The large-scale figurative paintings of New York painter Judith Tawil are expressive, dynamic, and brimming with life. With a strong sense of line and an elegant use of composition, Tawil chooses bold, often unexpected colors to elucidate emotive resonance, elaborate gesture, and make her figures come alive. She is not so much concerned with space or depth from the picture plane but rather focused on her subject and the many nuances to be found when confronted with the complexities of the human form.
One element that distinguishes Tawil’s work is the thickness with which paint is applied to canvas, both conveying a strong sense of movement and rhythm and also accentuating the use of brushstroke and the many layers of subtlety and meaning found therein. Tawil shows us, the viewer, that just as each of her subjects is entirely unique, so are the many levels of consciousness and experience and emotion that makes that person human—and that remind us of our own unique experience in this world.
Judith Tawil is a retired professor of literature and currently lives and works in New York City.