Figureworks ®
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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


fine art of the human form


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Leonard Baskin
Self Portrait at 59
watercolor on paper, 22" x 17-1/2"

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
Girl with Owl
oil on board, 20" x 16", 2015


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.


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



April 26 - June 9, 2019 

Paul Fris
Willy Hartland
Akemi Takeda
Mary Westring

April 26 - June 9, 2019

Our NYC subway system is a constant source of entertainment and frustration.  And directly effecting Figureworks in Williamsburg is the notorious L train, which has weathered years of upheaval and, most recently, a projected total closure for tunnel repair to Manhattan.  Fortunately, that full closure has been averted so you can still use the L to come enjoy this subway-themed exhibition - TRANSITION, featuring four local artists uniquely inspired by our transit system.

Paul Fris is a world traveling photographer, strikingly capturing local customs and cultural.  The series Tunnel, is a rare view into the repairs and construction of our NYC tunnels.  Quoting from graffiti found while shooting on site, Fris sums up this series - “deep below with only two ways to go…"

Willy Hartland is a long time Williamsburg resident and multi-award winning animator.  In 2016, Figureworks showcased the trailer and drawings for “New York City Sketchbook”- his most recent animated film.  Extracting from this film, Hartland has created a short subway film that will be accompanied by his inspirational subway sketches.  "Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that NewYorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.  I look for patterns of movement in the subway trains, ferries, taxis and pedestrians as they overlap and crisscross each other".

The inspiration for Akemi Takeda's ongoing subway series comes from defaced billboards seen along the subway platforms.  In this work, her photographed images are heat transferred onto large sheets of paper and painstakingly expanded upon with colored pencil and graphite.  Moving from Japan to New York City in 1976, she notes "I find inspiration in found objects throughout the city, and these moments are where I find creative energy. It is this “found energy" that characterizes my drawings and how the images interact with me, and the life force that channels from, through and between them."

In 2015, Figureworks showcased Mary Westring’s ongoing fascination with subway ridership.  Working in multi-media, Westring created a series of drawings, oils and sculpture responding to rider interaction, or lack thereof.  Expanding on this body of work and relying on her masterful execution of the human hand, Westring has completed a 62” long oil painting of idle and busy hands observed on a crowded subway car.  Westring says “Mass Transit, or rather, the transit of the masses. New Yorkers getting from one place to another, submissive, patient, resigned, quiet. I observe them as they sit or stand, lost in thought, reading, listening to their ipods, studying their notes, eating, staring into space, oblivious to their fellow passengers, strangers who share a brief time of enforced intimacy. The subway, where all of us in our individuality become part of an anonymous whole.”

168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211

Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment


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.


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