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Photorealistic Portraits by Judith Elsasser

A painting of a young woman sitting on the floor of a dance studioAli, oil on canvas

Judith Elsasser’s incredible photorealistic portraits capture the heart and soul of her subjects. Most of her portraits appear candid, with her subjects immersed in everyday activities or work.


In Judith’s Soul of the Market series, the artist paints shop owners and artisans at a food market, at work or surrounded by their wares. Judith’s other series include portraits of children and family members, still lives, and nudes. I like seeing Judith’s nude portraits of regular women, some of them simple and minimalist, and others in elaborate natural environments.


A painting of a baker standing in his shop with loaves of breadIvan, Future Bakery, oil on canvas

Judith also has a selection of drawings and sketches up on her online portfolio. It’s great to be able to see these drawings as part of the artist’s process, though they could also easily function as stand-alone pieces. The sketchy lines come together to form highly detailed faces, before drifting apart again leaving the portrait beautifully unfinished. 


A painting of a small white dog on watercolour paperRusty, acrylic wash on watercolour paper

A screen capture of Judith Elsasser's art

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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