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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anna meltzer
Anna Meltzer (1896-1975)
Filing Her Nails, 1942, oil on canvas, 42" x 35"

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.

Audrey Rhoda
Imperfect Women Series, 2015
oil on canvas, 41' x 36"


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.


michael sorgatz

Michael Sorgatz
Charmed Entanglements
April 29 - June 5, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 29th, 6-9PM

Artist Statement
" The first comment people make on seeing my work is about color. I love using bright colors, colors that vibrate off the surface of the painting and make an immediate and direct connection with the viewer. My subjects are figures in urban environments. I’m inspired by the way the city and its inhabitants constantly change and reinvent themselves to adapt to new situations. The busyness of the city translates well into a very active paint surface.
In my pictures I depict figures walking either individually or in small groups. The composition resembles the view of a city street with the placement of pedestrians creating a visual rhythm as they move through the space. My paintings feature a highly abstracted method of depiction – a figure can be reduced to a gesture or built from simple shapes, while architectural elements are noted with directional lines.
I apply the paint using a variety of techniques to explore the full range of painting and its possibilities. Sometimes the paint is applied thickly, creating lush slabs of paint. In other places it can be brushed thinly as a wash or thickly with the bristles drawing furrows through the stroke, it can be smooth or textured with uneven layers of paint accumulating to form valleys and ridges. I’ll use nontraditional tools like sticks or cardboard to create new unexpected textures.
I see painting as a visual language that the eye reads as it moves across the surface of the painting. The contrast between using paint as a means of representation and exploring its material properties creates visual excitement as the painting cycles between representation and abstraction. Figures can emerge from the activity on the painting’s surface or the image can deconstruct into an abstract exploration of pictorial elements depending on how different passages are viewed. I’m continually exploring new methods and ways of thinking about the process of painting."

willy hartland
Willy Hartland
New York City Sketchbook
Animation Drawings
June 10 - June 26, 2016
Reception: Friday, June 10th 6-9PM

jessica hargraves
Jessica Hargraves

New Work
July 2 - July 31, 2016
Reception: Friday, July 8th 6-9PM


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.