Figureworks ®
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-486-7021

hours: Saturday, Sunday 1-6PM
and by appointment

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alexander ney terra cotta
Alexander Ney
Balance, white terra cotta, 11" x 11" x 7"

Figureworks is dedicated to bringing you contemporary and 20th century fine art that explores the human form. Established artists drawing inspiration from the human figure are represented. Figureworks handles a diverse selection of figurative art incorporating the male and female nude, portraiture and narratives. Many mediums are represented including pencil, pen & ink, oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, glass and sculpture.

Figureworks opened in 2000 and is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, where works on this site and related figurative art may be viewed.

arlene morris

Arlene Morris
Untitled, oil on board, 16" x 16" x 2"


20th CENTURY
ARTWORK

Figureworks is pleased to offer original 20th century drawings, paintings and sculpture by prominent WPA, regional and international artists. Artwork will be continually updated as works are sold and/or catalogued. Please contact us for more information concerning pieces posted or additional pieces by listed artists.

20th CENTURY ARTIST LIST


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: All works within this site are copyrighted and can not be used without Figureworks permission.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

November 14 – December 21, 2014

jane

50 artists have created incredible works of art inspired by the following:

The Christmas Saga
One Christmas in the mid 1960's, my older sister, Jane, unwrapped a very special present. It was a large, beautiful doll in a special edition box – the perfect gift to steal the heart of a ten-year-old girl. A short while later, our less-privileged cousins came over, and my father, feeling charitable to the only girl in their family, made my sister give her new doll to her cousin.

My mother was furious and my sister was heartbroken. Christmas didn't end well that year.  I felt so badly for my sister that I went upstairs and made a doll from an old toilet paper roll to give her as a replacement. This began a yearly tradition in which Jane has received a unique doll from me on Christmas every year. This collection has become quite eclectic ranging from exquisite finds to those on par with that first creation!

In honor of nearly 50 years of this tradition, I enlisted 50 artists to create a doll for a special exhibition where Jane will be our "guest judge”. Her choice will take first prize in the show and become this year’s Christmas Doll.

When I asked my artists to participate, I had no idea how enthusiastically they would embrace this side-project or how cathartic it would be for so many. Most artists have made direct connections to a similar family event that seeded lasting fond or troubled memories.  As they were given no restrictions, the diversity in this work is inspired, ranging from intimate paintings to abstracted, life-size sculptures. One thing became consistent though – each doll evokes a powerful, emotional response far exceeding my initial request.

I trust this stimulating exhibition may now inspire fond memories for each of you too. Thank you all for ending this season on such a high note at Figureworks. Randall Harris, Director


January 9 – March 15, 2015

Without / Color
                     
Part I
Meridith McNeal, Alexander Ney, Joanne Scott
January 9 - February 8, 2015
Reception: Friday evening, January 9, 6-9PM
                       
Part II
Howard Eisman, Fred Hatt, Arlene Morris
February 13 - March 15, 2015
Reception: Friday evening, February 13, 6-9PM

Without / Color is a two-part exhibition featuring six artists. Three artists, Meridith McNeal, Alexander Ney, and Joanne Scott, have executed work void of color. Three artists, Howard Eisman, Fred Hatt, and Arlene Morris, have used a palette rich in color for their work.

The initial concept for these consecutive exhibitions was to explore the impact of color, and lack thereof, in an environment. Figureworks, an intimate gallery, quickly embraces whatever is placed within it and though there have been nearly 100 exhibits in this space, what has transpired from this installation is far more powerful than what was envisioned.

The first of this two-part series are works without color.  Meridith McNeal has created a series of watercolors entitled Liberty Clouded. The Statue of Liberty has been shrouded in fog and rain, addressing the anguish of false accusation and the gross failure of the American judicial system.  Joanne Scott has been figure drawing from life for over 50 years.  Her delicate and beautifully rendered pencil drawings of female forms in repose blur the lines as to whether her subjects are relaxing, sleeping or perhaps deceased. Alexander Ney’s white terra-cotta sculptures are initially whimsical when compared to the two-dimensional works but in context, these elongated portraits and ominous ravens, riddled with patterned holes and far away expressions, evoke a much deeper emotional response.

What makes this particular exhibition so powerful is that it coincidentally opens as the country is in great unrest. This exhibition was designed around space and color, not any political or social agenda, yet these three artists possess such purpose and strength in their imagery that a collective message clearly addresses our current climate and serenely eliminates a color barrier while doing it.

The exhibition of the next three artist’s work will be installed in February and the introduction of color and content will inevitably evoke uniquely unexpected responses.

Figureworks
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-486-7021


Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment


CONTEMPORARY
ARTWORK

Figureworks has an impressive collective of nationally and internationally recognized figure based artists. With the gallery centrally located in Williamsburg Brooklyn, a cultural center for NYC, great attention is given to local artists. Select artists have been listed on the site with various examples of the diversity found in contemporary figurative artwork.

CONTEMPORARY ARTIST LIST


© NOTICE: All works in this site are copyrighted and can not be used without the artist's permission.