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 has recently been 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.  She now chairs 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…and she couldn’t be more excited!

Always one to keep many balls in the air, Judy spent the last few months of 2013 painting the Retired Sisters of Notre Dame. These inspired paintings of wisdom and beauty of peaceful old age was shown at the Notre Dame College Gallery in South Euclid, Ohio in a solo exhibition called, NUN: Judy Takács Paints the Retired Sisters of Notre Dame, in April 2014.

Many of the nun paintings, along with selections from her Senior Paintings were shown together in a solo show at the Kendal Gallery in Oberlin, Ohio in August of 2014, The Age of Adventure: Judy Takács Paints Retirement.

A winner of eight “Best of Show” awards since 2010, Judy Takács has exhibited in group and juried shows around Northeast Ohio at the Valley Art Center, Fairmount Arts Center, Lakeland College, BayARTS, Beck Center, Summit ArtSpace in Akron, the Butler Museum of American Art 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 and The Art Renewal Center.

In 2012, Judy embarked upon “The Solon Senior Project” where she painted seniors once a week at the Solon Senior Center in her home town. This project has created a buzz, and received press and internet coverage in Solon. In November 2012 the exquisite gallery at the Solon Center for the Arts hosted this exhibition of the paintings that resulted from these encounters.

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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Many paintings available for purchase, prices start at $3000.
Please inquire at judytakacs@me.com.

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