of whom get painted again and again.

Judy Takács


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online store: JudyTakacs.bigcartel.com

Many paintings available for purchase, see her
online store for affordably priced figure studies, alla primas and small works.
All other works, please inquire at judytakacs@me.com.

And check out her blog about her ongoing ballsy project, Chicks with Balls: