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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Afro Basaldella (1912-1976)
Composition, watercolor, 7-1/4" x 3-1/4"

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.

susan newmark
Susan Newmark
Red Alarms, mixed media collage, 30" x 22", 2013


**UPDATED 3/16/14**

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.



Liar, Liar
Meridith McNeal & Giuseppe Di Lelio
March 8 - May 4, 2014
2nd RECEPTION: Friday, April 11th from 6-9PM
with Williamsburg's Every 2nd - when the neighborhood galleries stay open late.

meridith mcneal

Figureworks is pleased to present Liar, Liar, a two person exhibition of drawings, paintings, and sculpture by artists Giuseppe Di Lelio and Meridith McNeal.

Lies are tricky things.  Merriam Webster Dictionary tells us that lie is an intransitive verb meaning 1: to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive; 2: to create a false or misleading impression.  What is important here is that there is an awareness or intent in telling a lie.

There is the notion of a “white lie” as a trivial, diplomatic, or well-intentioned untruth. But more often someone benefits and someone loses when there is lying going on. 

Americans are familiar with an antiseptic Disney version of Carlo Collodi’s tale of Pinocchio.  The original Le Avventure di Pinocchio is an ambling story told in serial format set in a poverty-stricken Tuscan village in the late 19th century.  If you scratch the surface a bit, it chronicles the misadventures of a puppet who becomes a liar when subjected to the mistreatment of con-men and bullies.  There are moments of redemption, and also many instances of things that just go badly wrong.

In fact, Pinocchio is each one of us.  Giuseppe Di Lelio’s elegant cast resin sculptures are about the liar that exists within everyone.  Who among us has never told a lie?  About his work in Liar, Liar, Di Lelio elaborates: “I jotted down a curious line I read (in a not so interesting blog): ‘Lies are like sex and nobody in the world can say they did not know, either directly or indirectly the rules of this ancient game.’ (Le bugie sono come il sesso e nessuno al mondo può dire di non conoscere per via diretta o indiretta, le regole di questo gioco antico.).  These sculptures and drawings are the manifestation of my thoughts about that ancient game of lies and truth, lying and honesty.  Creating this work is an emotional dynamic dance where the ideas morph and change.  In the end, I return to the maxim of Saint Bellino, one of the healing saints, in which he asserts that the human conscience cannot rest if not in truth.”

Meridith McNeal’s nib pen and ink drawings, huge watercolor paintings, and sewn sculpture are about the nuances of lying in a societal context.  We live in a society where our government and its agents are all to often allowed to lie with impunity. When that happens those institutions hold the strings that can dictate our actions, and in the most extreme cases our fate.   Using imagery that references Carlo Collodi’s tale of Pinocchio, McNeal addresses one of the most petrifying villains steeped in lies -- our own judicial system. 

“There are lies with short legs, and lies with long noses.  Yours clearly are of the long-nosed variety.”   —Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio

Giuseppe di Lelio

168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211

Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment


**UPDATED 3/16/14**

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.